Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-04-09, 06:39 AM   #1
*new*guy
ambassador of good will
Thread Starter
 
*new*guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NOVA
Bikes: many.
Posts: 2,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fort Ritchie Classic Crit—Saturday, May 9th

I did not do this one last year. Signed up for the masters, but would like to double up. Anyone have any insight regarding the course? Is the "uphill" anything worth mentioning?
*new*guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 07:09 AM   #2
MDcatV
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 6,760
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
didnt do it, and I'm doubtful for saturday - my grass is like a hayfield and my shrubs are turning into weeds. from those I know who did the race last year, no one mentioned anything about a hill, but I did hear that a couple of the corners are "for real".

So, I've concluded it's a good crit with some technical skills required.
MDcatV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 07:36 AM   #3
*new*guy
ambassador of good will
Thread Starter
 
*new*guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: NOVA
Bikes: many.
Posts: 2,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^^same here. I'm hoping the rain will end sometime mid week so I can get a quick mow in.
*new*guy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 07:39 AM   #4
bdcheung
Carpe Diem
 
bdcheung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: MABRA
Bikes: 2007 CAAD9; 2014 CAADX; PedalForce CG1
Posts: 13,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
My parents are in town - good luck to all racing
__________________
"When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!
bdcheung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 07:54 AM   #5
TheJackMove
Insert witty phrase here
 
TheJackMove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Bikes:
Posts: 472
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Signed up but now I can't do it.
Raced it last year-course is somewhat technical, the hill is short and moderately steep, it can hurt you and shell you off the back if you are already struggling, but shouldn't make a differrence in the front of the race. The thing about the hill is that at the top there are 2 90 degree right turn in fast succession and then a left very shortly after that leading into a sweeping fast flat/downhill. It can be a good place to attack. Carrying speed at the top of the hill through those turns will save a lot of energy that could be wasted accelerating on the flat. If it stays together in a pack sprint, the other deciding factor is your positioning and ability to hold speed in the last turn, which is pretty tight and not far from the start/finish line.

That is all.
TheJackMove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 02:53 PM   #6
FatguyRacer
Mmmmm Donuts!
 
FatguyRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
Posts: 2,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
IR the moto jock for this one. Same as last year. More fun to moto on this course than to race it.
__________________
John

'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)

My Blog
FatguyRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 06:37 PM   #7
Treefox
Young and unconcerned
 
Treefox's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Merry Land
Bikes: Yeah, I got a few.
Posts: 4,123
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'll be there - it's like five minutes from my parents so I'll get the double credit of racing and spending the weekend with the folks!

My missus is trying to convince my mom to come with her to watch... I'm trying to convince them both that it's not so exciting if they lack a helicopter and long lens (neither having ever come to watch me race before).
Treefox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 07:33 PM   #8
TheJackMove
Insert witty phrase here
 
TheJackMove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Philadelphia
Bikes:
Posts: 472
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Treefox View Post
I'll be there - it's like five minutes from my parents so I'll get the double credit of racing and spending the weekend with the folks!

My missus is trying to convince my mom to come with her to watch... I'm trying to convince them both that it's not so exciting if they lack a helicopter and long lens (neither having ever come to watch me race before).
Dunno, Joe Jefferson announcing+technical, relatively short-course crit could be pretty entertaining to watch. More than a flat stage of the TdF, that's for sure.

Last edited by TheJackMove; 05-05-09 at 07:45 AM.
TheJackMove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-09, 10:30 PM   #9
FatguyRacer
Mmmmm Donuts!
 
FatguyRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crownsville, MD
Bikes: 1998 IF Crown Jewel
Posts: 2,069
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheJackMove View Post
Dunno, Joe Jefferson+technical, relatively short-course crit could be pretty entertaining to watch. More than a flat stage of the TdF, that's for sure.
Plus you get Joe raggin' on you over the PA when you get shelled OTB.
__________________
John

'09 Cannondale CAAD9 - Team Latitude/ABRT Special.
'04 Lemond Victorie Ti
'98 IF Crown Jewel (dead)
'92 Trek2100 (TT)
'50 something Gino Bartali (fixer)
'02 Ducati ST4s (Moto-Ref mount)

My Blog
FatguyRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-09, 07:20 AM   #10
bdcheung
Carpe Diem
 
bdcheung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: MABRA
Bikes: 2007 CAAD9; 2014 CAADX; PedalForce CG1
Posts: 13,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I thought Joe was an anti-Semite?



















































































































































__________________
"When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!
bdcheung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-05-09, 07:12 PM   #11
aicabsolut
Senior Member
 
aicabsolut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Roubaix Comp
Posts: 1,505
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm signed up. I generally like technical crits (one of the many reasons I skipped Bunny Hop last weekend).

