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Old 01-18-09, 07:45 PM   #1
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How was the Early Bird? Tell us about it!

I think the title says it all.

I know some of you were going. How did it go, how did you do?
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Old 01-18-09, 08:05 PM   #2
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It was great. I took off of the front a couple times, but no one wanted to try and get into a break with me so I sat up and got back in the group both times. I was behind a big crash because two riders bumped, one went down, and another endo'ed. Everyone walked away, some missing a little skin. Race ended in a sprint from the pack. My son, who I sent to grab some pictures of the pros, came back without taking any. When I asked why, he told me he thought it would be rude to take pictures after Fast Freddy Rodriguez was nice enough to take time to stop and talk to him a few minutes about his race.(Fast Freddy won again). Kudos, Mr Rodriguez, very nice of you.
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Was that crash in the first race in the morning? I saw the one at the end of the 35+ Cat 5 race. They were just finishing the last turn and starting the straightaway when it happend. There were three groups, and it happened in the group that was made up of first time racers. A guy in my club saw the endo out of the corner of his eye. That guy laid there not moving figuring he wouldn't move until everyone passed him. He got some road rash. He thinks someone crossed their front wheel on his rear.
The other guy that crossed a front wheel went down and trashed his carbon frame. His left ankle was really hurting him bad, so it's either sprained or broken.
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Nope. I was in the first race of the day (Men 3/4 and Women 3). No crashes, surprisingly fast for January, and surprisingly smooth. There was a two man break for about 5 laps that got caught on the last lap and one of the two breakawayers recovered and rode off the front for the win. Strong kid.

I took a couple of flyers early just for practice, tried and failed to bridge to the break, and then worked on moving up through the pack. Finished around 10th or so. A good morning.

Unfortunately it meant getting up SUPER early to get there from Sacramento.
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If someone hit your friend's rear wheel, he most likely wouldn't have gone down. the person who hit his wheel would go down and it's very likely your friend wouldn't have even felt it.

if someone endo'd, it's because they hit their brakes and didn't move their body weight back. there's no other likely reason someone would endo in a crit on a flat, smooth course.
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I was racing in that last group of 35+ riders on the last lap and about 150 yards from the finish when I saw the second rider crash into the first rider who was down on the ground; it happened so fast that I guess he couldn't avoid it and his bike just flew in the air and I heard it split in two upon impact. A buddy and I barely avoided the same fate with some quick maneuvering, I was racing for the first time and it was a pretty smooth ride until that final sprint. I think it started when a couple of riders going for the sprint touched bikes and one guy went down; I hope no one was seriously hurt, but it kind of sucks that it had been a clean/fast ride for 39 minutes but I guess the race (and the risk) isn't over until you cross the finish line.
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It was the same as last week for me. The under 35 cat 5 were surprisingly smooth and crash free. Average was around 25mph and I was averaging less than that so I was dropped several time. Getting better (very slowly) each week. I'll post some pictures tomorrow after getting some rest. One of my carpool mates had to be there for the first race so same early story as Caloso.
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Great job guys! Wish I was in town to attend....

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I heard about the crash and about the flying bike after hitting the person on the ground. I hope they're both OK.

They split the 35+ Cat5's into three groups, first was the experienced guys (5+ races), second was guys with under 5 races, and the first time racers in the third. I was in the second group.

I kept a cool head mostly and didn't work more than I had to keep near the front. The pace averaged 25mph with bursts to 28-29. I did find myself mid-pack halfway through the bell lap. Coming around the last right-hand sweeper, I saw Owner (Jeff) and Mike (Roaring Mouse rider) in the front so I pushed hard, in the wind, to claw back to the front. I ended with a 15th or so place finish. The coolest part was when we (the 2nd less experienced group) caught and passed the first group.

I met a few guys from La Morinda (sp) cycling club who is sponsored by Taleo. They seemed pretty cool and welcoming and apparently has ~160 racers in their club . Next week is meet the teams week so it should be interesting.

Joel,
You should come try one of the two remaining Early Birds. If you like the Sac Wheelmen ride, you'd probably enjoy this too.
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Wish I could have made it. I might try for the RR next Sat. or the crit on Sunday. I just built up my race bike... on a BD frame . I'll give it some work this week on commutes. I reg'd for the Cal Aggie crit so I'm committed.

