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Old 02-01-09, 03:54 AM   #1
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How'd it go at the Cal Aggie Crit?

Red Rider? Huy?

Got any reports?
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Old 02-01-09, 07:49 AM   #2
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The race was at William Land Park in Sac. I thought it was going to be a very simple, non-technical course. But after 1 practice lap, I discovered there was a very sharp 'S' turn . The first left must have been 135 degrees, followed by a 90 right and some more sweepers. My first crit was definitely going to be interesting.

I got to the line (Elite 5's) a little late and they had us do a practice lap together. That's great because I wanted to be in the front at the start anyway. We all made it back together and I worked my way to the front row.

Going into the race I knew I wanted to be in the front. Well, I learned that the very front is not really the best. I let a couple guys do the pulling, one dude was real strong, and he pulled for a lap and a half. I also did my share of pulling.... too much in fact. The problem I discovered was it's hard to let people take the front without 10-15 guys passing you. The gaps are tight and it sucks to lose that much postition after doing your share of work.

About halfway through the race I smartened up and tucked behind the front of the field. There was an aggressive, if not dangerous (he almost caused a crash early), guy that took off. I learned later that it was actually 2 guys that broke away, never to be caught again. To me it was now just a race against those still in the field. Nobody was trying to bridge up, they were too strong and had too much of a lead.

With 5 laps to go the intensity picked up. Speeds were quickly winding up to about 28-29mph and teams were postioning themselves to the front. I found myself falling back to mid-pack and made a move on the outside with about 2 laps to go. I must have jumped 15 positions, to about 5th (not counting the 2 in the break). Holding that position for 2 more laps took a lot out of me.

On the final lap I was getting really excited that I was still in the mix. No chance to win, but I was fighting for a top 10. On the long straightaway before the S turn two guys tangled and hooked bars. This happened right in front of me and I moved a little to the left. These guys went down hard . I have no idea how many people went down with them. It was bad, scary even. One guy flew off the road and hit a 'No Parking' sign (I saw it out of the corner of my eye). I hope they're all ok.

So the final s-turn went well since I was sitting 5th or 6th. I tried to suck wheel for as long as I could before the final sprint. The last turn came and I accelerated as much as I could. I didn't have much left in the tank. The smart ones behind me started their sprints and I was passed by 5 or 6 guys before crossing the line. I ended up finishing in 13th place. I'll take it!

I learned a lot from this first race. I'm also much more comfortable with riding in the pack. The problem is you can do everything right and some bozo can still get you hurt. You just have to ride defensively.

Next up, Cherry Pie! Hopefully the 'climb' works to my advantage.

How's that for a report? A little long winded I know . Pics will be posted as I get them.

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Old 02-01-09, 09:14 AM   #3
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Great report and good job on the race.

At last weeks race, in the final burst to the finish, some dude tried to come between me and the guy to my right. He was close enough that I felt him on my right elbow. He hooked bars with the guy on the right and took himself and two others down.

Moral of the story: race in the drops and someone can't come up and hook your bars.
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Old 02-01-09, 09:55 AM   #4
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Good point. I was in the drops the entire race (besides the 3 sips of water I took). I do need to get 42cm bars though... the 44's are not necessary and only increase the risk of tangling up.

Are you doing EB today? If so good luck!
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Women's 4 was the last race to go off -- the shadows were long and the temps warm, no wind to speak of -- in short, a perfect day to race.

I'm glad we had a practice lap since my teammate had described those turns but I couldn't picture them. Then we went off. I hung on for about 3-1/2 laps before getting gapped on that first sharp turn. Two other girls were with me (they'd never raced) and the mentor go them to paceline with me. I pulled through the turns one lap and got a surge of confidence. When we got back with the pack I blended in and hung on, sprinting every chance I got. I felt good and strong and had a full pack of matches.

On the last lap and final sprint I picked off a number of girls who were fried. I don't know how I finished but i suspect 15th, and I'm really good with that.

