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Old 07-10-18, 04:07 PM
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Originally Posted by rubiksoval View Post
Watched that a few times trying to figure out who it was. Think it was Daryl Impey, the SA national champ.
All the sprinters are like wtf, why is this non-sprinter dude mixing it up with us..
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Old 07-13-18, 08:38 PM
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All the sprinters are like wtf, why is this non-sprinter dude mixing it up with us..
He was top 10 today, right? Top 10 ain't nothing in a sprint stage in the TdF
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Old 07-15-18, 04:26 PM
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Crusher in the Tushar. 69 Mile, 10000 feet mixed surface race. 3rd / ? in the u29 age group.

One of the hardest days imaginable. 5:15 total time with MAYBE 20 minutes of that spent not grinding the pedals along. I did the race on my full sus xc bike with tiny trail gearing because it's all I've got. 43c Panaracer gravel tires at 25/27 psi. No mechanical problems, and the bike wasn't the worst choice. The front suspension helped with washboarded corners and the rear definitely softened up some of the loose / fast descents. BUT given the choice I'd rather have a bike that 3-5 lbs lighter because when you're climbing forever in a race like this, the weight adds up.

I lost 2nd place on the long descent. I was running in p2 (thought it was p3, but hard to tell because of the way the fields got started), when I got gapped from the group I was raiding with on the descent. Ended up falling back to the next paceline and riding with 2 people in my age group. The section called the Sarlac pit (sandy section, with a real bad false flat) broke me. No power meter, but I was at my limit from there until the end of the race. Kid who ended up second got away from me there and I kept him in touching distance all the way up the col de crush but couldn't make it back to him. One big effort on the last mile climb (at >10k feet) had me really hurting, but I held on for a podium position and some really cool race swag.
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Old 07-16-18, 02:15 PM
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Raced LAVRA time trials at Velo Sports Center in Carson: 250m indoor wooden track.

This event had a very low rider turnout since masters track nationals was being held in Trexlertown this past week. Lack of riders does not change my goals or motivation.

My wife and I negotiated with the officials to allow us to race a two person 3k team pursuit. Although two person terms are common in road team time trials, track events start with a minimum of three. So they agreed to allow us to race and time us electronically but not submit our race officially. Perfect.

I have done team pursuit many times with my wife but there has always been other people. We have raced our tandem many times but this would be the first time in a two person technical race as a team.

The other thing we negotiated was that the team pursuit would be after the individual pursuit. However, right before the start of the afternoon session, the officials announced that all team pursuits would go before individual pursuit. Ok. We were the first ones off and we put my wife in the start gate and I was up track in position 2.

We had a good start and our coach was calling lap times from the side of the track. It worked perfectly with pretty even lap times for a 4:21.2.

The marriage survived and we may have started something. It is hard to find 3 or 4 racers to do team pursuit plus one should practice before racing. It is much easier to practice and race with one other person.

I then did the individual 2k pursuit and I hit lap times that I targeted and improved my time by 4 seconds from last month.

It was an excellent training and racing week.

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Old 07-18-18, 08:44 AM
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Raced the A crit last night. First time I have raced the A alone (in past did B, then A). Very hot. 97deg at start. Small field of 15. Had a teammate in the break of 3. So didn't have to do a ton of work. Ended up 5th, with about half the field being DNF.

Talking about being lapped, yes, was lapped by the break of 3. But interestingly the breakaway guys decided to fall back and unlap themselves. When we were lapped, I was prepared to help my teammate. Then I was undecided what to do when guys in the field started attacking and the breakaway guys sat up. My teammate told me to go. I guess if the field reforms ahead of the break, then I can't help my teammate.

Anyway, the most notable thing about this race is that I actually had a 3 year power PR in the sprint (didn't have a chance to compare to before 3 years ago). First time ever I think I've had a sprint power PR in a race. 25s at 922w avg. It was 5 of us in the sprint, I was third wheel, with two sprinter rivals (who are I think considered better sprinters than me) behind me. I thought about falling back to last wheel, but decided I would try to gap from in front of them. They made the mistake of not being on my wheel, I took outside line, they took inside. They tried to get on my wheel, but failed. Done and dusted. This might be my last crit for the year. Glad to get a power PR. I have been fearing that I have lost my anaerobic power over the past 1.5 years.

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Old 07-19-18, 08:29 AM
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Wednesday night crit.

Jonny Brown was in town so he showed up to race. Ha. People nearly lost their ****, which meant that every time he stood up 7 people tried to jump on his wheel. He and the local leg crusher just took turns destroying the field. 32 or 33 started, by halfway only 17-18 were left. It was nonstop surge and surge and die and surge. I've ridden a grand total of 10 hours this entire month so was suffering from the get-go. I missed every break except the last one. At one point 10 guys were up the road and only 5 of us left in the "field", yet somehow all those guys up front started cajoling and looking at each other and it all came back together with 7 or 8 laps to go.

Then it started splintering again and I surged up through the 180 turns and caught on and just like that 7 of us rolled off with 6 to go. I couldn't take a single pull. Coming in to the last lap two guys fell over. I went way wide and had to sprint 1/4 of the lap to grab the next wheel as our break disintegrated. Jumped with one 180 turn to go and held it off. Fourth Wednesday night crit win in a row, and probably the hardest one I've done due to such low fitness. HR was pegged the entire time. Ouch.
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Old 07-19-18, 08:56 AM
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Wednesday night crit.

Jonny Brown was in town so he showed up to race. Ha. People nearly lost their ****, which meant that every time he stood up 7 people tried to jump on his wheel. He and the local leg crusher just took turns destroying the field. 32 or 33 started, by halfway only 17-18 were left. It was nonstop surge and surge and die and surge. I've ridden a grand total of 10 hours this entire month so was suffering from the get-go. I missed every break except the last one. At one point 10 guys were up the road and only 5 of us left in the "field", yet somehow all those guys up front started cajoling and looking at each other and it all came back together with 7 or 8 laps to go.

Then it started splintering again and I surged up through the 180 turns and caught on and just like that 7 of us rolled off with 6 to go. I couldn't take a single pull. Coming in to the last lap two guys fell over. I went way wide and had to sprint 1/4 of the lap to grab the next wheel as our break disintegrated. Jumped with one 180 turn to go and held it off. Fourth Wednesday night crit win in a row, and probably the hardest one I've done due to such low fitness. HR was pegged the entire time. Ouch.
Nice. You beat Johnny Brown! No video?
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Old 07-19-18, 09:24 AM
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Nice. You beat Johnny Brown! No video?
My last two races the gopro didn't record anything and then it won't turn off. Seriously defective. I'm going to send it back.
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Old 07-19-18, 02:58 PM
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My buddy crashed out of that one and broke his wheel, he just got up to cat 2 too! He thinks he just took the hairpin too hot
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Old 07-19-18, 03:22 PM
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My last two races the gopro didn't record anything and then it won't turn off. Seriously defective. I'm going to send it back.
bad memory card? Have you done a hard reset?
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bad memory card? Have you done a hard reset?
Dunno. Won't turn off. Just have to let the battery die.
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Dunno. Won't turn off. Just have to let the battery die.
Hold the mode/shutter button for 10 seconds. Also, see if a different memory card prevents this.
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