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Old 04-28-07, 12:37 PM
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First Race Report

I finally popped my bike racing cherry today in Monroe Falls, OH. After a long 2006 of kicking the **** and not getting proactive, I finally joined a team this year and I'm racing for good.
- My day started off BAD. I was getting my bike ready and I asked my dad to fill the rear tire, when I heard it,somehow the newer innertube got fractured 20 minutes before the start, so we got that changed in a hurry, then we blocked off my 12 and 13 tooth cogs in accordance with the Junior gearing rule (52-14). I went out to get a quick warmup, when my inner tube goes again. I rush it back to the car, and we just throw on a new [Bontrager X Lite] wheel with a Junior cassette, we reset the derailleur to take 10 speeds, and I just make it to the start, not warmed up.

When the race started, I noticed immediately that I should have warmed up properly and not just running in my Sidi's, but what could I do? I got started with the Cat 1/2/3's and the 4/5's, the 1/2/3's all jumped ahead and opened up a sizeable gap after two laps. We stuck with the 4/5's for a good while, maybe until 3 laps to go (out of 8, 10.2 miles total), and we finally caught up with them on the bell lap. The women only caught up with us halfway through our slow lap.

In the end, I finished 3rd in the Junior group, behind another rider of my team and a pretty big kid on Team October Lake Effect, who won.
The reason that we didn't take the race is because we didn't set up a race strategy, that's it, plain and simple. When we started dropping back a little, I was left out in front of my group by default, a place where I definetely didn't want to be. I slowed down numerous times to let the group pass me and split the wind, there were even parts when I slowed to 16mph and they still wouldn't pass me, so I was stuck in the lead, and I was going to have to suffer. I tried to break the Lake Effect kid numerous times, but he wouldn't let go of my wheel.
Then it struck me; almost like my calves were connected to a certain sound to cramp to, they cramped up very badly as soon as the bell rang. I had no control of my feet, and was pedalling with my toes pointed downwards until I went from the 44 tooth to the 52, even after then (and still right now 4 hours later) my calves were weakened, maybe due to wearing myself out, maybe the cold, maybe no warmup; maybe even a combination.
All I knew is that I had to give everyone else a run for their money, even if it meant that I'd be confined to my bed for the weekend.

As we crossed over the hill going to the finish line, I was getting ready for the big sprint, knowing that I was more tired than the other wheelsuckers, when the two guys just sprinted off, so I followed suit. I didn't think they'd sprint that early, but I had to follow. I put in all my power into the pedals, feeling every bit of slack in this mutt or a rear wheel, and I still came in thrid.



After the finish we exchanged congratulations, I told the winner that this was my first race and he seemed a little worried. about 3/4 through our slow lap, he pulled over, and I think he threw up, so I must've done a good job. Overall, if I had my Fulcrum rear wheel, a strategy and maybe some leg warmers, I would've raped and pillaiged.

Maybe next week.


::EDIT:: Pictures will probably be up tonight. For how much my dad spent on his camera, he still doesn't take an in-focus picture.
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Old 04-28-07, 12:56 PM
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Good Job!
I'm a junior too and I haven't done a crit yet (may 6th)
Im just wondering what were your avg and max speeds?
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Old 04-28-07, 05:50 PM
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Well, because of the pre-race difficulties I had, I didn't get to reset my computer, so I was still adding miles to a metric century I did on Thursday, and therefore my average was skewed, too.

But I was averaging 23-28mph heading the pack, and I reached 31-32mph in some flat spots. The race was 1/2 flat, 1/2 hill. The hill was about 4% and it was constant for a little bit more than a half mile, we were doing 22mph up that.

Since this is your first race, you'll be very surprised at how fast you can go with no one to split the wind for you, I know I was. Also, make sure to do lots of stretches and a warmup!
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Old 04-28-07, 08:33 PM
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Hey! i raced at Munroe Falls last weekend. i will be there next weekend. I could not race today because of a family obligation but I plan to race tomorrow in Bath, Ohio.

Racing at Munroe falls is fun but hard. There are a couple good teams that call that race their own and it is a battle ground for them. It can also be a dangerous course if it is wet...like I imagine it was this morning. I know that in the past they have had some nasty wrecks.

Sounds like you did great. Congrats!
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Old 04-28-07, 09:23 PM
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I did a RR last weekend and got 2nd in the 14-19 age group. It wasnt a uscf race But there was everything from cat 1 & 2's to a crazy old guy wearing a t shirt and jogging shorts riding a mid 60's schwinn
Im just trying to compare speeds in the first half hour of that race to a crit and since youre a junior its a little easier. Did you do a cat 4/5 race or a juniors 15-18 race?

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Old 04-28-07, 10:19 PM
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Replace your rim tape and check for thorns. I'll bet my left...

Well anyway do the above and you'll be in flat-free bliss.
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Old 04-29-07, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
Replace your rim tape and check for thorns. I'll bet my left...

Well anyway do the above and you'll be in flat-free bliss.
I found out on my recovery ride that day (after I switched tubes) that I only had a punctured tube once, the first time. The second time, my coach and I forgot to put the o-ring back onto the valve before we put the extender on it. So I lost that o-ring.

Next week we're going to pillage and plunder the Junior race, we have to. I've been thinking some strategies up since I got off of the bike yesterday.

Also, I've got some pictures, I couldn't get them zoomed in and saved, but you get the picture. I'm in the blue/black/white jersey on the red Cannondale. Just take them into photoshop and zoom. I'm going to do some pictures for the team site tomorrow, I might put them up here.
Unsuprisingly, I was the only Junior who shaves, face or legs.


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Nice race report. Keep us posted - I bet we'll see a winning race report before too long.
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This Saturday I'm going to win. I was embarassed with my performance two days ago, I'm in it to win it.
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Who's the kid with the carbon soloist?

A junior on a soloist... my god. What I wouldn't give for a rich daddy.

Nice report, I'm sure you'll win soon. If people won't pull through, just keep going slower. Come to a freakin stop if you have to. You had 2 teammates, what the hell were they doing the whole time?
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Originally Posted by ZeCanon
Who's the kid with the carbon soloist?

A junior on a soloist... my god. What I wouldn't give for a rich daddy.

Nice report, I'm sure you'll win soon. If people won't pull through, just keep going slower. Come to a freakin stop if you have to. You had 2 teammates, what the hell were they doing the whole time?
The Junior on the aluminum Soloist was the winner, and my teammate was on the carbon, I wouldn't mind that bike, I could probably do more with it, too! Actually, he was drafting, too.
I wasn't thinking very well on the bike that day. I should have either actued like I had a flat and quietly drafted and sprinting the finish, or sprint to break the draft.
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Nice ride! What was the race route...kinda looks like Water Works in the pics.
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It was right on a lake in Monroe Falls. I think there was some water works type deal there, but I didn't really pay attention, I was there to race.
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