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Old 04-28-07, 06:31 PM
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Race Report: From a BF cheerleader's perspective...

Spectacular Cycling Saturday....

Sunny and 70's with blue sky.

--A ride to a race where I watch some BF brothers crank on it...

--An enjoyable 32 mile sun-soaking ride (yes, there is a bit of a cyclist tan forming already!)

--A cruise along the lakefront in the classic '66 Mustang to my favorite bike shop

--Dinner at an East Side outdoor cafe

....life's good gentlemen....and now about the crit at Whitnall park.

I was there to meet member recursive (or as I call him, the Cypress of the Midwest) because the dude can haul I tell ya.

I found him at the start line after tooling around the track a bit, acting like I was one of the cool racers...just don't look at the fact that I don't have a number pinned on me!

There he is to the left in the white helmet with his team.



While watching him crank out lap after lap right in the top 1/4 of the peloton in the middle of the road, I was found out by a photographer there with a really nice camera. He recognized my voice and knew me from my radio show. We talked all things cycling while watching these guys race.

From what I could tell, things were going well for recursive, seeming to be in a place where he could actually make a run at this thing in a sprint finish.



But alas he wasn't at the front when THIS guy came in screaming at the top of his lungs because he was so excited he won the Cat 4/5 race.



Turns out he dropped a chain on the bell lap.
Cycling can be a cruel sport man. He worked his butt off for the while race and was there and ready to take his shot, then BAM, chain drops on a hard shift and that's that.

Afterward we talked a bit, and it was then that I learned that another BF'er, Cromulent, whom I had cheered on last season at the Superweek race there, was also entered. But I never knew he was in the race until it was over.

Anyway, here they are....recursive and cromulent....doing BF proud at the local race scene in Milwaukee!



Sooooo tempting to me. I wanna be in there mixing it up so badly, but I know it's a bit dangerous for me with my hip, and I know that I think the officials would be pulling me off after about 3-4 laps as well!

Still, I'm glad to be there to show support for my brothers in BF. Nice job guys.
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Old 04-28-07, 06:38 PM
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Way to go guys!

recursive, how is it riding w/o a spleen? Can you claim X grams of weight savings now in true weight weenie style?

Cromulent, that ride was pitchy in spots, dawg.

Great pics and report, Hip.
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Nice report and good pics...
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Great report, but whats up with that one dude's elbows?
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Good work fellas! Thanks for the report Hip.
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler


Is the guy at the right saddle to high? His foot is pointed way down.
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Old 04-28-07, 09:25 PM
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You guys (hip/recursive/cromulent) doing the Wheel&Sprocket Crit on the 6th?
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Originally Posted by CyLowe97
Way to go guys!

recursive, how is it riding w/o a spleen? Can you claim X grams of weight savings now in true weight weenie style?

Cromulent, that ride was pitchy in spots, dawg.

Great pics and report, Hip.

Like 200 grams. Offsets the extra weight of a Powertap SL hub.

Mechanical failures are frustrating. Bah.
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Originally Posted by Frunkin
You guys (hip/recursive/cromulent) doing the Wheel&Sprocket Crit on the 6th?
I'll probably be there.
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Yea its the only race that isnt an hour and a half from my house
I have to decide if I want to do the cat 4/5 and the junior race, or just the junior
Im not sure about two races that start an hour and 15 mins apart, especially for my first crit
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Old 04-29-07, 08:58 AM
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LInk here on this '6' race you speak of please?
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Old 04-29-07, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
LInk here on this '6' race you speak of please?
http://www.wicycling.org/WisconsinCup/roadSchedule.htm
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i so need a Crank Daddy's jersey. very cool. later.
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I need an Endeavour kit myself.....recursive....how about making me an "HONORARY" member of the team so I can get one! You know...like when they hand out honorary degrees to famous people who never actually went to the college....yeah...that's the ticket!
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
I need an Endeavour kit myself.....recursive....how about making me an "HONORARY" member of the team so I can get one! You know...like when they hand out honorary degrees to famous people who never actually went to the college....yeah...that's the ticket!
A little mention here and there on the mighty WTMJ has got to be worth a ~$70 jersey, right? Right??
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Old 04-29-07, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
I need an Endeavour kit myself.....recursive....how about making me an "HONORARY" member of the team so I can get one! You know...like when they hand out honorary degrees to famous people who never actually went to the college....yeah...that's the ticket!
I suppose I could lend you a size M as long as you don't do anything to reflect poorly on the sponsors.
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It was good to see you out there, Hip. I didn't know if I was going to be racing or not until basically the last minute. Thanks for the pictures. And yes, recursive is The Cypress of the Midwest. Dude is strong. Me? Not so much. I am more like the R600DA of the Midwest.

