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Old 11-09-12, 11:51 AM   #1
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My not so great race video (crashes)

I thought I'd share my love of cyclocross and let you all have a little laugh to boot..

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Old 11-09-12, 12:32 PM   #2
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Ha! Excellent.
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Old 11-09-12, 02:46 PM   #4
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Hahaha nice. Keep trying you will get it.
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Old 11-10-12, 12:33 AM   #5
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Don't sweat it... the important thing is to have fun at first. The speed and handling skills come with time.

Great video... that second digger looked like it hurt!

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Old 11-10-12, 06:57 AM   #7
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That looked very lonely...surely you were well off the front. FWIW, the second crash was my favorite. Keep up the good work!
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Been there. Done that.

Picking up spare rd hangers for next season.
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Old 11-10-12, 08:59 PM   #9
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The second hit pretty much did me in, if I'd not been sitting second in the series points I would have called it quits, rung my bell pretty good. Went to urgent care after the race and ended up having pulled some ligaments at the attach points of one of my ribs. That and my back are still hurting, hope to feel good enough to race when the series starts up again next weekend!
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Ouch! I landed on my handlebars in a race in early October and bruised my ribs. I managed to drag myself out for another race the next day, but it was two weeks before I could sleep laying down and five weeks later its still a bit uncomfortable.
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Old 11-11-12, 09:24 AM   #11
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Get in the drops for descents like that. (Or the tops if you have interrupter levers.) When you're less worried about your hands slipping off the hoods, you can get your weight further back and relax and flow over those bumps.
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Old 11-11-12, 03:51 PM   #12
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Crash 1 and 3 were because you're trying to turn the bike with your front tire.

Every wonder why a bike (and motorcycle) tire is shaped with a round cross-section as opposed to a car tire that has square edges? Bike's don't steer like cars, with a front end input. They turn by being leaned over. The steering of the bars is there to initiate the lean, but not really to turn the bike. When you are forward on the bike and crank the bars into a turn, you're very likely to wash the front end and end up on the ground. You can see this the best in a sand pit. People will hit the sandpit at speed and shift forward due to the bike slowing down. Then, when they have to turn, they dump it. The guys that are fast in a sand pit keep their weight on the rear tire, keep pedaling, and steer by leaning.

When you get it right, you're taking a considerable amount of the cornering load on the rear (heavily weighted) tire. The (relatively unweighted) front can hit bumps, sand, etc. and you're much less likely to go down.
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Old 11-16-12, 01:36 PM   #13
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Looks like you caught a bit of air on your front wheel over that bump in the second crash. As it was up you turned the wheel a bit so when it came down it threw you off.
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What tire pressure are you running? I'm pretty heavy at 235 and run my tires at 40 psi with clinchers. A lower tire will help your bike grip as you lean into the corners. Nice crash video, though.
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Thanks for all words and advice guys, I was able to redeem myself this weekend:

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