Hope to see you guys out there.
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Old 01-19-09, 12:49 AM   #11
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I went with the 3rd 35+ cat 5 group today. There were less people and I had a headache anyway. Nice pace the whole time. I was mid-pack coming out of the last turn when the crash took place. I was right behind them. I slowed down and helped the less injured guy get his bike off the course. Other than that it was a great day. Looking forward to meet the teams day next week.
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I was in the second 35+ cat 5 group, with Blastradius. It was a nice day, with perfect weather. My computer indicates the pace was slightly slower than last week, which is surprising since we caught the first group. I wonder if there was another long, successful breakaway in that group like last week's race. Even more surprising is that the race apparently was only 34 minutes. By the afternoon, all the races are running behind schedule, so maybe they cut it short to get the juniors out before sunset!
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havent raced yet just going out to watch, the 123 races have been fantastic and the weather...

has been a very popular series thus far - thanks Larry!

i will be out there with a tent for my team on team day (Berkely Bike Club), will have availalble trainers, coffee and yogurt parfaits, water, and bagels

come say hi! Plan on racing the 123 race, just trying to kick this cough from a cold i had 2 freakin weeks ago.
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Old 01-19-09, 09:46 AM   #14
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You should come try one of the two remaining Early Birds. If you like the Sac Wheelmen ride, you'd probably enjoy this too.
Nah, I'm just not interested in riding a crit. The crowds and chaos are things I try to avoid being mixed up in. I had enough trouble keeping straight with 10 riders yesterday.
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I had to work in the afternoon so I ended up going down early to do the 3/4 race and the 9:30 clinic to get my points.

The differences between the 3/4 race and the 5 35+ were a slightly higher pace (25.7 mph compared to 24.8 from last weeks 35 + race) and a longer race time (48 minutes compared to 36 minutes). The pack was very smooth yesterday and much more aware. I think this group had like two or three crashes last week! I heard somebody say the group seemed a lot smaller too. Maybe the crashes convinced some people to stay away. Another difference was that the group seemed more strung out than the cat 5's so it felt harder to move up through the pack without going out in the wind.

I spent most of the race being content at being pack fodder. Later in the race when I felt a bit more warmed up I moved up to the front for about a quarter of a lap to help bring back the break. The pack seemed a bit more organized in chasing it down than our group last week who let a three man break get away. It was a lot of fun.

Hey Henry and Jeff, I wish I was able to make that race. It was a lot of fun having you guys there the last couple of weeks. That’s awesome that you guys caught the first group. How did they handle that? Did you just sort of get absorbed into their group? How’d Mike do?

Joel, by posting this thread it seems as though you’re a least flirting with the racing bug . You should come down and check it out!
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Joel, by posting this thread it seems as though you’re a least flirting with the racing bug . You should come down and check it out!
I'm just an interested fan. And I like to know how my friends here at BF are doing at following their racing dream.
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Hey Henry and Jeff, I wish I was able to make that race. It was a lot of fun having you guys there the last couple of weeks. That’s awesome that you guys caught the first group. How did they handle that? Did you just sort of get absorbed into their group? How’d Mike do?
Hey Tim, we missed you out there! I think our group was bigger than the first one, so if anything they were absorbed into ours. I don't know if they latched on the back or not. Mike did well, paying me back in full for the leadout I gave him in EB#1. Ah, poetic justice! Mike and I were laughing about it afterwards. It was another fun, safe race. The EB folks do a nice job.
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Hey Tim, we missed you out there! I think our group was bigger than the first one, so if anything they were absorbed into ours. I don't know if they latched on the back or not. Mike did well, paying me back in full for the leadout I gave him in EB#1. Ah, poetic justice! Mike and I were laughing about it afterwards. It was another fun, safe race. The EB folks do a nice job.
You guys passed the first group and kept on going. They fell behind. That was some good riding you were doing. If the race had been another 15 minutes I'd have expected you to catch the third group.
I'm going to come watch again Sunday.
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You guys passed the first group and kept on going. They fell behind. That was some good riding you were doing. If the race had been another 15 minutes I'd have expected you to catch the third group.I'm going to come watch again Sunday.
They would have never caught us...........never
They probably would have caught us. The 3rd group had quite a few significant slowdowns.
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So, seems like I didn't get any photos of anyone you guys would know here except for Fast Freddy. It almost looks like I'm a stalker I promise, I have a other pictures of my team buddies. Just doesn't seem appropriate to post them here.



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Waiting for some guy to come out of the portapottie? Yeah, that's pretty stalkerish.
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Waiting for some guy to come out of the portapottie? Yeah, that's pretty stalkerish.
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Waiting for some guy to come out of the portapottie? Yeah, that's pretty stalkerish.
My car was parked right next to the portopottie!
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Found some great pics of Owner outsprinting the field.
Taken by Garrett Lau of SugarCRM/LGBRC.
Here's the flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/garrett...7612766542035/
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