I may double up and do the W4s and Open. We'll see how the morning goes..
aicabsolut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-09, 07:11 PM   #12
RudeSiggy
Senior Member
 
RudeSiggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: '07 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL, DuraAce, Easton EA90 Aero Wheels (or MAVIC Carbone SLs)
Posts: 718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i'm in the cat 4
RudeSiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-09, 07:28 PM   #13
J.Lockdown
Cat 4
 
J.Lockdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Gaithersburg MD
Bikes: Blue RC6AL - Rival Build
Posts: 570
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ill be there in the Cat 5's race. They actually created a 2nd Cat 5 race, but figured ill let people on the wait list fill that one up. I also took Friday off so I might go check out the course with my buddy who's racing, but I might just sleep in and go for a ride instead. Based on the images of the course I don't think their will be really a hill but more a incline at the start/finish. That said at the Waynesboro they said there was a incline at the start and finish and that was definitely considered a hill ha.

One of the advantages to not having a lawn to mow, you can ride instead of have to cut threw the jungle in your backyard after a couple days of rain ha.

Last edited by J.Lockdown; 05-06-09 at 07:31 PM.
J.Lockdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-09, 07:36 PM   #14
dmb2786
Senior Member
 
dmb2786's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 2,020
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'd go if I was CAT4. I hate the morning.
dmb2786 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-09, 03:49 PM   #15
aicabsolut
Senior Member
 
aicabsolut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: 2006 Specialized Roubaix Comp
Posts: 1,505
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
^^ do both cat 5 races in the morning and you'll be that much closer to your upgrade.
aicabsolut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-09, 02:29 PM   #16
J.Lockdown
Cat 4
 
J.Lockdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Gaithersburg MD
Bikes: Blue RC6AL - Rival Build
Posts: 570
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Decided not to be lazy, and took a drive up to look at the course this morning. Ended up talking with who I believe is the promoter or works with them on the race. He knew all about it and what they would be putting were this year. Map of course provided by promoter:


- Incline starts about 400 meters from the start line, at the slight left on the course. This incline continues till the top of the first right turn. Not really a hill but a slight slope up, maybe a couple degrees at most.

For the most part the course is in fair condition, a couple cracks on the road but nothing major. Couple corners might be tight but nothing to bad.

Note about Google Maps directions: (If your coming from around my area or south)
- It will say I-270 continuing North on I-40 W. You will see a exit on the right for I-40 (No direction) DO NOT TAKE THIS exist. Just keep on I-270 which turns into I-40 W.
It got me a little confused cause theirs no signs saying I-270 turns into I-40W until after that exit and google maps has been wrong before.
J.Lockdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-09, 03:41 PM   #17
DJS2688
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 9
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
saw a lot of people (besides jim wilson) taking pictures. anyone know where i can find them?
DJS2688 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-09, 03:47 PM   #18
J.Lockdown
Cat 4
 
J.Lockdown's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Gaithersburg MD
Bikes: Blue RC6AL - Rival Build
Posts: 570
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by DJS2688 View Post
saw a lot of people (besides jim wilson) taking pictures. anyone know where i can find them?
GamJams.net normally posts the links to sites containing images from the weekends races. They have not put them up yet, but hopefully later tonight they will get the links up.

http://www.gamjams.net/
J.Lockdown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-11-09, 07:58 PM   #19
RudeSiggy
Senior Member
 
RudeSiggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Bikes: '07 Specialized S-Works Tarmac SL, DuraAce, Easton EA90 Aero Wheels (or MAVIC Carbone SLs)
Posts: 718
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yeah i've only found jim wilson's too. there are always tons of people taking pics but only jim and a few others posting albums online... we gotta spread the word: we're narcissists! we want pics!

the dad of one of the juniors/cat 4s on my team was taking pics... i emailed him about 'em but haven't heard back. if he posts a link, i'll forward it along.
RudeSiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:32 AM.