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Old 08-27-06, 09:42 PM
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University RR Report

It's been a long time since I've posted a race report so here's my report from my race today.
I may not be as witty as Hiromian, or as colorful as Vinokurtoff, but here it goes:

University RR report - UC Santa Cruz
35+ 1/2/3
Course – Roughly 3 mile loop with about 400 feet of climbing per lap. Basically up, down, up, repeat for 14 laps (aka my kind of course)

The start/finish line was about halfway up the climb, so I was sure to get in a good warm-up. Since it was a relatively short race and cool and foggy at the start, I decided not to carry any food and just had 1 bottle of double concentrated Cytomax (I figured I’d grab a bottle of H2O from the neutral support later in the race if it heated up). I started the race about 20 back from the front and worked my way up to the top 5 by the top of the first climb. The first few climbs were brisk led by the stronger climbers trying to thin the pack. I was very comfortable hovering in the top 10, but trying to let the others work until our numbers were smaller. The first real break came on the 5th lap when we got down to 11 riders. About this time we caught the Elite 3 field who had started 2 minutes ahead of us and were still mostly together (I love it when we catch another field!). They were neutralized as we went by. We stayed at 11 for a few laps and I started taking some pulls as we rotated on the downhill. I did a few hard pulls on the steeper parts of the hill to try to put the hurt on our pack, but it was the guy who had beat me at the Mt. Diablo Hill Climb TT who was doing the majority of the pace setting up the hill. With 5 or 6 laps to go I was feeling great so I took a long hard pull up the hill trying to drop a couple more. I wasn’t able to drop anyone and was starting to tire when former national champion guy launched an attack and supermarket guy jumped on his wheel. I couldn’t respond, but thankfully 2 others did and I was able to ride their wheels back to the leaders. In addition to the 5 of us, only 3 others remained in the break. Several unsuccessful attacks were attempted over the next 4 laps, but we remained intact. With a lap to go I attacked on the 2nd half of the last climb and tried to get away. But by the top I still had 6 guys on my wheel. About 1/3 of the way down the hill, and 3K from the finish, 2 guys attacked, and then I followed. It took a big effort to get on their wheels and as soon as I caught my breath I took a quick look back. We had opened up about 20M, so I attacked. After about 15 seconds I looked back and I had about a 30M lead with about 2K to go. As the others were looking at each other wondering who was going to chase (really, just take your time guys, no rush ) I put my head down and started pedaling with every watt I had. The final 800M was on the climb, so I just needed to hold the gap to the base of the hill to have a great shot at the win. I took a final look back at the turn and still had a lead of about 100M. I gave it everything I had. The lactic acid in my legs and lung burn was intense and I didn’t know if I could hang on but seeing the finish gave me the boost to keep pedaling in the big ring (OK, it's only a 50- yea compact!) through the line for my first win in the 35+ 1/2/3!
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Old 08-27-06, 11:12 PM
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Congrats.
I was chewed up and spit out from Cat 4/5 field. I was like a little train that could. ha ha. A truely evil course!
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Old 08-27-06, 11:15 PM
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Huge.

For perspective to those outside Cali that class is way deep in talent, one of the top 35+ fields in the US. Guys who win or podium Nationals in their age group, and can hurt a lot of Pro 1/2 guys.

And after a whole bunch of races in the legs to boot.
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Old 08-27-06, 11:26 PM
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That's a pretty awesome job there, PM!
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Old 08-28-06, 04:56 AM
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nice job... but next time use paragraph breaks!
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Old 08-28-06, 05:48 AM
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Holy crap....congrats man. You'll be a Cat 1 in no time.

Discovery called, they need a replacement for Lance.
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Old 08-28-06, 08:05 AM
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Way to go PizzaMan! (my favorite moniker).
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Old 08-28-06, 08:23 AM
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Nice.....you da man!
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Old 08-28-06, 09:34 AM
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hell yeah!!!!! congrats on the race, that's effing awesome. those guys must of been kicking themselves for not chasing you quick enough.
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Old 08-28-06, 11:05 AM
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What is your threshold power and how fast can you run a mile?
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Old 08-28-06, 11:10 AM
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Pizza Man, you continue to be my idol. I have a long winter ahead of me...

