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Old 05-21-09, 03:10 PM   #1
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Hartford Crit this sunday

Who's going?

I'm in for the 4's.

My first race in almost 2 months. Should be awesome. It's the firsts 4's only race I've done, and I'm hoping to do well. I didn't ride much at all last week, and my sprint has lost its edge so I'm not full of illusions of grandeur, but I think it'll be fun and I might even be able to be a bit of a player.

Who else will I see there?
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ill be there ... only doing the M30+ race ... the 1/2/3 race is too much intensity for the easy week i have this week.

hartford is a good crit to get away on ... just a bit technical ... so keep that in mind.
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I'm doing the Cyclonauts crit on Saturday because the hartford crit is only 10 miles for the 5's, screw that! I'm not driving down there and paying money to race 25 minutes.
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Doing the 3s. Not sure what to expect, other than a hard race.

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Doing the 3s. Not sure what to expect, other than a hard race.

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"Helmet cam?", he asks wishfully.
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I'm doing the Cyclonauts crit on Saturday because the hartford crit is only 10 miles for the 5's, screw that! I'm not driving down there and paying money to race 25 minutes.
I really want to do the race on saturday as well, but I'm working reunion and commencement weekend at school.

I also don't think I could go that hard 2 days in a row.

I figure I'll just ride the training crit in East hartford on tuesday night after racing in hartford on sunday.

I would have loved to race saturday, sunday, and tuesday, but I don't have the legs right now. If I had ridden a bunch last week, then possibly, but not in the condition I am right now.

I really want to race on that race track!
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ill be there ... only doing the M30+ race ... the 1/2/3 race is too much intensity for the easy week i have this week.

hartford is a good crit to get away on ... just a bit technical ... so keep that in mind.
Thanks for the info.

I'll try to stay near the front. I'm hoping I have the fitness for that. Just gotta find that draftttt...

I'll make sure to try getting a couple of laps on the course to warm up and check it out. I've never ridden there before.

Any advice on the corners and such?
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+1 on the training crit, I'll be there too.

The track looks fun, too bad I never was into auto racing.
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+1 on the training crit, I'll be there too.

The track looks fun, too bad I never was into auto racing.
Wait, you're going to be doing the hartford training crits?

I'm on the team that helps run them.

Cool, see you there!

Are you going to be doing them often? They run through the summer. CDR's around as well.

Last week, this guy lapped the A field twice. It was freaking ridiculous...
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Yup, google says it's 54 minutes away so I'm definitely doing a bunch of them, especially with the lack of races in summer around here.

I also want to buy CDRs track bike and hitch a ride with him to NE velodrome most wednesdays ^^
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"Helmet cam?", he asks wishfully.
Actually, I have the camcorder part of it charging right behind me at this moment. I'm thinking that I'll run it if I remember etc etc etc. Plus my last one of Hartford was kinda shaky with a bad connection.

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I also want to buy CDRs track bike and hitch a ride with him to NE velodrome most wednesdays ^^
lol. I'll have to fix up the red car so I can fit two bikes in the car (waiting for wheels and then have to do some work on the car to make it semi-presentable - it runs, it's just embarrassing to be in it). Though I did fit two frames, two wheels, my gear bag, and various misc bags in the blue car, it'd be hard with two riders and two riders' worth of gear on top of 4 wheels and two frames.

Next week I want to bring some nicer wheels. I'm online trying to figure out which spokes I can use to build a front wheel.

I should ask the local shop about a special purchase track bike price whatever. I shouldn't say this but the track rents bike for $5 or something per day, so you could easily do that. $20 ($15 entry, $5 bike) gets you in. And my first day ever on a fixed gear was my first day racing at T-Town.

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You should do a velodrome-cam! I don't think I've ever seen a video of that!

If I do end up buying it off you I can bring my bike rack, I think it fits most cars. Gear for me fits into a backpack so as long as the front seat is open I'm good.

Renting would be a good idea just to try track racing. I've ridden fixed once or twice before, the stopping part was the hardest for me, but no need for that in racing anyway right?
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Stopping isn't a big deal except when you're stopping to get off the bike. Since I was clueless about fixed gear stuff when I started, I almost faceplanted into the portapotties the first night I went to NEV.

The more challenging part for me is not coasting. Every week I inadvertently almost go over the bars because I try and coast somewhere.

My car doesn't take a rack, and it doesn't have much room inside, hence the lack of space. We'll make it work though. They will even store your bike for you for $10/month.

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I'll do the 40+, and 30+ if I have time
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ill be there ... only doing the M30+ race ... the 1/2/3 race is too much intensity for the easy week i have this week.

hartford is a good crit to get away on ... just a bit technical ... so keep that in mind.
How so ?? It's got your basic corners, that's about it.
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Come say hi if you see me!

I'll be in the CVC jersey and Wesleyan University bibs. I might even look hilariously ridiculous because I have to borrow a jersey, and someone offered me a womens small. Lol...

And I'm glad you'll be able to make it down Hocam, that's awesome. Once you get your 4 upgrade, you can double up and hit both the A's and the B's on tuesday nights.
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How so ?? It's got your basic corners, that's about it.
mmm, relative to new britian's crit ? yeah, right it's not like the old burlington crit in vt for KSR but it does have some corners that can .... 'can' become a factor at pace. when the rubberband snaps there are some that get away and there are some that pop.
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mmm, relative to new britian's crit ? yeah, right it's not like the old burlington crit in vt for KSR but it does have some corners that can .... 'can' become a factor at pace. when the rubberband snaps there are some that get away and there are some that pop. :thu mb:
the crit at Killington was in Rutland, not Burlington. I think you mean the GMSR, yes?
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I'm doing the 3s, and my wife is doing the women's open. Could be fun. Could find myself on a short, expensive training ride after getting spit out the back.
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I'm doing the 3s, and my wife is doing the women's open. Could be fun. Could find myself on a short, wet, expensive training ride after getting spit out the back.
Corrected. Weather isn't looking too promising. I hate racing in the rain.

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Corrected. Weather isn't looking too promising. I hate racing in the rain.

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Never done it before, but I've loved riding in the rain so far.

If it does rain, I think it'll be perfectly suited for a break.
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Corrected. Weather isn't looking too promising. I hate racing in the rain.

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I do, too. But my best race this year was that rainy, cold Bethel race where I got in that break with Rick from TT.

On the bright side, it does say 40% chance of rain. Right now it's raining and thunder is rumbling. Great--so much for the bright side.
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Sunny and hot. Crossing my fingers. Leaving shortly.

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Never done it before, but I've loved riding in the rain so far.

If it does rain, I think it'll be perfectly suited for a break.
racing in the rain is fine. racing a crit in the rain is crap.
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That was a terrible race.

Looks like my race legs aren't with me any longer.

I had a hard time finding the draft in the initial single file spread of the course. Then just as I was starting to get the hang of it again, people started crashing around me. It started pouring right before the start of my race.

After seeing 2 crashes right next to me, I pretty much mentally checked out. My brain decided that it was done, and no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make myself go harder.

There's always another race.
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