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Old 07-17-11, 07:00 PM   #1
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Evanston Grand Prix/Superweek question

I hear people complain about the Evanston course, and when I told someone I was thinking of doing it (it would have been my first) I was warned away. What makes a crit course good or bad? Isn't the course supposed to be technical, the turns somewhat difficult?

Bonus Question: So, I noticed that turnout for the Evanston crit today was pretty bad, at least compared to what I remember the last couple years. I now ride with some of the Turin and Half Acre guys, and I know no one from Half Acre raced. I'm not in with them well enough to feel comfortable asking details, so what's going on here? I saw some mention online of problems with management, but I don't know enough of a history to understand exactly what happened.

At least with the smaller fields, there weren't many crashes this year.
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Old 07-18-11, 11:03 AM   #2
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turnout has been low for ALL races across the board this year. it is not a Superweek thing. Evanston had slightly bigger turnouts then other SW races so far.

it is technical, just like a lot of crits in the Chicago area. tight left hand turns, a narrowing finishing stretch, some tar snake patches that suck in wheels when hot, ect...

i raced it and was crashed out approaching one to go. we were completely out of the last tricky turn where i was sitting top ten and making my move. i has hit from behind, dont know why, and hit the guy next to me. so, on the least technical part of the course i crashed hard. it can happen in bike racing. later.
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A lot of people don't like technical criteriums, they feel they are unsafe and are extremely difficult. These are the kinds of races that are strung out from th whistle and it can be difficult to move up without some PRO corner skills.

With that said, the more technical (within reason) the better I do.
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Old 07-18-11, 01:37 PM   #4
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About like normal. I raced it FWIW....rather I put a number on and paid for a 45 minute solo training ride in on the streets of Evanston.

The BK Stacker didn't serve up too may slabs of beef this year. Fields were about what I expected - field size has been down for all races in all areas of the country for the whole year. Long cold rainy spring followed by blistering heat...bad economy....doesn't bode well for attendance.

So....let me get this straight OP - you wanted to race it but didn't yet you still showed up to watch? There were something like 3 races you could do if you were a 4/5 and over the age of 35. Pay. Pin on number. Suffer.

aham (rider on my team) went down. Another guy from Bicycle Heaven that I know fairly well went down in the same pileup. Wayne Simon - Leader of the Masters Elite team Enzo's-PSIMET went down in the final break. Total cluster. Guy took out his wheel. The win was his. Frustrating.

We did end up putting Tim Speciale on the podium in the 3's though. Not a total loss. Our team had at least 6 racers participate that I saw and I wasn't there the whole day. We had 2 pretty tough guys out winning the ABR Midwest Regional TT that was being held yesterday as well....
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So....let me get this straight OP - you wanted to race it but didn't yet you still showed up to watch? There were something like 3 races you could do if you were a 4/5 and over the age of 35. Pay. Pin on number. Suffer.
I'd be a 5, under 35. I went on a small group ride in the a.m., and only came down to watch most of the 3 race.

I hadn't really been that interested in racing until I got into doing group rides over the past few weeks. Those have gone a lot better than I expected; it really surprised me how riding with other people gave me a couple extra gears. I've done repeated pulls at speeds I thought I couldn't sustain, because I rarely see them solo. Until recently, I assumed it would just be a waste of time for me to race, anyway.

From my POV, I was only kind of starting to itch to join a race, and I've been working on my pack and handling skills a bit (I admit my handling could use some work). I'll probably still suck when I do race, but I don't want to be a high risk to take myself and others out.

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About like normal. I raced it FWIW....rather I put a number on and paid for a 45 minute solo training ride in on the streets of Evanston.
Seems like the local Taiwanese rider I told you about is doing pretty good at SW.
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