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Meadowmont Crit - Maybe It's Time to Leave Bike Racing and Take up Competitve Eating

Old 04-29-07, 03:58 PM
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Meadowmont Crit - Maybe It's Time to Leave Bike Racing and Take up Competitve Eating

Uff dah.

So, did I mention I had ACL reconstruction on my left knee on the 8th of February (11 weeks, 3 days ago)? And that I put on ~3-4 kilos, maybe 1.5 of which is muscle...and that's being generous. On to the race though.

This is the hilliest crit course I've ever seen, and it's described as one of the hardest in the state. So, I figure, what better way to gently re-introduce my legs to racing than doing this a day after a tough RR.

I decided to warm up on the rollers with the iPod, as my knees were stiff and I wanted to be able to get a very controlled, gentle warmup. This worked out very well, and I think the rollers are going to be making more trips to the races with me. I don't want to use the trainer because I hate it. Plus it wears out my tires.

The course starts off with a downhill, makes a wide, fast left. Goes to a straight into a headwind. Then a tight, downhill left. Then onto an absolute wall. Something on the order of 12-15% for maybe 75 meters. Then you go down, then up another hill thats not quite the wall the first one is - but it's still a bastage of a hill. Then back to the start/finish.

We started out with one of the bigger CAT-4 fields I've ridden in - 62 riders. The course started out fast and never quit. I was a little saddened to see some teams show up in force that didn't show up to the Tour de Moore yesterday. They had fresh legs...and I had that "not so fresh" feeling. There were some good team tactics being played out, attacks, counters and the whole bit. The race also stayed crash free.

Every time I went up those hills on the back though I cursed ever hurting my knees, and regretted every single bit of junk food that I've put down my gullet in the last 6 months. Every. Single. Time.

Riders were getting dropped left and right. The level of attrition was amazing, I've never seen a CAT-4 race detonate that fast. I stayed in good position, and thought I was set up for a top ten. That wasn't to be though, as the final laps drew near I lost count, and they stopped calling out laps with 3 to go. So on the final lap I thought we still had one to go...and didn't respond to the acceleration at the front. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. I still had a tiny bit of gas in the tank, but thats a learning point

I ended up 22nd/62. 38 riders finished...so we dropped 24 in the course of the race.

Steve was there, and Truckin's team was there, and I'd be interested to see how they ended up.

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Fun facts:
1. Without including zeros my average power for the race was 379 freaking watts...owie.
2. This was and is one of the better run races around. The promoters even let the racers use the showers at the gym next to the course. The fields started close to or on time. The results were posted quickly. Good stuff.
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Old 04-29-07, 04:35 PM
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hills...

Should have gone...
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Old 04-29-07, 05:21 PM
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i tried to go there to watch while i was running errands but got lost. when i looked at google maps afterwards i saw that i was basically there & didn't know it.
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Old 04-29-07, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by 3MTA3
i tried to go there to watch while i was running errands but got lost. when i looked at google maps afterwards i saw that i was basically there & didn't know it.
I think that was probably the community designer's intent. A buncha million+ dollar houses tucked into an anonymous corner.
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I raced Cat 5 at Meadowmont. I had read many times that it was a tough course, but it still defied expectations. Those two hills are killer. The second one, while not tougher than the first in itself, was a killer because it came almost immediatly after the first.

It was my second race and first crit. I was lapped with two to go and therefore pulled. I didn't think I was that far off the lead group, but I was. There were plenty of people behind me that also got pulled, though, so I didn't feel too bad. I wouldn't be surprised if half the field of 50 was pulled. Turns out there was basically one guy (wearing a Zebra skinsuit, no joke) that went off the front immediately and was never caught. I'm not sure anyone even hung with him for more than a lap or two.

I kind of got caught in no mans land with a few other guys. We tried to put something together to stay alive but to no avail. Had a blast, though!
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
I think that was probably the community designer's intent. A buncha million+ dollar houses tucked into an anonymous corner.
i saw the million+ dollar houses, so the community designer's intent didn't work... i just don't know the area that well & didn't write down directions. it was kind of a spur of the moment thing to check it out cuz i was out doing other things. ah well.
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Old 04-29-07, 07:15 PM
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Isn't a nice steep 1st lap climb just a joy when the legs are still cold.
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Chris Coble is a competitive eater from Fremont, CA, and a member of the International Federation of Competitive Eating (home page). Coble is a true multidiscipline athlete. Having learned dedication, teamwork and determination from 14 years spent swimming competitively, he has applied these principles to his competitive eating.

this guy raced for my team for a while before being lured away with promises of carbon race bike bling... The first team meeting I attended was his last. From what I hear he is quite the bad ass on his bike (cat2), and a competitive eater to boot.

heh I found his eating profile
http://www.ifoce.com/eaters.php?action=detail&sn=90

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Crazy

I just used competitive eater because I needed a hobby diametrically opposed to bike racing...and I've used "taking up knitting" as a saying a few times before in times when my results were meh.
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I felt like crap before the race and had a TSB of -35, so I knew I wasn't going to have a stellar race but even so... holy crap that was a fast race for a course like that. 25.5 mph with those hills?!? DAMN.

