Modesto Crit p/1/2/3, another top 10 but no points or $$$.
I was active, chased, and blah blah blah but we got lapped by a break of two.
I did win a "men's towel" prime though! ****, I thought they said "tires" not "towels"..
Those smelly baby wipes?
Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!
Great job, valygrl.
Mtb race yesterday, first race as a cat 1.
Took the hole shot and promptly blew up in spectacular fashion. Race was 3 laps, i quit after the first one. way way wayway way way overheated. Sat in the shade for quite a while. Need to re-acclimate.
I'm sure when you were getting to the point of blowing nothing was obvious but making the pain stop...I don't know about you but after the fact I always look back at those moments and think 'why didn't I just keep going' but at the time there wasn't enough oxygen on the planet to make me take one more pedal stroke.
Put ti bolts on my Thomson just because. One broke today during a race. Steel going back on.
Syracuse RR (NY state championship), cat 4, 22nd of 48. Worst placing ever!
58 miles, 3500 feet, very windy, tough course, strong field. Surfed the front comfortably until mile 46 where a big climb took me completely by surprise. Got stuck in the big ring at the base of the climb, like a total idiot. Just like that, I got gapped off the group. Plowed uphill solo into a strong headwind and quickly cracked.
Mistake #1: didn't study the course profile.
Mistake #2: got stuck in the big ring like a moron.
Mistake #3: tried to grind back onto the group against the wind instead of going all-in to get back on as fast as possible.
On the plus side, my friend won the race.
Modesto RR, p1/2.
I hate wind.
Superior Morgul Omnium, SW4
Omnium:5 (or 4 depending on who you count, but too boring to explain)
TT- sucked it up and used the TT bike, on advice from all y'all. Thanks. 11th/30 is actually a good improvement for me, I really struggle with TTs.
Crit - finally stuck to the plan which was sit in and don't chase everything down. I found myself cornering a bit more efficiently than some others, sat in, didn't see any wind except for the first Omnium points prime, which I won. Didn't contest the 2nd prime, it was at 5 to go, too close to the end. Stayed in the lead pack of about 15, sitting farther back than usual, and didn't chase anything. Last lap, entered the last corner at about 10 back, railed it wide - for some reason people were taking it tight, but there were 2 more lanes we could use - and carried good speed into up the long, 2% uphill drag strip to the finish, passing everyone except my team mate who won.
Sunday morning standings: 3rd in the Omnium
RR - they changed the course from the normal "Morgul Bismark" of Coors Classic fame, because the traffic barrier company closed shop unexpectedly on Friday, and they couldn't use the highway with out the barriers. The promoter did a spectacular job coming up with a re-route on no notice, so the course was out-and-back on the big rollers and 3 trips up "the wall."
Headwind on the way out, tail on the way out, side on the wall, we had to descend the wall, which is not normal.
I was in front-ish of the main pack for the first 1 1/2 laps, but on the last tailwind-driven descent, I could not stay with the pack. I'm a poor descender, am working on it, but am not comfortable at high speeds, and I think I just left too much space and wasn't getting a good draft. I was tucked, spun out, and was getting speed wobbles from wind gusts, but I swear I did not brake. Still though, off they went. Can I pull the "I only weigh 110 pounds card here? No, there were other smaller gals in front of me. Descending skillz, I don't have 'em. (47mph, i now see.)
I killed myself trying to catch back on on the next climb, had made it within 20 feet or so by the time we turned down the wall, and got dropped again. Chased back again. Right as I rejoined, two women in front of me touched bars (I think) and wobbled all over the road, looking like they were going down, and I braked to stay out of the expected carnage. They didn't go down, and I chased back yet again. At this point we were on a flat-ish section, and I rejoined right at the u-turn back into the headwind (still flat).... and then we turned left for some side wind and the last climb up the wall. As the pavement grade increased, I cracked, and suffered up the wall off the back of the front group. Passed and was re-passed by some other stragglers. 14th. Ouch. Bye bye omnium podium. My team mate who won the crit got 2nd in the RR.
Last edited by valygrl; 05-19-13 at 05:27 PM.
Niagara Classic Road Race - OCup #5/7
12.4km lap - 6 laps - 75km total
Hot day out today, felt pretty good today, can't complain about that. I managed to get about mid pack for the start, but after the neutral start there was a climb, and I got a mechanical issue (when I stand my gears just shot down a whole bunch) so I was left by surprise mashing at ~40 rpm on the climb, then I fixed it and at the top it flattens out, when I stood to sprint out of the corner it happened again and by the time I was able to fix it everyone had passed me. I was stuck at the back and tried my hardest for the next 2 laps to get up to the front but with European roads and the yellow line rule with the commissaire on my ass it was just impossible, I kept gaining a few spots but then would eventually drop back.. soon enough I got dropped and I'm very mad at myself for letting my teammate convince me to DNF ourselves. We would have been lapped most likely and if that happens they DQ you but I should have just kept going
The climb is 2.18km rising 99 meters. Averages 4.5% with the first 1.67km at 2.9% and the last 510 meters at 9.8%. Tough climb for Ontario
Good news is that I hit an all time high of 73 km/h on the downhill and I also maxed out at 217 rpm (that's for jsut ). And most importantly my teammate finished 1st!
