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Old 02-25-07, 02:52 PM
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Certainly not sandbagging: M35+ Pace Bend Report

Short story: ~20th place (will update results when posted). Missed wining break of 9. Had GOBS of fun though!

Details (don't miss my dumbass move of the day at the end): The pace felt really easy, and after 4 years away from road racing, I had no way to evaluate breaks. I didn't know the teams or riders, or relative fitness. When breaks went up the road, I thought guys were just testing their legs -- it didn't look fast enough to work.

Well, one break stuck, and it had a rider from Team Solar Eclipse in it, and they had about 8 riders in the race, so they shut the field down, but I still didn't think the break was going fast enough to amount to anything. Then, I saw a VW/Trek rider go to bridge.

I could kick myself for hesitating, but I didn't go with him. I felt great, and that may be the problem. I still wasn't convinced these guys had gotten serious yet. Horrible judgment on my part. The VW/Trek guy was (I think) the last one to join the big break, when they were still just a minute up on us (visible near the tops of climbs).

We were riding 7 laps of 6.2 miles, and around the end of lap 2, the field just shut down completely. I had recognized a friend in the field, and asked if he would try to bridge with me, but he was convinced the race was shut down, and he was right.

I didn't have anything better to do, so I decided to try to pick up the tempo of the pack -- maybe, just maybe, we could organize a chase in spite of the Solar boys. I stayed near the front and worked really hard on all the climbs, but not hard enough to create a gap. I wanted everyone to suffer with me. It worked somewhat, as the Solar guys were forced to hang on when I went, and they held a decent pace on the descents (while I recovered). Every climb, I went to the front and eased into a really hard pace, stringing out the pack, then recovered in the high-draft-benefit descents.

While all this was fun and everything, it did very little to reel in the break. I think we held them for that lap (I did this for a full six miles), but we weren't bringing them back, and they were at 2:30. The nice thing is that it thinned the pack out a bit, dropping a few riders here and there.

So, on the 4th lap, the tempo was up (dunno how much I had to do with that). I sat in and stayed near the front, recovering from my tomfoolery.

On the fifth lap, people started to gear up for the sprint (you know how hungry people are for 10th place). A couple of the Solar guys who had been camping in the pack attacked to seal 10th place ($ ten deep). I tried like hell to bridge, but I couldn't make it, and another Solar guy went with me anyway. Amazing how many of them there were.

That effort sent me briskly backwards in the pack. I just let the pack wash over me, and eased in at the back. We had about 1 mile left. A couple guys made some nice moves to get to the front, and I easily followed them to about 10th in the main field. One of my tempo helpers on the 3rd lap flew by me at about 300m, so I accelerated onto his wheel, rode him to about 100m, then opened up. I think I got 5th or so in the field sprint, feeling the 3rd lap effort in my legs.

It was super fun, and next time (dunno when), I will have more confidence and follow the breaks out. I had a deep enough well today that I could have gone in all the breaks and hung in the last one. No idea how I'd do among the breakaways, but I know I could have been there. It was nice to relearn some of this stuff.

At the end of the day, the other racers had a lot of kind words for me regarding my efforts in the third lap. M35+ is a nice change from the 3s of yesteryear (not so much ego).

***Dumbass move of the day: when I went hard up a hill during the 3rd lap, the hill ended with a hard left, and I took a look back to make sure the pack was working hard to stay with me. When I looked back in front of me, I realized I didn't take the turn tight enough, and rode straight into the ditch, a-la Jan Ullrich. I just kept hammering, as it was a nice rocky ditch, and BFers know I ride bombproof 36h Deep Vs. I came out of the ditch into third wheel, making sure to poke fun at myself as I rejoined the pack. No harm, no foul, but it was pretty stupid.

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You should've ridiculed the rest of the pack for not going into the ditch with you. Pretend its like, part of the route and be like, "wusses".
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thanks for sharing, great details - felt like i was there.
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You should've ridiculed the rest of the pack for not going into the ditch with you. Pretend its like, part of the route and be like, "wusses".
heh, that's awesome
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Hey WR that was a great race, I was watching ya'll after my race finished. My teammate Bo said that after the crash the break away group really dropped the hammer, and got a good gap. I guess you didn't know that the John "College" Corion (sp) was in the break as well as the guy who killed it in the 3's yesterday at Wallburg. They had three minutes on you guys by the second to last lap.

Great to race though wasn't it? I had good race finished 8th in a bunch sprint against a bunch of college kids.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
Hey WR that was a great race, I was watching ya'll after my race finished. My teammate Bo said that after the crash the break away group really dropped the hammer, and got a good gap. I guess you didn't know that the John "College" Corion (sp) was in the break as well as the guy who killed it in the 3's yesterday at Wallburg. They had three minutes on you guys by the second to last lap.

Great to race though wasn't it? I had good race finished 8th in a bunch sprint against a bunch of college kids.
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Congratulations! That's a great result. That 4s field was flying.
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
Yeah, I don't know who anyone is

Congratulations! That's a great result. That 4s field was flying.
Nice result for you as well, that was strong field you were in. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you, are you doing Lago Vista?
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Congrats, WR... Sounds like you definitely had more fun than you would've in the 5's.

And next time you go off road like that, make sure you scream "Pavement is for wussy!!!!"



Here in MD we had another weekend of racing cancelled due to bad weather. Grrrrrr....
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You should've ridiculed the rest of the pack for not going into the ditch with you. Pretend its like, part of the route and be like, "wusses".
Now you're talking. This is the same group of lamers who were carrying their bikes out of the parking area.

After racing the classic Hell of North Boulder back in the day -- I've come to realize that all but the snootiest road bikes can ride on some pretty rough stuff
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
Nice result for you as well, that was strong field you were in. Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you, are you doing Lago Vista?
My family commitments are such that I won't be doing any more races until maybe much later in the season. I do plan to hit the Tuesday Nighter regularly though... I would scare the hell out of my wife if it looked like I was becoming a racer again.

Sorry I missed you too. I didn't see anyone with a pitchfork chasing us.
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My family commitments are such that I won't be doing any more races until maybe much later in the season. I do plan to hit the Tuesday Nighter regularly though... I would scare the hell out of my wife if it looked like I was becoming a racer again.

Sorry I missed you too. I didn't see anyone with a pitchfork chasing us.
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Originally Posted by DrPete
Congrats, WR... Sounds like you definitely had more fun than you would've in the 5's.

And next time you go off road like that, make sure you scream "Pavement is for wussy!!!!"



Here in MD we had another weekend of racing cancelled due to bad weather. Grrrrrr....
Oh yeah, I feel so much better about myself having jumped in with both feet and setting a tougher goal. Thanks for the encouragement.

I hope the weather turns for you. If there could have been better weather in Austin today, I don't know what it could possibly have made the difference. It was just perfect.
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Update: I got 17th (the bike throw worked -- 3cm past one last Solar Eclipse guy)

sooo... 5th in the field sprint

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