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Race Report - Commercial Point, Ohio

Old 03-03-07, 06:17 PM
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Race Report - Commercial Point, Ohio

Today started off decent. I left the house and it was about 45 degrees. I started driving and the temperature kept dropping. By the time I got to Commercial Point the temperature had dropped to 32 degrees. I went through a couple of nasty snow storms, at one point a road had about an inch of snow on it. Then when I was about three miles from the start the road was closed, it had a couple of feet of water over it. I should have took some of this as a sign. Unfortunately I didnít.

I made it there, registered, changed, all that good stuff. The start finally came. They reduced our race down to four laps, total of 24 miles. That sounded good to me, I need an easy race.

Well the race started, I believe it was underway a full 100 yards before the first attack. At the beginning I felt pretty good. I even helped bridge a gap to the first chase group once. Next thing I knew there was another attack, then another attack, any guesses what came next? You guessed itÖÖ.another attack!

I went as hard as I could, eventually I fell off the back. Iím pretty sure it was the second lap. At least I wasnít the first to fall off the back though. I fought back to the group three times. Each time I was able to recover a full 5 or 10 seconds, then another attack. Finally I came to the realization that if I wanted to race tomorrow I had to throw in the towel. I kept going though, I never quit. I just reduced it to about 90% effort.

I ended up teaming up with a couple of the 3/4 guys and a master. I was in the 4/5 race. I did get to do about 90% of the pulling though. Also got to bs with the others a few minutes. That was nice.

By the time I finished I believe I got a top ten, Iím not going to swear to it though. Iíll find out later this week when the results are posted. The score keeper said he wasnít sure since the 3/4ís and the 4/5ís all crossed together. Iím not sure exactly how many of the 4/5ís were still together but I donít believe there were many of them.

Overall, I was dissapointed to be dropped, since it was the first time itís happened to me. I was happy to get a good work out in though. Gotta look at the positives.

There was one crash. A pickup truck backed out onto the road and a woman hit it. She got a ride in an ambulance back to her car. Amazingly she was able to ride home. Way to go Jamie!

Also, congratulations to fly:yes/land:no. I'm not sure how he did but I know he did better than me. BTW, nice meeting you. Congratulations to all of the other racers.

Now Iíll get back to setting here in the hotel burning up. Unfortunately I have the heat turned all the way up trying to dry out my clothes. I had some great pizza, now all I can do is relax until tomorrow morning when I get ready for tomorrowís race. Hopefully it goes better.
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It's OK, sounds like a tough and agressive race.
You'll do better tomorrow
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Not sure tomorrow will be much better Bruce. :/
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Dropped and still a top 10? Yeesh! Sounds rough. How many people were in the field?
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There were less than 20 us (I think). I didn't think there were that many but ended up being more than I expected once we got started. Not many came out due to the poor weather. I'm not sure if I even got a top ten, that's just a guess. I just know it hurt!!!

cslone - I hope I feel better tomorrow then.
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I'm sure you'll be fine. Everyone has just been itching to race though, so I'm sure someone will blow up the field.

My prediction is that I'll be lucky to finish. I am working today, so I will have had no sleep. Oh well, it's only 50 miles........right?
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I'm stuck in a hotel watching bad tv. Hopefully I get some sleep tonight. As for the "only 50 mile". I would agree if my legs weren't already hurting.
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Thanks for the report. Way to keep fighting -- you'll be stronger for it. Not much you can do when everyone is attacking like crazy -- conservative might have you off the back anyway.
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Good luck tomorrow Bruce. I won't be there because tomorrow is my wife's birthday, but some of my teammates will be there. Hope your race goes better, but man, the weather is not looking good.
I'll see you next weekend.
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Hey all, its me Jamie. What a way to end the day. This was the first time I was in a mass start like that. I was dropped very quickly, got cold setting on the start line and could not warm up at all when the race took off, caught me off guard and could not pick up a draft at all. So I just kept on gringing it out, had leg cramps at one time and rode through it. MY LAST lap I was picking up speed finally and was riding just over a slow pace of 20. I was in the center of the lane and seen something red infront of me! I had just enough time to veer to the left to avoid hitting the pick up head on. I wasnt knocked out but I dont remember hitting the asphault. Man that hurt!!

Once I found out my leg was not snapped the first thing I wanted to do was get up. After refussing the trip to the hospital in the ambulance they took me to the school. I did go to the ER at Doctors West after first taking my bike to the shop. Yep. Take care of my bike first. The fork did take a hit, not good for carbon, Front Derailer is trash, teeth missing of the big ring, handle bar bent, they are going to take their time working on it.