Edit: I hung with the group for about double the time that I have compared to other races, so that can only be a good thing.
Last edited by sstang13; 05-19-13 at 08:59 PM.
"You lack motivation because cycling is a stupid sport with no upside that takes way too much time out of your life to be mediocre at." - Racer Ex
Lots of mechanicals on that climb today for sure...
Myself I popped the 2nd time up, maxed my HR at 190 and got gapped. Worked through the downhill to chase back on with a group of 7 or so. Not enough in the group wanted to work to close the final couple hundred metres so I made the decision to try and bridge. That didn't work and in fact all I really accomplished was pulling the group along and brunt a bunch of matches in the process. By the time I rotated to the end I had zero life in the legs and couldn't hold the group.
Call it a learning experience.
Then got caught by a couple team mates and we formed up a group of 20 or so that worked together for the next 3 laps. On the final climb up the hill I decided to make a move, more of a confidence builder then anything else. Got to the top first and drilled it around the corner and through the downhill. Built a pretty good gap and had a nice solo gap going. Held them off until the ext corner, probably 3km or so. Once I got caught I settled into the back to recover. After a few more kms I worked back to the front and my one team mate and myself drove the pace nicely to get us all home.
I was OTB, but I was having fun and that's all the really matters!
"On the other hand riding down a hill at 55 MPH wearing (essentially) women's underwear and a Styrofoam cup on your head is the epitome of rational life-extending decisions." - RacerEx
Weekend race reports here. 4th in the State TT with a 49:16 (around 52:00 in full 40k time). Felt blocked. In the crits the next day the chain was off and I felt like I could do anything I wanted. Go figure.
Ex and valygrl, nice work. vg, congrats on the cutlery!
Perhaps one of us is destined to cat up one of these days.
I DNP'ed on Modesto RR, rode to race for warmup (13 miles). Legs felt great at start, was holding a top 10 rotation until someone had a blowout on two gnarly potholes that were back-to-back. Couldn't clear them and rode through both, started dropping through the back. Off the back and couldn't hold bridge back on, then I couldn't hold another wheel. Finally looked down on I was flatted.At least 4 riders I know of flatted on those damn potholes.
Bummed, I felt good.
I just didn't play my cards right, in our small field of 17 there weren't many places to hide out of the wind. Didn't go with when the first (unknown) guy attacked, but when one of the big dogs joined him we started chasing. And chasing. So attack after attack and after a lap of that I couldn't grab a wheel as the 'pack' came by, and I went otb.
Rode the rest of the 50 or so miles either solo or with another guy that got dropped from my race. I really enjoyed those tailwind sections though.
The first Wednesday night crit of the season was last night. Also my first time racing with the big boys in the 1/2/3 race. We had a record-sized field, too - 43 starters.
I was a bit nervous about hanging, because my legs had been crap the previous day at the local Tuesday night worlds ride, but it's all for training, anyway. I did a little spin in the morning and that seemed to help a bit, but I still didn't have a whole lot. My team had five guys in this race, and it was pretty simple - someone should be in the break, and if not, we'd be chasing.
Things were real hot from the beginning and I started pretty far back, so I spent the first few las just trying to move up. As I said, I didn't have a whole lot, so I couldn't make any real decisive moves, only creep up three wheels one lap, lose two the next, and so on. Eventually I made it up there, there was already a split up the road. I tried following someone else who was trying to bridge, made it to his wheel but he gave up and I didn't have enough left to close it down. Fell back, reintegrated, recovered. Meantime, there was a second break that formed chasing the first, with a teammate in it. Phew. I followed one other move trying to bridge that, it didn't go anywhere and that was about all I had. So I fell back into the main field, managed to grab on at the back and suffered through the last five or six laps. I was able to make up a few spots on the final lap and came in 25th. My teammate in break number two got 12th (the front break was big, maybe nine guys), another teammate took the field sprint for 13th.
I'm reasonably pleased, given my bad legs. And I'm just starting a training cycle, so I should get better. I'm starting to get my mojo back a bit. I was a little nervous at times and sometimes let gaps go in the corners, other times I was right on it and making up ground there. It's getting better and better.
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Sunapee Cat 4 (2 laps of a 23 mile course)- Learned my lesson from Sterling the week before, dont be stupid and attack the pack early. I don't have much time right now so it went like this: Sit in a bit, wait and watch the early attacks. 14 miles in I noticed people had gotten tired because they didn't immediately jump on people when they got more then 10 feet ahead of the pack. A few miles later I realized I had rolled off the front with another Strong guy. Once I realized I had a 30 foot gap to the group I hit the gas and me and him started a 2 man break with 30 miles to go. Long and short of it was, we rode away, he died 23 miles later at the same spot where we had the break form, I rode alone to the finish, 1:30 back to him, about 3 mins back to the pack.
That win put me to 20 points so upgrade time, I am now a 3, Yay. Time to get beat on in the sort-of-becoming-big-boy fields.
Congrats on the win & upgrade, dnuzz!!