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Old 06-17-09, 08:48 AM   #1
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Tonight Soldier Field Cycling series starts

Parking lot of Soldier Field. 30 min. cat4/5 crit racing.
Anyone else doing it? Seems like the weather is going to hold for today.
Yesterday riding 30 miles in the downpour was interesting.
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I'm gonna show up, not sure if I'm gonna race. I live a 30 min easy ride away from the course.

I want to see a 6 corner parking lot crit course before I pay my money for such a risk. I'll give it a good review here when I get back.

god the weather is beautiful right now...
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Old 06-17-09, 05:05 PM   #3
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i was thinking about it but decided against it. I will be interested to see how it goes.
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Sonofa*****.... 3 f'n crashes and 3 times I'm right behind them. The 2nd so close I could feel the body bounce against my rear wheel even so I dodged the wipe out.
3rd corner is a damn killer, all other turns are peachy. The 3rd corner is very tight, 3 guys next to each other can funnel through, maybe 4, so huge breaking by the pack in that corner.

I only raced for 20 min. after the third crash I just couldn't sprint back to the pack anymore and I had seen enough with the 3rd crash the dude surfing the pavement literally up side down on his helmet so I called it a day and watched the finish sprint.
I pulled out with maybe about 30 left out of the 75 riders.

But I'll be back. Didn't get life insurance for nothing, ya know.

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Entire workout (264 watts):
Duration: 13:26
Work: 213 kJ
TSS: 29.3 (intensity factor 1.144)
Norm Power: 280
VI: 1.06
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 5.561 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 878 264 watts
Cadence: 37 188 101 rpm
Speed: 15.3 29.5 24.8 mph
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my teammate was one who crashed--didn't take anyone out with him. He was up in the top 5-10 and leaned into that turn too far, he clipped his pedal and went down on his side. He cracked his helmet into several pieces and when I got to him he was ok, except for that "you need a CT scan" look. He got one and is fine, but with a major headache.

I rode the course and it looked pretty safe and fun, except for that one turn. But there is always "one" place on any crit course that is tough/sketchy, this one is no exception.

The race organizer is one of the Kenda women (don't know her name) but she is racing badass herself. So, it is a good event and the few suggestions about the course marshaling were welcomed and I hope will be acted upon (no one know Dan was hurt till we all said: "hey, where's Dan?!?"--> sitting on the side of the course, holding his head). I've heard that they will change the course, just for variety, for each series so...we'll see.

They had a decent course, plenty of volunteers, a great turn out, good sponsors, and its right near home.

I like it.

register early! I decided too late that I wanted to race and it was full. There were 75 cat 4/5! +10-15 more on the wait list! Though there were only 20-25 cat 1-2-3s.

I think, like Kevin's Crits, this could be a great new series to try out new tactics.
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Uah... I suck big time. Went OTF without wanting since I expected the field to go fast and furious. But nothing like that happened. So I was soloing in 2nd place behind another rider OTF. But after one lap I was gobbled up and spit out the back. So much for that

Entire workout (265 watts):
Duration: 13:08
Work: 209 kJ
TSS: 34 (intensity factor 1.247)
Norm Power: 305
VI: 1.15
Pw:HR: 24.18%
Pa:HR: 8.82%
Distance: 4.96 mi
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Power: 0 1042 265 watts
Heart Rate: 99 181 170 bpm
Cadence: 41 198 94 rpm
Speed: 9.2 30 22.7 mph
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