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Old 06-07-09, 11:05 PM   #1
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Oops, I did it (kinda)

CT Coast Crit.
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The first (and only) race I've placed in happened something like that. I took a flyer on the last lap and managed to hold off the field till the base of the hill. One guy came up next to me said something like "lets go" and took off, then another guy nipped me at the line.

I got 3rd.

I'm racing the same course tomorrow, and hoping to do the same if not better

Placed 2nd. My first podium in the 4's. I shoulda started doing the 4 only races earlier!

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Started the race with legs a little hesitant, so I attacked a bit and worked to bridge and bring back a few breaks in the first half of the race. When the pistons were firing, I backed off and just sat in a bit.

Biggest rookie mistake of the day was dropping a bottle...
I was drinking with my left hand with the right hand on the tops, someone slowed and I tried to brake with my left hand with a bottle and it didn't work, so I tried putting the bottle in my mouth and braking. I dropped the bottle, got yelled at, but managed to stop before hitting someone. That's not happening again.

The first bit of the race is a blur. I didn't go for any primes since I wanted to win.

With 5 to go, I start moving up again and making sure I'm at the front. I always go up the outside on this course but today I decide that I want to move up the inside at the sprint.

Last lap, I move up the inside. A guy from kissena is in front of me. I figure he might be a trackie and have a bit of a jump, so I stick on his wheel. He stands and starts going backwards. Oh well, there goes my chance of placing.

Wait! He found a gap on his right. It's now or never because the opening on the right is tiny. It's a long way to the finish, but I jump with sprinters 10-15 meters ahead of me.

I. Want. To. Win.

I push and push till the hill becomes a little steeper. In a last ditch effort, I stand and push harder. I'm closing in on the last guy ahead of me. Just a little more.

Damn, there goes the line...

I was closing on the guy who won and I woulda had him in a couple more seconds. Coulda, shoulda, woulda.

I'm ecstatic that I managed to see the opportunity the second it presented itself.

My final move was 33 seconds at 680 watts with a max of 1002 when I stood up to sprint. Given that I had absolutely no leadout for the sprint, I'm pleased.

Won 80 bucks. And I used my race winnings to do the 3/4 race.

Also, 20 min NP was 299W. Wowza...



You can see me on the left most line. I'm the 2nd guy back. That's where the sprint started for the guys at the front. I started sprinting about 2-3 seconds after that and still managed to close that gap for 2nd. Not a bad day at all!


I'm not sure if the pictures were out of order, but I think this is my sprint. I just went and kept going!
Actually, just realized it's not the sprint. I still have my bottle attached
I think I was chasing down a break here. It's early in the race since I have most of the water in my bottle.

3/4 Race:

Nothing to report really. Felt good during the entire race and wanted to have another go to try and get a top 10. Told my teammate I was behind him with 3 to go. He started chasing after a break, and caught it. But he burnt his last match in the process.

Coming up in the final lap, he isn't really advancing fast enough but for some reason I stick on his wheel and don't jump or grab another wheel. I came around him up the hill but it was way too late. He still pulled me to the front of the race so he did his job. I just failed at mine.

Position, position, position. Needs work. That's what the weekly training crits are for. I'm going to try winning them every week from now one

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Old 06-07-09, 11:10 PM   #2
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wOOt! Amazing how clear the time to jump is after the fact, isn't it?
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Old 06-07-09, 11:19 PM   #3
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wOOt! Amazing how clear the time to jump is after the fact, isn't it?
Haha, yeah. In the 3/4 race, I kept hoping my teammate would go again during the last lap, but he did so much work in the last 3 laps to bring me to the front that it was 100% my fault for not working for better position.

Won't make that mistake again.

In the 4's. I picked a bad wheel, and bad placement, but seemed to make the most of it
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Old 06-08-09, 04:42 AM   #4
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Good Job ! I got a late start in the sprint ... couldn't gain enough ground.
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Nice! Way to go RTC!
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way to go RTC!
2nd is a great result.
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Good Job ! I got a late start in the sprint ... couldn't gain enough ground.
Haha, me too. But I just friggin' went.

Will you be at nutmeg next week? Come say hi!
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Old 06-08-09, 07:35 AM   #11
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Way to go man!!
At this point in my own season, a strong pack finish seems like a pipe dream, so 2nd overall is unworldly!!
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Good job! Your first podium?
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Good job! Your first podium?
1st in the 4's.

I got 3rd in the 5's once.

