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Old 11-20-13, 06:40 PM   #51
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And yes, I made a few passing references to yelling.

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I'm about halfway through. Great stuff.
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Just finished the book - loved it!

Even wrote a review on Amazon, which I rarely do.

Would love to see a chapter on the basic USAC rules (free laps, etc), but overall I really enjoyed the read.
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Just finished the book - loved it!

Even wrote a review on Amazon, which I rarely do.

Would love to see a chapter on the basic USAC rules (free laps, etc), but overall I really enjoyed the read.
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Would love to see a chapter on the basic USAC rules (free laps, etc), but overall I really enjoyed the read.
Friend of mine didn't know about the free lap rule for mechanicals in crits at the Oakland GP. He flatted, ran to the service tent, got a spare wheel, and immediately started chasing the field. It took him ~3 laps of hard effort to catch back on. He still took 5th. He gives Phipps (Pizza Man, here) a run for his money in hill-climb events like Mike's Bikes Cul du Pantoll and the recent San Bruno Mt. race, though, so it wasn't too surprising.
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Friend of mine didn't know about the free lap rule for mechanicals in crits at the Oakland GP. He flatted, ran to the service tent, got a spare wheel, and immediately started chasing the field. It took him ~3 laps of hard effort to catch back on. He still took 5th. He gives Phipps (Pizza Man, here) a run for his money in hill-climb events like Mike's Bikes Cul du Pantoll and the recent San Bruno Mt. race, though, so it wasn't too surprising.
Jim or Bingo?

p.s. while we're counting I beat Phipps time at San Bruno! The silverest of linings on my bronze on the 1/1 world championships.
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Jim or Bingo?

p.s. while we're counting I beat Phipps time at San Bruno! The silverest of linings on my bronze on the 1/1 world championships.
Bingo.

Congrats! After watching his glass video, it looked like he attacked hard at the loop to Radio Road and was sort of just maintaining the gap from then on. He didn't even PR the climb. His time was still almost 5min faster than my PR from last year's race. Which means your time was too. Long way to go for me...
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I really appreciate the good review.

I can't figure out if the 1-star review is a family member or a former co-worker.
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I really appreciate the good review.

I can't figure out if the 1-star review is a family member or a former co-worker.
That one star review was weird.
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That one star review was weird.
Ha, indeed!

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Looking at their other reviews, they like One Direction A LOT.. was it jsut maybe?
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VeloPress has very high quiality standards.
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What will I miss if I get the Kindle version -- besides the high quality VeloPress paper?
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There are a few illustrations that may not look as good with eink I suppose, but the value is in the writing. I've read it through twice. It's motivating.
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My signature with a Sharpie on the inside flap, that's about all you'll miss. A value of $.37

But I'll gladly sign the screen. Find me before one of the Amgen Tour stages in May.

And glad to hear that, shovelhd. My aim was to make racing better. Hope it helps!
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I'll probably read it again.

I posted a review on Amazon for you.
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Saw that. Thanks! More importantly, I'm glad you got a lot out of it and will enjoy racing more!
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Just finished. Fun read! I was imagining Spectrum ride for Tuesday Nights Worlds. It's on the weekend, but whatever.
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I am about 1/3 of the way through. I did not expect to find reference to Keith and his book Twist of the Wrist.
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Bought due to the reviews on this site. BF kickback?
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Kickback? Of course! It'll come to you by way of increased winnings.


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I am about 1/3 of the way through. I did not expect to find reference to Keith and his book Twist of the Wrist.
Why not? There's so much good stuff in that book!
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Why not? There's so much good stuff in that book!
Oh I agree it's a great book. Just didn't expect it to be mentioned in a road bike racing book, that is all. Also apparently Keith wrote a book about bike racing also. So it's on my list to read next.
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VeloNews has been excerpting Reading the Race recently. Here's the latest excerpt which talks about dropping a wheelsucker from a breakaway.

Interesting thing happening in the comments on their Facebook page. You see a lot of people 'outing' their wheelsucker friends.

And some comments are just funny. For instance:

"Quite often the person at the back is barely hanging on. Be careful about being judgemental. Much classier to ride your own race."
No. Unacceptable. You don't race your own race. You try to beat the other guy because he's trying to beat you.

"Cycling, I see why I don't bother"
So why is he reading a cycling mag's FB page?

"Just push as hard as u can. Simple like that. If u cant. Maybe u r the whell sucker"
Just ride away from them. Why didn't I think of that?

I point these out NOT to make fun of the posters, but to illustrate how people regard bike racing. I found it enlightening.
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i was thinking of that passage this morning, while doing laps around a library (the only 'circuit' in town).

anyway, it seems that colombians are born wheelsuckers. one guy goes to the front, and rides there forever.

nobody offers to take over, and generally the guy on front doesn't seem to want to relinquish his position. granted the way that colombians (at least the few that i've trained with) are squirelly as all hell, so the front is the safest.
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I need to go find my Hancock'ed copy of Roadie. If an ex still has that I'm going to be really sad. EventServices wrote me a really awesome note in there too!
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VeloNews has been excerpting Reading the Race recently. Here's the latest excerpt which talks about dropping a wheelsucker from a breakaway.

Interesting thing happening in the comments on their Facebook page. You see a lot of people 'outing' their wheelsucker friends.

And some comments are just funny. For instance:

"Quite often the person at the back is barely hanging on. Be careful about being judgemental. Much classier to ride your own race."
No. Unacceptable. You don't race your own race. You try to beat the other guy because he's trying to beat you.

"Cycling, I see why I don't bother"
So why is he reading a cycling mag's FB page?

"Just push as hard as u can. Simple like that. If u cant. Maybe u r the whell sucker"
Just ride away from them. Why didn't I think of that?

I point these out NOT to make fun of the posters, but to illustrate how people regard bike racing. I found it enlightening.
A friend forwarded me a link to that VeloNews article with a line "you should read this book". lol.

The comments... Doesn't sound like they are coming from anyone who actually raced in any serious manner. Either that or confusing an actual race with a charity ride or something.
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