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Old 10-01-12, 10:31 AM   #51
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Please don't do that in a criterium.
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Plus, if necessary, I could throw my bike really far.
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Poor form not using the back leg and following through. All these guys need to spend a little time in the off season working on form.

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Felt abuse should be a capital crime.

You gonna have Ex fix this thread title?
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Felt abuse should be a capital crime.

You gonna have Ex fix this thread title?
I've attempted several times to correct the title with no success. Ex has the super skillset to correct it?
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The sign at the log-hop is hilarious.
Marshall thought the event through to include everything. There were Belgum flags at the finish line and the Goodyear Blimp even made an appearance.



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[QUOTE=Allegheny Jet;14797311]Marshall thought the event through to include everything. There were Belgum flags at the finish line and the Goodyear Blimp even made an appearance. E]

I Knew that the East Coast races drew big fields, but damn, big enough to pull a Goodyear Blimp?
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I think it's following me. Bet it won't find me tomorrow when I ride in the woods.

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The State Master's Cross Championships were yesterday in Dublin Ohio. It rained a little on Friday and the flat-ish course was in great shape. The temps were in the low 50's with 20 mph winds. My group was lined up behind the 45+, 50+, and 55+ racers. The total race group was at least 60 riders. I had a great and aggressive start and over the first 1/3 of a lap I was up into the middle of the field. At the first set of barriers I slapped my bike down and discovered I'd popped the chain once back in the saddle. I rushed putting it back on and I didn't get it back on until the 3rd attempt. During the mishap at least 20 riders passed me in the 15 seconds it took get going again. At that point I knew I was in trouble in my category as there is one very formidable opponent that I needed to keep close if I was to have any chance of a win.

Once back on the bike I had to begin passing the slower riders as we went into the twisty technical sections. I really made some nice and aggressive passes by taking the inside and braking late. I know that I pissed a few riders off but that is cross racing as it's meant to be. Once in the flowing section I was able to pass several more riders before completing the first lap. At the start line there is a long grassy out and back straight and I could see the guy I was marking at least 45" ahead with many guys between us. At that point I just went into cruise control and kept riding with my HR at mid to high Z4. As the race progressed my guy kept getting further ahead. My role at that point was to preserve 2nd place and I began to monitor behind and saw that there was only the guys that I passed and no one charging up. Mid-way through the race I caught my 55+ team mate and tried to work with him for a while. I tried to pull him in the wide open areas and in sections into the wind. With 2 laps left he couldn't keep my pace and I went on just in case my marked guy had some difficulty.

I did get lapped by the 3 leaders of the 45+ race while on my last lap but no one else. I even lapped 7 or 8 other riders that included 2 guys in my race. Last year in the same race I was lapped by someone in my race. I used my HR monitor during the race and discovered afterwards that I averaged 156 bpm which is upper Z4 for 50 minutes. I'll take that kind of effort as a positive. I don't know how far back I was from the winner but don't think I would have beaten him even if I didn't mess up the first set of barriers at the worst time possible.

I don’t make many podiums in cyclo cross so the silver medal was rewarding.

No pictures were posted yet. I’ll share once there are some out there.
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That is a wonderful result in a tough race with strong competition. I am very happy for you. Congrats.
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Out-friggen-standing A.J.

Dropped chains are beyond frustrating, but it sounds as though you don't need to be kicking yourself all year with the coulda, woulda, shoulda's.

Again, well done
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Dropped chains are beyond frustrating, but it sounds as though you don't need to be kicking yourself all year with the coulda, woulda, shoulda's.
Don't worry, I'm good with the race. This time last year was bad. I made these two movies in the aftermath.

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/1266...-cross-failure

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/12706213/dfl-redemption
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Great kookycross result, AJ!!
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Way to go, AJ. You da man!
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Entry Fee for State Cyclocross Race. --------------------------------$45

Gas home after being pulled early and finishing DFL -----------------$25

Making two self-deprecating, and hilarious films to cast-off the Bad Ju-Ju -------------------------- PRICELESS

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If you weren't dead to me for carrying some Rube Goldberg contraption of a bicycle around on your shoulder in the dirt I'd definitely give you a big thumbs up. And I'd suggest a chain keeper of which I have one that might fit your bike depending on the seat tube OD.

Sadly, you're dead to me.
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I have used a chain keeper in the past. I ditched it two seasons ago when I got punted from behind on a fast curve and during the crash I forced the chain under the keeper. It took a few frustrating minutes until some guy watching went to his car to get a screw driver. The keeper now resides on the mtb. I should not have accepted assistance but my race was over anyway. However I did provide a "bloody mess Cross image" that made it into a local sports mag. It was a four point landing with blood oozing from the hand, elbow, hip and knee.

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Today's cross race was one to remember. We got at least 2" of rain since Friday making the flat lowland course a slimy mess wth temps in the low 40's. I started decently in the Masters 35+, 45+ races and on the second lap I suddenly crashed for no reason. When I got up I noticed the bike was no longer attached to the rear wheel. First thought was the frame broke but then I realized the derailer hanger sheared off. Up next was carrying the bike and wheel 1/3 lap back to the wheel /bike pit following the muddy course.

Once back to the pits I got the backup bike and rejoined the race. When I rode past the scoring tent they said "1 lap". A 45 minute race and I was only doing three laps? Cool, I was soaked, sweating, mud covered and ready for beer. I ended up not getting lapped and beating several other racers. (No DNF) The water and mud was significant today and riding with a wet diaper really sucks. I attended a cross practice/ course break-in on Tue and we averaged under 7' a lap. At the end of the first lap today I rolled through just over 13'.

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Damn. Thumbs up for the true cx conditions! Thumbs up for finishing! Thumbs (way) down for that 2nd photo that hurts my eyes.
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Today's cross race was one to remember. We got at least 2" of rain since Friday making the flat lowland course a slimy mess wth temps in the low 40's. I started decently in the Masters 35+, 45+ races and on the second lap I suddenly crashed for no reason. When I got up I noticed the bike was no longer attached to the rear wheel. First thought was the frame broke but then I realized the derailer hanger sheared off. Up next was carrying the bike and wheel 1/3 lap back to the wheel /bike pit following the muddy course.

Once back to the pits I got the backup bike and rejoined the race. When I rode past the scoring tent they said "1 lap". A 45 minute race and I was only doing three laps? Cool, I was soaked, sweating, mud covered and ready for beer. I ended up not getting lapped and beating several other racers. (No DNF) The water and mud was significant today and riding with a wet diaper really sucks. I attended a cross practice/ course break-in on Tue and we averaged under 7' a lap. At the end of the first lap today I rolled through just over 13'.
Sounds absolutely "EPIC" ...........

..............except for the busted bike.
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Damn. Thumbs up for the true cx conditions! Thumbs up for finishing! Thumbs (way) down for that 2nd photo that hurts my eyes.
Thanks for the props. If anything could fail the RD hanger is the best option. First thought was frame, then Dura Ace RD, then with a sigh of relief the hanger.

I'll post an image or two of how muddy it was once they show up on Facebook.
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It's a different life, where you live, Jet... NOT the desert. Oh and Cross is not like a crit!
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It's a different life, where you live, Jet... NOT the desert. Oh and Cross is not like a crit!
AZTR, I think cross is more like a time trail with some serious interruptions. I've recently discovered that very hard short efforts kills the race. Now when passing I don't "send a message", I just slip by and ride away at the same speed used while closing.
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AZTR, I think cross is more like a time trail with some serious interruptions.
That is probably the most succinct explanation for why I don't like cx. I don't like TTs, and I don't like interruptions!
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