I took second at Winters in the 45 open in my first USAC race. Watch the descent.
Vacaville looks like this in the 3's:
I'm going to do the Fugit TT Sunday. I'd love to do Winters but I need to dress up in a funny costume to amuse my niece that day.
The strong will ride their own pace, perhaps faster than others. Or maybe they'll rest while others are hurting and just spin up.
The weak will turn themselves inside out and die a thousand deaths before the top, hoping to keep the peloton in sight. The really weak will be dropped immediately and call it a day.
Anyway, bunches will form naturally, you won't have to think too much about it.
you nerds don't make me nervous about some descent.
Yeah, I'm not nervous either. I usually have the road all to myself by that point.
I'm imagining a 45+ mph straightaway with a slight blind curve hiding a sudden 180 degree switchback with barbed wire to keep you from going over the cliff.
There is the turn with the barbed wire. the turn doesn't look bad, but the road sure does.
Last year there was a crash at this turn.
There's something about the combo of being blind, sharper than the previous turns, maybe a little off camber, and towards the end of the descent that sucks people in.
I had to ride past that wad up. Suggestion to marshalls:
Being three yards in front of a crash site on a 40+ MPH downhill yelling at people to slow down is like telling Amy Winehouse to lay off the heroin. Might be a little late for that.
Following people downhill is tough for me. Bikes don't have brake lights.
Hey I just thought of 2 questions regarding Winters/road racing. Like I said, it will be my second race - first was a crit. For road races do they mark the route or do you go over it on a map 3000 times before the race in case you are solo coming up to a turn? Also, stop signs... check for traffic and blow around the corner top speed?
All road races I have done have had the course marked and all intersections are controlled...
It is incumbent on the racer to know the course. Yes, races are marked and typically have marshals until they do not. And a racer may find himself riding alone either OTF or OTB. Knowing the course and the wind is a competitive advantage. Where do breaks typically occur? Where is it an advantage or crucial to be near the front? If you are popped OTB on a climb, is it feasible to chase back on during the descent?
Typically course marshals will wave the peloton through stop signs. However, be aware of traffic. We have had cases where cars do not obey course marshals and a couple of years ago a course marshal waved a car into the start of a race.
Know the centerline rules and listen up at the pre race instructions. Sometimes centerline rule is waved on some sections of road and always listen to an obey motor refs as they may neutralize the race to allow another field to pass. Good luck.
saw a couple of dudes wadded up there on saturday, did aaronmcd make it?
Who's doing the Giro di SF with me?
Mixed 4/5 field is meh, but I can't pass up a race in my backyard!
Just drop the 5's, duh!!
I'm looking forward to it.
I hope you both have good medical at work. The Giro is one of those races where people seem to take their brains out. And the dumpsters and tractor trailers parked on course are always a nice touch.
Here's a video documentary on the race. Good footage at 1:30.
spoiler: red asphalt