This is my sophomore season and 4th crit overall, and I'm not nearly as terrifed of them as I was last year. So I'm really looking forward to Cherry Pie, which was my first crit last year. That hill is my friend.
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This is my sophomore season and 4th crit overall, and I'm not nearly as terrifed of them as I was last year. So I'm really looking forward to Cherry Pie, which was my first crit last year. That hill is my friend.
So I think we're gonna see you on the podium pretty soon..huh?
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Old 02-01-09, 03:43 PM   #7
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The race was at William Land Park in Sac. I thought it was going to be a very simple, non-technical course. But after 1 practice lap, I discovered there was a very sharp 'S' turn . The first left must have been 135 degrees, followed by a 90 right and some more sweepers. My first crit was definitely going to be interesting.
Hey, great report!
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Ryan and Deb did a lot better than I did. Going into the first s turn, I was pinched and was already off the back. I know I was going to get dropped but not this soon. Pretty much soloed for 3-4 laps before being caught buy some stragglers. Whom I worked with for a couple of laps before the ref pulled me as I was lapped the second time. I am definitely well aware of my downfalls now and really need to drop the pounds before I can be competitive. Need to count those calories now This was very evident yesterday as I forgot my jersey (size XL) and had to borrow a teammate's jersey (size M). Felt like a sausage.
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Huy, we have a great role model for pound droppage, Joel.
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Photos from the crit from a local photographer:

http://hcphoto.smugmug.com/DBC%20-%2...%20Team/276327
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^I checked those out. Too bad only 5 photos from cat 5. I am in one though... riding the train (in the back) http://hcphoto.smugmug.com/gallery/7...86_K27Zf/Large

I also came across these photos. Probably more floating around somewhere....

http://peterlanik.smugmug.com/galler...65329360_iGnGP

http://www.flickr.com/photos/vicario...7613254573238/
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Thanks for the reports, well done.

Huy, just keep up the riding and the pounds will come off.
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I raced twice, E4 and then Masters 4/5. I raced the E4 hard and spent a lot of energy trying to maintain position in the top ten. I knew I didn't have the fitness to try anything spectacular and I was riding without teammates so my strategy was to stay up front and hope nothing dangerous got away. Managed to avoid a couple crashes (another big reason to stay up near the front). I wanted to be in the top 10 coming out of the last turn but I allowed myself to get swarmed on the backside. Had to make up ground and fight my way back to the front group in the last 300m. Ended up 9th. I'll take it.

In the Masters race I sat in more, except on one lap when I moved up to the front to wave hi to my wife and son on the back side. Actually had better position coming out of the last turn in the second race but there was nothing left in the tank for the sprint and I finished 14th. No upgrade points, but my fitness is coming along. And I'm racing better every race.

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I had been doing the Early Birds, but since my Sunday was tied up I did the Cal Aggie. I was in the Masters 35+ 4/5. I was able to stay in the back half of the group for about 4 laps, then those s-turns just got the best of me. I am working on my fitness and it is getting better, but I just spent too much energy amping it up after those slow turns. I eventually got pulled, but no sweat. I had a blast and I am improving all the time. I will be at the Cherry Pie in the Cat 5 race.
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We had 4 guys in the P/1/2 race and I wanted to try and get in a break early. I attacked a bunch and nothing was going. One of my teammates got away with a very strong Webcor rider(rand miller) so I just sat in the top 5 jumping on anything that looked like it could reach them and keeping them away. With about 3 laps to go the break came back and I countered with 3 other guys, 2 davis 1 webcor. The Davis guy just motors and winds it up to about 36 till he blows sky high. I'm trashed from all the efforts prior and cant hold his wheel getting stuck in la-la land and eventually just sat up knowing it was over and I couldn't hold off the pack. The other two stayed away till right on the line for 1st and 2nd. Bummer cause I would have had no worse than a podium to start the season.

3rd wheel back waiting for the attacks
The 3 behind me are Adam Switters who rode for Rock last year, Shawn Rosenthal who rides for my old team and is a beast and Jesse Moore who won Paskenta the next day breaking away with one other guy 60 miles from the finish in brutal wind.

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E4's. got stuck in the mid-back on the first lap and ended up tail gunning the whole race because everyone slowed down to about 16 to do the chicane (even though its possible to go in at ~22 ish). the field was doing about 28-30 average. at about 12 to go i started making my way up but then three people crashed ahead of me in the 2nd chicane. so i got gapped and the people who i could have worked with started sitting up so i ended up TT'ing the rest of the race, only to get pulled with 2 to go.

was corner marshaling the masters 4/5 race... got to watch a guy fall over on the inside of the left-hander and break his collar bone.
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I will be at the Cherry Pie in the Cat 5 race.
So will the Garmin boys.

http://www.bikereg.com/events/confli...&SortBy=&z=1#6

Although I don't think they're racing Cat 5.
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So will the Garmin boys.

http://www.bikereg.com/events/confli...&SortBy=&z=1#6

Although I don't think they're racing Cat 5.
Darn........It would be fun to get dropped by them
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