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Old 02-27-05, 09:07 PM   #1
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Another First Race

I had my first race this weekend, too. This was my first race of the year and my first race ever. Mine was a college race (MWCCC) and I was in the C group, which is basically Cat 5. We were in Indiana (about an hour from where I go to school, actually) riding an 8-mile loop around a lake for a total of 20 miles. The weather was great for this time of year: around 40 degrees and sunny.

In some sort of mass confusion I ended up starting at the end of the pack. This one guy blew out his back tire not even 2 minutes into the race. I bet he was pissed! I had a feeling he pumped up the PSI a little too high. I was actually glad to be at the back of the pack at first because a couple times there was a strange mass-braking event and I couldn't see why. I was just waiting for a crash to happen.

The roads were winding with a few hills and lots of houses and trees around. In other words, visibility was crap. This and being in the back of the pack teamed up to do me in. What seemed like the back of one large group turned into the back of a trailing group and I never even saw it happen. It wasn't that late into the race and I was mad at myself because I knew I should have gotten closer to the front, so I decided to try to catch the lead group. I never caught up, but I did pass quite a few guys. During the last lap I finally caught up to a group of 4 or 5 guys and latched on back for a while. I decided I'd just hang with them and practice my victory sprint at the end. Well, they were only going about 18 at one point and some guy came riding by and said "work together to catch up." I decided to go chase him and try to beat him at the end. Not long after that he just stopped and went on the side of the road. That's when I realized that his number was a different color, so he must have been a B or A guy. I should have just let the 4-5 guys catch up with me again, but I went off by myself since I had been doing that the whole time.

I'm still not sure what place I got, but it couldn't have been that great. I got some really good training in, though. It's a shame, because I felt really good and fresh, but I just made the fatal mistake of being too far back. Hopefully I learned my lesson.
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Old 02-27-05, 10:44 PM   #2
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Your first race is always a learning experience to "learn"...

Glad to see you do relativly well in your first race
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Old 02-27-05, 11:11 PM   #3
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Do the other collegiate riders feel like folks are much more willing to chill in collegiate races than they are in standard USCF stuff? Last season I was in a few road races where we doing 16-20 (!) which we were all quite happy to keep pace, but damn that was slow
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Do the other collegiate riders feel like folks are much more willing to chill in collegiate races than they are in standard USCF stuff? Last season I was in a few road races where we doing 16-20 (!) which we were all quite happy to keep pace, but damn that was slow
I don't know about that yet, but I do know that the girls definitely take it pretty easy. I was riding back to the parking lot a while after my race and I passed some of the girls. It seemed more like a group ride than a race to them. They were just talking and taking it easy. I'm not sure why you'd pay $12 for that. I never heard any chatter in my race or in the B race. I didn't stick around for the A race. What group were you in? I passed a lot of guys in the C group who just plain seemed out of shape. Maybe they weren't chilling, but were out of shape instead.
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Do the other collegiate riders feel like folks are much more willing to chill in collegiate races than they are in standard USCF stuff? Last season I was in a few road races where we doing 16-20 (!) which we were all quite happy to keep pace, but damn that was slow
Seems like a particularly great attack situation. If one finds themselves riding with a bunch of wusses, it is time to make them suffer or drop! I don't know of any group rides that slow, let alone a race.
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I was racing B's last season and am moving up to A's this season. You can attack, but then what happens is a 5-10 minutes discussion between the teams with several riders, usually ending with, "Well I guess we'll pull him in" and the pace jumps up to 26+. In the A races I watched this usually meant the break got away, in the B races they'd generally be able to eat them up.

(PS I'm in a different conference)
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I was racing B's last season and am moving up to A's this season. You can attack, but then what happens is a 5-10 minutes discussion between the teams with several riders, usually ending with, "Well I guess we'll pull him in" and the pace jumps up to 26+. In the A races I watched this usually meant the break got away, in the B races they'd generally be able to eat them up.

(PS I'm in a different conference)
Good point - why suffer needlessly!
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Pinky - which conference are you in? I just started up a Cycling Club at my University/College and we are thinking of joining the ECCC (being in PA and all). We'd all start out in the C category i think since none of us have any prior racing experiance, though we'd join next year.
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I'm part of the ECCC, you might as well race this year, just get the paper work from the USA Cycling in (its free for first year teams) and your collegiate licenses and go for it, also you might want to race D's if you've never have raced before.
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