Fun course, though. One nice hill and and an uphill sprint. Finished mid-pack somewhere. Not great, but I had fun. I need to work on not being pack-fodder.
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It was good to see you out there, Hip. I didn't know if I was going to be racing or not until basically the last minute. Thanks for the pictures. And yes, recursive is The Cypress of the Midwest. Dude is strong. Me? Not so much. I am more like the R600DA of the Midwest.

Fun course, though. One nice hill and and an uphill sprint. Finished mid-pack somewhere. Not great, but I had fun. I need to work on not being pack-fodder.
I'm a little uneasy with the cypress comparisons. I mean, with the cypress 40mph headwind sprint, I would be dominating the 4/5 fields. But such is not the case. Maybe it would help if my chain stayed on the bike.
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I'm a little uneasy with the cypress comparisons. I mean, with the cypress 40mph headwind sprint, I would be dominating the 4/5 fields. But such is not the case. Maybe it would help if my chain stayed on the bike.
Exactly!

The mechanical ruined it for you.

Let Big Sky country have their thighs of Cypress....I say we have the power of his clear-tape handlebars recursive.

Hmmmm...come to think of it, Cypress musn't visit this area of BF much or he would have chimed in here by now huh?
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Hip nice race report and pics. Will you be at Baraboo and Neehah next weekend for another race report?

So recursive (you being a 4) how was it racing along with the cat 5's. Clean race... Any crashes?
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So recursive (you being a 4) how was it racing along with the cat 5's. Clean race... Any crashes?
All the 5s (I am one of them) clipped in and immediately fell over, leaving the 4s to race in unsullied bliss. I managed to get up, but then spent most of the race riding repeatedly into a tree.
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Hip nice race report and pics. Will you be at Baraboo and Neehah next weekend for another race report?

So recursive (you being a 4) how was it racing along with the cat 5's. Clean race... Any crashes?
There's a certain share of sketchy riding, but I'm not convinced the 4s are much better than the 5s. For example, during this race, I ended up leaning on some guy pretty forcefully as we were squeezed together. Bumping shoulders and elbows is not unusual at all, but that's not a sign of sketchiness IMO, that's just racing, but this guy and I were solidly leaning against each other.

I have been in one crash in a race. Superweek. A guy about half a wheel in front of me started his turn from the far outside, and swooped his way all the way to the inside, where I was, and took out my front wheel. There was easily more than enough room for us both to get through the corner, but I think he just wasn't paying attention. I ended up with a destroyed wheel.

Between Baraboo and Neenah, I will be at least at one of them. I hope to make it to both. Will you be there?
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Originally Posted by Cromulent
All the 5s (I am one of them) clipped in and immediately fell over, leaving the 4s to race in unsullied bliss. I managed to get up, but then spent most of the race riding repeatedly into a tree.
I think you can upgrade to a 4 if you can manage to hit the same tree 3 times in a row. Usually, 5s have trouble even doing it twice. Send an email to Heidi.
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Originally Posted by Cromulent
All the 5s (I am one of them) clipped in and immediately fell over, leaving the 4s to race in unsullied bliss. I managed to get up, but then spent most of the race riding repeatedly into a tree.
...ah, excuse me...you DO know that us "Cat 6's" were up in that tree trying to take pictures of you guys, right?



...and alas, no, I will not be at any weekend races for a while now. The call of springtime work is a loud one when you have two homes to care for. Last Saturday was my cycling fix for a while.
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I will try to make one of them. I did'nt race last weekend so I need (want) to do one of the races this weekend. Baraboo seems interesting but Neenah is a shorter drive for me. My daughter may have a track meet this Saturday so I have to check the calendar.
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