You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.
it was pretty hard to pass people with all those turns right before the finishline, which is why I probably should've fought for a spot during the straightaway.
First 2 laps of the Tour of Austin M40+ @ Circuit of the Americas, this past Saturday. Not mine, posted by another racer. I make a few cameo's hiding in the bunch and missing the winning break.
"have fun and be kind"
- an internet post
"have fun and be kind"
- an internet post
However the rider waits for the second touch with one hand off the bar the whole time, really wants to push the rider and waits for the excuse to do so. This is not good. The sewer grate is a red herring, the rider doing the touching wanted to give the other guy a shove. There was so much time to avoid the other rider that there's no other valid explanation.
If I didn't know better I'd guess that the rider doing the pushing is either more experienced or thinks he's more experienced. The whole thing seems really old school, i.e. stuff that happened regularly in races in the 80s but sort of went out of style in the 90s, at least in this area.
I say "thinks he's more experienced" because a really experienced rider could have taken other aggressive actions that I'd think were better. For example the rider to the right could have simply moved more to the left (closer to the other rider), moved up a bit, moved back a bit, etc.
When he moves in on you you're plenty clear. You didn't have to do anything except stay between the two wheels in front of you. It's tight, given the whole situation (level of riders around you), but really you were in a weak position tactically speaking.
Your options would have included things like going to the left to follow the two riders that went in front of the yellow bike guy (and the yellow bike guy swerved to avoid), move up harder on the inside (seems difficult), move up at least to be more even with the yellow bike guy (seems more possible), follow red rider (who is the wheel to the right).
Ultimately though your weak tactical position limited your options.
I agree that the other rider probably didn't do anything intentionally aggressive. He seemed preoccupied with survival.
I find it difficult to read that course. Personally I don't know how I'd approach the various bends etc. I figure it would be more strung out in the higher categories with moves shooting up the sides and lots of closing doors and such.
Another video to go with the Keith Berger one. Shovel helps me out in this one. Fun race, fighting for Shovel's wheel for a bit, etc. I have one more race from that week to do (haven't even started it) and one more race for this season.
I have a couple OTB clips I should probably do just to get the course down for future reference.
Great videos guys! Here's one off the bike of the 2013 Carlsbad Grand Prix Pro 1/2. Pretty raw so it's shaky and noisy but watching Bahati do his thing is instructional. Like I learned I'm slow as hell. My clock says they're doing about 29.45 mph.
so I have this 10g video from my gopro, and it's taking FOREVER to import it. Should I increase RAM? Get a new Graphics card? upgrade processor? I'm using videopad video editor.
Processor and RAM. When I import video I just leave it overnight. I use iMovie. My faster Mac has 16GB RAM and a quad core 2Ghz processor and it takes so long that I just walk away. There are a few stages to the import so I don't know how long it takes overall but it's a couple hours for the first stage. My old machine is a two core, 4GB, and that's several hours for each 3.97GB clip overall.
I shut down everything else the machine is doing to try and help it along, even the backups.
What you should do is (and I'm not a Mac guy here) run Activity Monitor while your machine is importing. I also see that iStat Pro might be a good performance tool, but I know Jack squat about Mac software. See if you can figure out what components are maxed out: processor, memory, and/or I/O. Then attack the worst offender. A system that will handle video with any kind of performance is going to be a beefy expensive machine, but you might be able to rice it a bit with some targeted upgrades. If you do memory, make sure you're getting memory that is the fastest your system can make use of -- don't go cheap just to get more GB.
I see hills.... Bring them on!!!
Stay calm and bring a towel.
so it goes. damn.
looks like u didn't get hurt at least!
I was going to avoid it too, until that guy cut me off.....
I'm always fascinated by how many Fatties there are in crit racing.
more momentum to carry through the corners
Gran Fondo Frederick Md, first climb 1300 ft
I was doing 32 miles while a majority were doing 66 and a few 100. That was the cut for 32 milers.