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Old 07-05-09, 01:04 PM   #1
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Annoyed at Wooddale Crits

I went over and watched a few of the races this morning over in Wood Dale. The 50+ category was an awesome race to watch. I got there right before the end of the Cat 5 race where there was 1 crash and one hell of a tire blow out that scared the shiznit out of about 5 riders on his wheel, including me who was across the street watching. I seriously though someone threw a firecracker into the street, that's how loud it was.

Anyways, one thing was really annoying me, and it seemed either to be a lack of respect for other riders, or lack of attention. No matter what it was, it was annoying. Most of it occurred during the youngsters race, which was very entertaining.

People kept walking across the street, riding across the street, while the little peloton was flying through. There was a Corvette leading the pace line and everytime it came around the turn into the final stretch it had to honk its horn to get people out of the way. Everyone who was doing this was a fellow cyclist. Some were getting their tires ready over in the tire pit, and the announcers even told them it was OK, just as long as it was safe. I would say 1 out of every 4 would look before entering the street at the finish line. In one instance, and I loved the kids reaction, the cyclist was really close to someone in the race. The kid yelled at him as if he were a grown man. For a second I thought the kid was going to hop off and commence to whooping bad move boy's arse. At one point, during the end of the 50+ ride, they were doing their final 2 laps, and they hadn't opened up the course yet, but cyclists kept riding out there and starting warming up.

I saw a lot of carelessness today that really annoyed me. This was the first race I have been to, so my question is, does this happen quite a bit? I am sure it doesn't happened at larger events, but still, it shouldn't occur at the smaller events neither.

On a lighter side, in 15 years I will be eligible for that 50+ race, and I can only hope I am 1/10th of what those guys were today. Amazing action, fast paced, super entertaining. I would have stayed longer if they had food, water, and a bit of shelter, or if I would have brought any of that along with.
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Old 07-05-09, 02:22 PM   #2
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Larger races have crowd barriers at the most dangerous parts as well as crossing guards at every intersection. At some races, it's hard to find a place to cross, esp. on the front straight. Riders will need to cross and should be fairly safe, but if a spectator looks like he's about to get run over - yell at him! "Riders coming!" Oh it's scary when grandpa or someone with a walker needs to cross, and 'back in the day' I actually hit a blind man who was crossing. I was able to 'hip check' him and neither of us fell, but I don't think either of us will forget that one.
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Ya, that is exactly what I was seeing, but I was seeing it from fellow cyclists more than anyone else.
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Happens in every race. Most are heads-up about it. It was probably made more frequent by the fact that you were around earlier in the day.

Hope you enjoyed seeing our team win the 5's.

I made it back from my vacation in time to watch the 4's race later in the day.
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I drove the pace car in the first races up to 12:30 (30+). So true....I'd come around the turn and be honking just to clear the road.
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Ahh, RJBTrek, you had the ol' sniper hat on with the goat around the mouth? You were a honking mofo

Psimet, damn I should have stayed around, but I was itching to ride, I was a bit hungry, and definitely a bit hot.

I think I might want to race some day, it just looked like so much fun
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Ahh, RJBTrek, you had the ol' sniper hat on with the goat around the mouth? You were a honking mofo

Psimet, damn I should have stayed around, but I was itching to ride, I was a bit hungry, and definitely a bit hot.

I think I might want to race some day, it just looked like so much fun
I'll meet you on Tuesday.

All it takes to race is $20-$30 fee, $10 for a 1-day license, a helmet, a bike, and the balls to try it. The pain, suffering and utter humiliation are free.

Oh....and if you are thinking about racing do my little test: Have a buddy kick you as hard as he can in your sack. If, once you can breath again, you contemplate having him do it again....then you're ready.
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I'll meet you on Tuesday.

All it takes to race is $20-$30 fee, $10 for a 1-day license, a helmet, a bike, and the balls to try it. The pain, suffering and utter humiliation are free.

Oh....and if you are thinking about racing do my little test: Have a buddy kick you as hard as he can in your sack. If, once you can breath again, you contemplate having him do it again....then you're ready.
Ya, finding a buddy to do it without me knocking his block off is going to be the real test I like to fight in the octagon, so crazy isn't a problem
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Will someone give this man a waiver to sign please....
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