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Ygduf 08-13-13 12:15 PM

only one of the people made a video showing their sketchy move and uploaded it for all to see, though. :D

rkwaki 08-13-13 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Ygduf (Post 15956645)
only one of the people made a video showing their sketchy move and uploaded it for all to see, though. :D

True.
Racing is racing and guys should check the emotion when the race is done. Personally I would not have edited and uploaded the video, just perpetuates the issue which I am sure will have some carryover or spillover effects.
I have lost it in the past (previously posted) but the circumstances were different (guy put me into a curb to get me off a World Track Champ's wheel coming into a sprint) and I made peace with USAC and all involved.
Off the bike I am super nice, on the bike? Not so nice :P

UmneyDurak 08-16-13 02:10 PM

Damnit I really want to do Folsom Omnium. I wonder how bad it's going to be with two weeks of almost (probably none) riding, and jet lag (coming back on 5th). :lol:

jsutkeepspining 08-16-13 02:16 PM

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Originally Posted by rkwaki (Post 15957000)
True.
Racing is racing and guys should check the emotion when the race is done. Personally I would not have edited and uploaded the video, just perpetuates the issue which I am sure will have some carryover or spillover effects.
I have lost it in the past (previously posted) but the circumstances were different (guy put me into a curb to get me off a World Track Champ's wheel coming into a sprint) and I made peace with USAC and all involved.
Off the bike I am super nice, on the bike? Not so nice :P

I just headbutt who ever gets in my way. I have a thick skull, therefore i win the headbutt war.

Jandro 08-16-13 02:32 PM

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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining (Post 15968469)
I just headbutt who ever gets in my way. I have a thick skull, therefore i win the headbutt war.

Tactics by Renshaw, eh?

mattm 08-19-13 03:28 PM

Hey locals, how does the Vacaville GP compare to Cat's Hill, hill-wise?

I see that the flyer says the hill is bigger than Santa Cruz, but is it as steep as Cat's Hill?

hack 08-19-13 04:21 PM

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Originally Posted by mattm (Post 15978037)
Hey locals, how does the Vacaville GP compare to Cat's Hill, hill-wise?

I see that the flyer says the hill is bigger than Santa Cruz, but is it as steep as Cat's Hill?

I haven't done Cat's Hill, but was interested in the Vacaville GP so one day when I was driving through Vacaville I scouted out the course. Its a pretty decent hill, not too steep, but much longer/steeper than some of the routing site (ridewithgps) would lead you to believe. Figure 40ish feet gain at 5-7% grade. Enough to hurt in a 60ish minute crit. The best I can do for perspective is some google street view:

http://i25.photobucket.com/albums/c6...ps89568ff4.jpg

UmneyDurak 08-19-13 04:28 PM

It's nothing like Cats hill, and done SC classic and Vacaville GP I think they are smoking something when they say that hill is bigger. Unless they don't count part of SC hill, and just from when you make a right for finish straight away. Even then I am skeptical. That being said as hack said, after few laps it starts to hurt. Also a wind is a big factor. Last year a break got away in 4's, which is a rare thing indeed. So bummed I'll be missing it this year. Super fun crit.

mattm 08-19-13 04:41 PM

Street View, duh, of course!

Thanks for posting, yeah it looks painful but doable for me.

No doubt a break will go in the 1/2's; then again they almost always do..

caloso 08-19-13 04:43 PM

It's a good course for breakaways.

hack 08-19-13 05:11 PM

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Originally Posted by mattm (Post 15978258)
Street View, duh, of course!

Thanks for posting, yeah it looks painful but doable for me.

No doubt a break will go in the 1/2's; then again they almost always do..

Its a wonderful tool.

I'm likely skipping Vacaville as I need a break and the two to three weekends after that are pretty much booked with races for me (Red Kite, Giro di SF, Folsom Cyclebration, etc).

save10 08-20-13 05:21 PM

Winters RR? anyone?

Ygduf 08-20-13 05:24 PM

I'll be at Winters in the 3s.

mattm 08-20-13 05:32 PM

Too climby for me; maybe next year.

save10 08-20-13 05:40 PM

i didnt realize it was climby. i have this thing about never using my little chain ring in a race

Ygduf 08-20-13 05:43 PM

There's ONE little climb in the middle of the lap, miles and miles from the finish.

Wimps.

caloso 08-20-13 06:09 PM

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Originally Posted by save10 (Post 15982212)
Winters RR? anyone?

35+ 123. If I manage to hang with the pack on the first of three trips up that one little climb, I will consider it a personal victory.

uncreative 08-20-13 09:58 PM

i'll be at winters in the 3s as well. the 35+ 123 filled up too fast, and I have teammates in E3. i think the only way the race could be considered climby is if you were from florida. my first race since berkeley hills, its gonna be rough.

mattm 08-21-13 12:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Ygduf (Post 15982286)
There's ONE little climb in the middle of the lap, miles and miles from the finish.

Wimps.

P/1/2 fields have a funny way of making "little" climbs not seem so little. As a 3 I could fake it enough to win a hilly road race, not so much in the 1/2's. Maybe some day.

Anyway all I know is the profiles I see of this race have these big spikes in them.. and the first blog post I found about it mentions "a fairly tough hill". I'm sure it's no Wente or Patterson Pass but it's enough for me to shy away from. The 8 am start (I can only assume) doesn't help.

I need to work on climbing/more sustained efforts before I try something even with a "little" hill.

And I actually am from Florida, so that may also explain it.

aaronmcd 08-21-13 12:15 AM

I'm thinking of doing Winters as my second race ever. Anyone know the difference between 35+ & cat 5 and just cat 5? Haven't had a chance to map it out yet - how much of a hill is this little hill?

UmneyDurak 08-21-13 01:12 AM

Been a while, but it's less then 5min climb, followed by short steep descent with a tight turn, and then right at T intersection.

Wanted to do Training Crit, but got delayed by bunch of stuff at work. :(

I am really contemplating doing Foslom Cyclebration after I get back. Almost no riding for two weeks, coming back on Thursday, jet lagged, TT on Friday. Should be fun, no? :lol:

uncreative 08-21-13 07:43 AM

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Originally Posted by aaronmcd (Post 15983265)
I'm thinking of doing Winters as my second race ever. Anyone know the difference between 35+ & cat 5 and just cat 5? Haven't had a chance to map it out yet - how much of a hill is this little hill?

i did the race last year as a 5. In my experience, the 35+ fields in general are little slower than the E5 field, especially in the 'sprint'. other than that, not much difference, same bunch of guys who think they know more than they do about racing (myself included).

Beaker 08-21-13 07:56 AM

I'll be there in the 35+ 4's.

It's hard to generalize about speeds but masters races can sometimes be a little smoother, sometimes more painful.

From checking out the Strava segment for the course, I had the climb down as a ~10min effort

http://www.strava.com/segments/623498

aaronmcd 08-21-13 08:42 AM

looks like it's 5 miles low point to high point but only 2 very short segments with a half decent grade. Still, I bet the whole 5 miles hurts in a race.

In a race with hills does one try to stick with other cyclists the whole way, or TT it up the hill and form bunches later?

Ygduf 08-21-13 09:18 AM

Everything I say is just trash talk. I don't blame anyone for not doing any race.

I'm only doing winters because there is a little hill. Without it, it would just be Dunnigan Hills.


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