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    Some day I hope to win a race by a sizable gap. I'm pretty sure I'm paranoid enough that I'll still do a bike throw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crapweasel View Post
    Some day I hope to win a race by a sizable gap. I'm pretty sure I'm paranoid enough that I'll still do a bike throw.
    I've thrown for wins with a 15 meter lead. Not farking around there. I've raised arms 5m early too, with folks nearby who clearly didn't have any game left, going 5mph slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crapweasel View Post
    Some day I hope to win a race by a sizable gap. I'm pretty sure I'm paranoid enough that I'll still do a bike throw.

    Salsa has one...
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    This is obviously not my video, but an interesting look into a high-powered masters team here in SoCal, some nice info for new racers to absorb about how to strategize a race.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=xWU_V_TrFj0

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=ZTOTugHkj-4

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    The one and only time I've put my arms up early was at Thater, because they weren't going to make up 20 seconds in 50 feet. Otherwise I throw. Every time. It's a Pavlovian response.

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    Monster's ego overload will eventually cause them to implode.

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    I haven't yet had the opportunity to raise my arms in victory at the line in a bike race. However, I did something once in high school during a field event in a track and field competition which could be considered, arguably, similar.

    We were facing our arch rivals in a league meet. The winner knew that they would be the league champs at the end of the year as both teams were head and shoulders above everyone else. Every point was critical. We were on their turf; lots of folks came down to watch this meet, including our AD.

    In the javelin, it was very close between myself and their top guy. A strong wind was making it tricky, and, I don't recall perfectly, but, my technique might have been a bit off that day. In any event, coming into my last throw, I decided to shorten and slow down my run-up as I knew this would give me a bit more control.

    I also decided that if the throw felt good after I released, that I would let out a loud and long yell, like that of a shot-putter, to intimidate their top guy, who threw after me, and to attract and energize the crowd -- we threw on the football field, center stage if you will. The throw felt good; I let out the yell; everyone in the stadium turned to watch while the jav was in the air, and my throw was way past his best mark. All folks on our side let out a cheer. I stayed at the line until the jav pierced the ground. And, right after I saw it land, I turned 180-degrees and walked straight out the back -- not to the side -- and I didn't wait for the measurement; I knew it was over. My arms weren't raised, but, walking straight out the back as I did was, perhaps, in effect, similar. Their top guy's last throw was not his best. (We ended up winning every meet in which we competed...league, various invitationals, States and New Englands...most amazing team that I was ever on.) Sorry about reliving memory lane!!

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    A good leadout from last night's crit.

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    winning alone, with plenty of time to sit up and raise my arms, was the best feeling i've ever had in a race.
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    Here's the beginning of the Koppenberg Circuit race, 35+4:



    This is a classic Boulder race, featuring a 17% dirt hill. Unfortunately, I get taken out 100 yards before the base of the hill, on the first lap. As I was following a teammate up the outside, someone made a very abrupt move for his wheel without checking first to see if anyone was already on it. I kept it upright through the impact, just got knocked sideways a bit, but then he got tangled up in my rear wheel, which abruptly stopped turning (caught skewer QR, or some such). Anyway, this means it's not a very interesting video, but if you're bored, knock yourself out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMF View Post


    A good leadout from last night's crit.
    Very nice pull, HMF. And that does look like some fun racing. If we ever visit the in-laws during sometime other than the holidays, hopefully I'll be able to make it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    Monster's ego overload will eventually cause them to implode.

    YUP…i've been saying that since the first race of the season.
    14 days...

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    Olympic View Road Race (Washington State) from this weekend. Various footage of attacks, rotations in breaks, and the crash at the end.

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    I threw my hands up once for a win. It wasn't even a USCF race. 1992 I think.

    Otherwise I've trained myself to throw the bike no matter what. It's gotten me one really close win (I thought I had it wrapped up, started looking around to see if I could risk sitting up, and a guy was passing me to my right). Sometimes though it looks a bit ridiculous.

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    what happened in that crash forza? i didn't see any wheels touch, it just looked like that dude fell over onto the other guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
    I threw my hands up once for a win. It wasn't even a USCF race. 1992 I think.

    Otherwise I've trained myself to throw the bike no matter what. It's gotten me one really close win (I thought I had it wrapped up, started looking around to see if I could risk sitting up, and a guy was passing me to my right). Sometimes though it looks a bit ridiculous.
    I clearly need to adopt this practice so I can get it down. I think I lost a place, and I know I caused myself some pain yesterday by hooking my gonads.
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    For what it's worth, throwing a bike under duress (race finish) is always good practice. Then when it counts you can throw the bike well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncreative View Post
    what happened in that crash forza? i didn't see any wheels touch, it just looked like that dude fell over onto the other guy.
    Yeah that was weird..
    pro-meter: lol

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    Hey I made a video from the Terrapin Twilight in Athens. Not sure if this belongs here.
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    Damn I hate that I missed that.

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    I watched the Delray Twilight race for a little. We were eating dinner at a restaurant along the course. I wish we would have stayed for the pro race but we had company that wasn't into cycling

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncreative View Post
    what happened in that crash forza? i didn't see any wheels touch, it just looked like that dude fell over onto the other guy.
    Looks like the one guy was intending to lean over on the other guy for position, but the other guy didn't know that was the game. He put his weight on him, he didn't lean back, and fell like a tree taking the guy out along with who knows what other people. Stupid.
    HTFU

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    The one and only time I've put my arms up early was at Thater, because they weren't going to make up 20 seconds in 50 feet. Otherwise I throw. Every time. It's a Pavlovian response.
    No, that's operant conditioning.

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    Barrio Logan Grand Prix Men's Pro 1/2 race. It's a big one so I put in a race timer.


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    The shot at 3:30 looks so awesome it's almost fake!

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