Congrats!
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Old 08-28-06, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
What is your threshold power and how fast can you run a mile?
About 325W.
I ran a 4:26 10 years ago, and could probably run about 4:59.9 these days.

Thanks for the replies.

I'll be sure to use paragraph breaks next time.

The Cat 2-1 upgrade is going to have to wait until next year since I can only earn upgrade points in races that are 80 miles long and against Elite (all ages) riders, with a field minimum of 60 riders. We don't get too many road races here that get the minimum 60 in the Pro/1/2 field, so I'll be looking to do a couple stage races next year.
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Old 08-28-06, 12:30 PM
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I could probably run a half mile in 4:26
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Old 08-28-06, 01:55 PM
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Pizza you're the Man.

My heart rate went way up reading your post. Who needs colour or whit when the story is Huge as Vino said. Race reports are the best thing in BF I think. Man you must feel great. Thanks for posting.
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Old 08-28-06, 02:14 PM
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Sweet! I will refer all who say "compact is for wimps" to your post Great job!
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Old 08-28-06, 03:13 PM
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Thanks for the report PM. I was thinking that the SC race would be a good first race for me, but my work load the past few weeks made it impossible. Seems like it was a great place to ride hard.

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Old 08-28-06, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by hiromian
Pizza you're the Man.

My heart rate went way up reading your post. Who needs colour or whit when the story is Huge as Vino said. Race reports are the best thing in BF I think. Man you must feel great. Thanks for posting.
i agree with all aspects of this post
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Old 08-28-06, 05:19 PM
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Congrats PizzaMan, I watched most of the race and was suprised to see how spread out the whole field was.... didn't know you were up there laying down the pain, a few friends got dropped off the back of that group and I know they're strong, you must be an ox...lol.

Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
Congrats.
I was chewed up and spit out from Cat 4/5 field. I was like a little train that could. ha ha. A truely evil course!
Was a hell of a race huh? By far the hardest race or ride in general I've done so far.
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Old 08-28-06, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by HillMut
Congrats PizzaMan, I watched most of the race and was suprised to see how spread out the whole field was.... didn't know you were up there laying down the pain, a few friends got dropped off the back of that group and I know they're strong, you must be an ox...lol.



Was a hell of a race huh? By far the hardest race or ride in general I've done so far.
Yeah it hurt so bad! Which is wierd because usually it hurts so goooooddd........ he he.
This week is recovery then on to SF next monday. he he. Anyone else is going?
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Old 08-28-06, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
This week is recovery then on to SF next monday. he he. Anyone else is going?
Challenge Saturday, Crockett Sunday, then the Giro. Doing the domestique thing to try to put some vertabrae on the podium(s).

Right now I'm in the 3's and 45's at the Giro. Might switch it up if we need some blockers in the 35's.
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Wow. Awesome ride PizzaMan! So far as your race report goes, I think you should stretch it out a bit so we can suffer longer with you.

I think I'm going to have a slice or two right now in your honour! Pizza Hut Supreme, added banana peppers...
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Old 08-29-06, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
Yeah it hurt so bad! Which is wierd because usually it hurts so goooooddd........ he he.
This week is recovery then on to SF next monday. he he. Anyone else is going?
I have to do it since it's the only race in my hometown all year.
I work a few blocks from the course so I was walking over it at lunch yesterday.
It looks pretty good except for the old railroad tracks we have to cross turning onto Front Street. Not a good place to flat, going into a turn
I'll be in the 35+ trying not to get blocked by Vino.

I had considered racing on Saturday and Sunday as well, but I'm already racing on Thursday night, and I don't want to burn out.
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Originally Posted by Pizza Man
I'll be in the 35+ trying not to get blocked by Vino.

I had considered racing on Saturday and Sunday as well, but I'm already racing on Thursday night, and I don't want to burn out.
Sounds like our main 35+ guy has fled to Europe, so I'll be taking my beating with the old men.

I'm looking forward to a nice charcoal finish.
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Old 08-29-06, 11:09 AM
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Vino- Hows the noob class(4/5) at the giro? I would imagine pretty quick/really quick but just curious
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Old 08-29-06, 11:18 AM
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I think it will be less nutty without the SF GP that weekend to draw folks in. USCF 4/5 races in CA usually have a pretty broad range of talent. You'd do fine.

Good thing is there will be a small hill which ought to help burn off some of the bigger guys as the race goes on.
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