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First Collegiate C Race Report

Old 02-25-07, 04:47 PM
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First Collegiate C Race Report

This weekend was the kickoff for the SECC Collegiate races, and our race was at University of Florida. Saturday was the 10mi ITT, and it went much better than I had expected. I'd made a post here about three weeks ago about time trialling, and the responses made it look like I was not ready to be competitive. However, I managed to beat all 75 or so entrants and win the C category with a 23:38 time. This was my very first ITT. The crit today also went pretty well. I pulled for just about the entire race, but I did this so that I could manipulate the group to where all of my team mates would be able to get to the front. This tactic worked, and one team mate got a close 2nd and another got 10th. I got 12th.

Since this was USF's first collegiate cycling event in like 12 years, I think we did very well. Our team of ten are all C's, because we're all new to road racing. We had 4 riders finish top ten in ITT, and 3 in the top fifteen for the crit which makes us the leader of the Time Trial points and a very close 2nd for Crit points (we're being beaten by 1 point). I'll post some pics when I get them.
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Old 02-25-07, 05:01 PM
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10 miles in 23 minutes is not bad at all. Congrats, Ive opted out of all early season collegiate races in the ACCC simply because theyre all north of here and all going to be cold.
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Old 02-25-07, 05:20 PM
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25mph average isn't shabby at all over 10 miles, especially if you're just running a standard road bike setup.
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Old 02-25-07, 06:19 PM
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the only "aero" thing I had was my new aero bars. They really do make all the difference. I wonder what my time would have been had I had CF wheels and a TT helmet.
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Old 02-25-07, 07:44 PM
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Here's a pic of my finish:

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Old 02-25-07, 09:08 PM
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Originally Posted by recneps
10 miles in 23 minutes is not bad at all. Congrats, Ive opted out of all early season collegiate races in the ACCC simply because theyre all north of here and all going to be cold.
William & Mary this weekend was disgustingly cold. ~35F, windy, steady sleet and rain. when I finished i was numb from the knees and elbows outward. (There was actually a rider taken off by the EMTs...hypothermia it seems)
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Old 02-25-07, 09:14 PM
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just think how much faster you could have gone without an air scoop on your back
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Old 02-25-07, 09:14 PM
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No offense, but your position is so high up, it may have been more aerodynamic just to have tucked into the bars and gotten low. Then again, you aren't asking for fitting advice, so congratulations on winning your first TT!
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Congrats! Just keep training, racing, and learning.
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William and Mary was freezing! Brrr. Still, it was a good first race
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Considering TT bars on a road bike (which really doesn't position your body very well), that is a GREAT time. Nice work!

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Old 02-26-07, 05:01 AM
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Thanks everyone, the reason why I'm up so high is because a large drop will hurt my back due to an injury I got from highschool lacrosse. It's no big deal.
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i was in that race too. if you remember, i was the UF guy that tried to get away on the final stretch of the crit and ended up 4th on the line. good job in the TT. if you noticed, that time would have put you in second or third of the b's too. i got 4th in the tt at 24:05.

i was a little worried when i saw 50 guys lined up at the start. but i was surprised at how well mannered everyone one was. nothing too sketchy and no crashes. i did all i could to stay on the edges of the pack though.

good luck with the rest of the season, ill probably be too busy to spare a weekend and get out to the other seccc races. if you like time trailing try to make the GT race. if they do the same course as last year its much hillier than the uf one. but i think it has more places to make time if you go hard up the hills and stay tucked in and recover on the downhills.
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Old 02-26-07, 10:25 PM
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Yeah, our race went very well, much better than the Cat5 looked. I started dry heaving in the pack sprint which made me loose all those spots, but I did get a hell of a workout from all the pulling I did. I got something for you:

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it was great to see so many participants in the c's race.
last year the field was very sparse...
i'm thinking this is a good trend.
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Old 02-27-07, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by wrote4luck
Yeah, our race went very well, much better than the Cat5 looked. I started dry heaving in the pack sprint which made me loose all those spots, but I did get a hell of a workout from all the pulling I did. I got something for you:

No surprise the sprinter in the drops beat the sprinters on their hoods. It hurts me to see that stuff.

Nice shot though -- looks like fun
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Old 02-27-07, 06:57 AM
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Good job on Saturday, and good job to your team for their race on Sunday! It sure was windy that morning.
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I coach an ECCC team and your time would have done well in our races too. You should probably considering moving up to B sooner than later. It will push you to new highs and give the Cs a rest from getting their heads beaten in.
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I've thought about moving up, but that ITT was only my second race ever. This is also our team's first year, and all of us are newbies. If I do as well in the next three races, I'll move up.
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Old 02-27-07, 09:13 AM
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didn't you used to do triathlons? Probably helps for the ITTs
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
No surprise the sprinter in the drops beat the sprinters on their hoods. It hurts me to see that stuff.

Nice shot though -- looks like fun

yeah, in retrospect i could have done a few things better. waiting a few more seconds to go off the front and then swinging to the far side of the road the keep the pack off my wheel could have changed the outcome. but all i could think was "PEDAL PEDAL PEDAL". LOL completely flaked out about staying in the drops till the line.

oh and thanks for the picture wrote4luck
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Originally Posted by roadgator
yeah, in retrospect i could have done a few things better. waiting a few more seconds to go off the front and then swinging to the far side of the road the keep the pack off my wheel could have changed the outcome. but all i could think was "PEDAL PEDAL PEDAL". LOL completely flaked out about staying in the drops till the line.

oh and thanks for the picture wrote4luck
Yep, you just need to do sprint drills, just like fielding grounders all day in baseball practice. Make it a habit.
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