I think most of our remaining folks are cross and mountain, with a few roadies and a few do-it-alls.
Cat 2 upgrade status: never
Not So Underground Crit - Phoenix, AZ, Jan 12 2014
35+/45+ combined (scored separately) and Cat 2/3/4
A wonderful square course with wide roads and a slight hill to turn one and descent to turn two.
ETA: 4th in 35+/45+; 7th in Cat 2/3/4
I just have one race recap for both races because I did pretty much the exact same thing in both of them.
The only difference was the start. In the 35+/45+, I started at the front and stayed around top 10 for the first three laps waiting for a break to form - it never did. In the 2/3/4 I didn't get to the line early and started at the back. Then when they blew the whistle, the guy in front of me couldn't get clipped in so he coasted looking down at his pedal instead of pedaling. Please remember, in a bike race YOU MUST PEDAL! After a short berating from me (having to double unclip because of him), I went around him already 100 meters behind the group so I had to catch up.
After that, both races were about the same. Sit in the back tailgunning, cross any gaps by people dropping off, look ahead to see if anything is happening that I may need to chase. In the first race, very few breaks were tried and none got away. In the 2nd race, a 2-man break got away with around 4 laps to go and it wasn't caught. My strategy was to stay with the group and move midway up the group with two to go. In the back stretch, attack into the wind, stunning the group so much that they would stare in awe and horror as I rode away sitting up playing air guitar and singing Bohemian Rhapsody.
This worked to near perfection in the masters race, where only 3 people got around me by the finish and I took 4th overall and, unfortunately, 4th in the 35+ category. Next year I'll be racing 45+, where I would have taken first, except that a good friend and sprinter will also be aging up so I would have taken 2nd. At least it would have been gas money to get home. As it was, my wife had to push.
In the second race, I told sprinter-teammate the whole plan, except for the clip-in fail by the guy in front of me and subsequent chase to the group, and that he should grab my wheel and I would take him to the finish so we could sing a duet. I also got to chat with a new-teammate for a bit during the race. With 2 or 3 to go, new-teammate launched a vicious attack up the side of the hill but it was covered quickly. I didn't have the chance to tell him my master plan so he didn't realize my plan was NOT to hang out in the back and coast in DFL, although that's what it looked like I was doing. Also unfortunately, since sprinter-teammate hadn't seen me for the whole race and thought I was dropped after two laps, he ended up being part of the shock and awe group on the other side of the road, mouths agape as I hammered like there was a pizza waiting for me at the finish. A few other guys were also trying to get a slice of my pizza, including the two in the break. In both races, I came around corner 3 solo, kept hammering (not as hard in the second race because I was thinking about pizza...) and a few people got by each time. Around the 4th corner, I would stand up, hands in the drops, head low, mouth open like a baleen whale catching krill while my legs were spinning like a junior racer going down hill. It was close, but I got the 7th piece of pizza in the 2nd race.
At the end of the second race, I asked sprinter-teammate what the reaction was when I attacked, never having seen it myself.
Video of the 34+/45+ race: http://youtu.be/SA7Cq4KB2Gw
Last edited by Monkeyclaw; 01-14-14 at 12:35 PM. Reason: To get more love from Ygduf
Despite the lack of an APA or MLA format, I liked the report Monkeyclaw.
That was my first crit. I was hoping not to be like the guy who couldn't clip in...everything after that was a bonus! It was fun.
Last edited by rideaz; 01-14-14 at 04:07 PM.
Congrats on your first crit! Did I miss the race report?
Rideaz - Very nice! I had a friend in this race (in a Jobing.com kit, but so was everyone...). It was great to see all of the women racers in both the cat 4 and cat 1-3 races.
After Tour of the Catskills last year I was chatting with a very nice masters racer who described his first bike race. He and his friend figured they were hot **** bike riders, so they traveled up from Brooklyn to race the first Tour of the Catskills, 8 years ago. In t-shirts and track pants. On their hybrid bikes. They got piles of scorn, predictably, but they did finish the race.
this was a good clinic - would do again. I heard there was a wreck on one of the women's training races but I didn't hear if everyone was OK or not. Didn't really get a chance to talk to many people. At least I got to attempt a 'sprint' on the cat5 training race, as the last two races I got to the last turn and ddn't have the juice left for it.
I met some cool dudes there!
Racing this year?
-Cat-3-o-meter: TBD :/
I don't know why anyone would make this out to be a big deal. It's not a cross race. Even pros miss a pedal sometimes. In a 2/3/4 master's race, yelling at someone for missing at the pedal is a dick thing to do. It means you need to chill out. He's not putting you in danger and he's not going to affect your result. So chill. And if you want to reduce the chance of being held up by someone missing a pedal, don't line up at the back.
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And how about guys that can't clip the F in immediately don't try to line up in the front row?
All I know is this happens in just about every race... and it's really annoying! It's not going to end anyone's race, but people should expect some grumbles from not being able to do something simple.