I was released from the hospital at 9;45 with -- a calf that is as big as my thigh( not broken or fractured,) A gouge in my hip with a massive bruse, brused ribs and sternum (so it realy hurts to cough),
elbow that scratched up, bruised and swollen. New up dated tetnus shot. An order to see a therapist in the morning about the leg and an order to be off my feet. They seen my leg and could not believe that it was not broken and that I walked in. They kept asking me if I wanted pain meds, nope, didnt want them.

I will be back as soon as I can, well, gotta have a bike first.

Happy to still be BREATHING......

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I was suprised to see them letting you out of the ambulance. I'm glad to hear that you are okay. Did you get the truck driver's information? It would be nice if his insurance would pay your bike repair bills.
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Originally Posted by lonewolf
I was in the center of the lane and seen something red infront of me! I had just enough time to veer to the left to avoid hitting the pick up head on. I wasnt knocked out but I dont remember hitting the asphalt. Man that hurt!!
What!!??

A pickup was in your lane going in the opposite direction!!??

Glad to hear that you're still alive. Heal quickly.
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Hi LowCel,

The most important thing is that you finished. Good luck tomorrow.
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What!!??

A pickup was in your lane going in the opposite direction!!??

Glad to hear that you're still alive. Heal quickly.
He backed out from behind a pine tree or hedge, never seen him untill it was too late. If I had been in a car he probably still would have been hit.

I noticed this morning that I'm quite stiff. Noticed this bruise on my chin( did'nt feel it last night) and a helmet strap burn on the side of my face.

Thanks to all who stoped and had encouraging words as they rode by. Thanks to the promoter for picking up my bike for me.

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was thinking about you this morning, so if you check in here before your race, Go and get them!!!
we'll be looking for your race report later on today!
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Thanks, still setting here in the hotel. Just got back from having breakfast over at bob evans. I managed to eat half an order of pancakes. Hopefully that will be enough to get me through the race.
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I just checked the OVR website, and it looks like they're cancelling due to the 1" snowfall.

Wimps ... and here I was set to race on my 'cross bike.
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You're kidding me!?!??! I wasted money on a hotel for nothing then.
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Yep, just getting on here to try and catch you. It's cancelled.

I'm 15 miles north and we didn't have one bit of accumulation.
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I'm at a hotel about ten miles away. We had about an inch on my truck but it didn't stick to the roads. Oh well, nothing I can do about it. Guess I'll get in the truck, drive 200 miles and maybe go for a ride when I get home.
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Talked to one of our girls that lives basically on the race course. She says that they put down salt, which turned into slush and it's muddy. She is an experienced racer and says it is very iffy, so for safety, they cancelled it.
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Originally Posted by LowCel
I'm at a hotel about ten miles away. We had about an inch on my truck but it didn't stick to the roads. Oh well, nothing I can do about it. Guess I'll get in the truck, drive 200 miles and maybe go for a ride when I get home.
awwwww. that's terrible!
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Originally Posted by cslone
Yep, just getting on here to try and catch you. It's cancelled.

I'm 15 miles north and we didn't have one bit of accumulation.



I wish I knew about this before I drove down there this morning. The course was crap, one road was closed due to high water (which was now mud).

This course would have sucked on a dry summer day as the roads were crap.

See you all at Reily next week.
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so, some of us folks are less techno-savy and had to drive to the course to discover that the race was cancelled. fortunately, a lot of us (10 or so) from anthem and other assorted teams got together to get a ride in. one of the guys did some tri training around the area and knew the roads, so we did about an hour and half ride which included a few minor climbs (big chain ring) and at least 4 attacking dogs. when we got back to the cars, about 7 of us went out to try the course to see how bad it was. most of it was fine except for the part by the river. the road was closed to traffic, apparently due to high water. when we got there, there wasn't any standing water, but it was still nasty. i would say about half a mile was covered in slick mud and branches that had washed over the road while the water was up. definately would have been mayhem for a race. i'll try to post some pics of my bike post-ride to give you an idea as soon as i figure out how to work my camera. we got in about 1:50 of riding, so not too bad. wish there would have been a race though.
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ok, here is what you folks missed on the course sunday. trust me, the pictures don't do it justice. also, one of my friends cracked his frame while riding the course (completely incidental, but proving that the course itself had bad karma.)



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