Edit: Some guy told me he'd de-nut me if I did well in the 3/4 race. I'm bummed I didn't place better just to piss him off

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Excellent Ridethecliche!!! I loved some of the real time feel to the report (e.g., "Oh well, there goes my chance of placing. Wait! He found a gap on his right") and the top-of-mind photo descriptions (e.g., "just realized it's not the sprint. I still have my bottle attached "). Congrats, and an enjoyable read!!
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good work RTC, keep working on it!
I agree on the training crits, I am more loose in the training races and thus race much more aggressively- go for the win every time in those!
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Excellent Ridethecliche!!! I loved some of the real time feel to the report (e.g., "Oh well, there goes my chance of placing. Wait! He found a gap on his right") and the top-of-mind photo descriptions (e.g., "just realized it's not the sprint. I still have my bottle attached "). Congrats, and an enjoyable read!!
Thanks. It's funny though, I never really remember much about the early part of the race. It's just, move up here, recover there, chase down a break here or there. That's about it.

I totally droped the hamur on my bottle.

I ran it over the next lap, I was thinking "It would be so ironic if I crashed after running over my own bottle..."

I got yelled at a lot. Oh well.

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Nice job! Sounds like a great finish!

Keep in mind that many of the people yelling in cat4 races are just sketchy themselves and are easily freaked out.
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Nice job! Sounds like a great finish!

Keep in mind that many of the people yelling in cat4 races are just sketchy themselves and are easily freaked out.
I always notice that I rarely, if ever, get yelled at in 3/4 races. Though I've been tempted to yell a few times when riders squeeze into gaps forcing me to lean on someone else.

In the 4's, it's just my reacting to what's going on in front of me that causes people to freak out behind. It's rather annoying, but whatever

How was your weekend of racing ze?
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Good work.

Great fight for your placing.
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Haha, me too. But I just friggin' went.

Will you be at nutmeg next week? Come say hi!
I should be there. The Bethel course bores me and I don't get very motivated. I like New Britain so maybe I'll try a little harder.

I'll try to look you up. I'll be one of the old Bethel riders (w/ a blue helmet). CDR can point me out. I hooked him up with some old skinny tubulars I didn't need.
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I'll try to look you up. I'll be one of the old Bethel riders (w/ a blue helmet). CDR can point me out. I hooked him up with some old skinny tubulars I didn't need.
Ah, the skinny tubulars. If it doesn't rain on Wednesday I hope to be riding at least one of them. Definitely owe you one/two back.

RTC - didn't realize you did so well, congrats! 3-4 race was definitely weird, slow, etc, but for me that was a saving grace. To allow two guys such a gap in the last lap was just plain weird. My mind and reality sometimes don't coincide so I'll review the videotape before I make any calls on that whole thing.

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I'll be an awfully tan brown man with those red glasses and the silver caad9.
I might try to do the 4/5 and 4's.

I just realized that my bike is really heavy. Honestly, it's probably over 20 lbs in race kit. I think I'm going to get a few things for it eventually, i.e. full carbon fork eventually.

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Great fight for your placing.
Ya know what they say! "It's called racing, not waiting around for ***** to happen."

Saw an opportunity and went! Hopefully it'll happen more often

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Ah, the skinny tubulars. If it doesn't rain on Wednesday I hope to be riding at least one of them. Definitely owe you one/two back.

RTC - didn't realize you did so well, congrats! 3-4 race was definitely weird, slow, etc, but for me that was a saving grace. To allow two guys such a gap in the last lap was just plain weird. My mind and reality sometimes don't coincide so I'll review the videotape before I make any calls on that whole thing.

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Lol. I saw you with those tires! I was like, wtf is cdr doing?

When I saw you at the tent right when you got there just after the 4's. You said you came in just as the race ended. You asked me how I did. I said, "I'm not sure, but I think I got 2nd."
Haha.

I'm a little bummed about the 3/4 race, but I'm surprised that I felt good enough to think I had a shot at a top 10 after the first race. Next spring is going to rock!
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I'll be an awfully tan brown man with those red glasses and the silver caad9.

I just realized that my bike is really heavy. Honestly, it's probably over 20 lbs in race kit. I think I'm going to get a few things for it eventually, i.e. full carbon fork eventually.
I doubt it's that heavy. I ride a CAAD8 with stock slice fork, boring parts, & Mavic Kyserium wheels it's a bit over 18. My antique race wheels probably drop 1/2 lb.

Maybe if I could figure out how to crack the top 10 at that course I'd like it more !
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Nice job RTC. Sounds like a well deserved podium spot.
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