I lined up right where I wanted to be, I thought I cornered well, I was up near the front the whole time but each time we went up that big hill my legs and throat kept hurting more and more (what's up with that? maybe a cold coming on??) until finally I just pulled off. I kept thinking the pace would settle down but it never did. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the 4s race was faster than the 3s or even the Masters, but I didn't stick around to find out.

I think next year I'm going to commit one way or the other. I either need to focus on crits or stay away from them completely. This year I'm trying to get better at crits while training for the Assault on Mount Mitchell. Fact is, the physiological demands are WAY different between the two. I'm sort of the lukewarm master of none right now and it's pretty frustrating.

Congrats for at least sticking it out to the end. I haven't yet put a face to the name with Truckin yet but I believe someone from his team came in the top 2 or 3 so maybe that was him.

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Old 04-29-07, 09:56 PM
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What was awesome was the unannounced sudden start in the Cat 4 race. Not "Riders Ready.....*Bam!*" ... but "RIDERSREADY*BAM*!"

I wasn't clipped in, and got sent to the back. Like you said, the pace was really fast. And with people getting dropped within the first two laps, the gap kept getting larger and larger. The headwind after the first turn was brutal and I couldn't catch up.

I liked the two hills though, I was looking forward to fighting it out up front.
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Old 04-30-07, 05:32 AM
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Yeah, the race was pretty rough. Probably the second hardest CAT-4 race I've been part of. The ridersready-bam thing is pretty common around here. Not exactly sure why though...
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I absolutely loved it. I treat a race like that just like a cyclocross race. Balls to the wall for 60 minutes only this was only 35 Normally I do the Waynseboro crit this weekend which believe it or not has a bit more climbing in it. Snuff I am glad to hear you say that they stopped the lap count at 3, I thought I was an idiot for not knowing we were on the last lap ( still should have know but?). I was not 100% sure so I did not follow through with my plan. I sat up and rolled over 18th. My one contribution was chasing down the first break. I only had two other teammates but being from Blacksburg we were working with the Hokies to get a win. We almost got one up to the break but he couldn't bridge it. I tried again to chase but was burning out. What a great course. One of our guys got a top 10.
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I was surprised to see you back racing already. Good work.
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
Crazy

I just used competitive eater because I needed a hobby diametrically opposed to bike racing...and I've used "taking up knitting" as a saying a few times before in times when my results were meh.

what's "meh"?
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http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=meh
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Originally Posted by zimbo
I felt like crap before the race and had a TSB of -35, so I knew I wasn't going to have a stellar race but even so... holy crap that was a fast race for a course like that. 25.5 mph with those hills?!? DAMN.

[...]

Congrats for at least sticking it out to the end. I haven't yet put a face to the name with Truckin yet but I believe someone from his team came in the top 2 or 3 so maybe that was him.

--Steve
Snuffle and Zimbo-

Yep, that was me! I had a fantastic day (well, not quite perfect, but pretty good anyway). I started at the back and blew up past the field on the long flat stretch to drop into third wheel before the second turn. From there, I stayed between second and fourth wheel basically the whole race- never doing much work, but always up at the front to react to anything that happened.

You can blame the fast pace on the guy who attacked right off the bat, and on the App State guys who alternated fast pulls at the front while I relaxed and sat on their wheels. I went out a week or two ago to do some practice laps on the course, and I was extremely pleased to find yesterday that I had gone harder in all my practice laps than I ever had to go in the race- I actually had to take it fairly easy up them to avoid going around the guys in front of me since I didn't want to end up in the wind at all.

Fast-forward to four laps to go. Suzie (race announcer) calls a prime. It's for Margaret's Cantina, so I decide I want it. I move up to second wheel going into the hills and hit the gas on the second hill to clear the guy ahead of me. Got the prime and looked back to find that I had gapped the field and only one of the App State guys had come with me.

I asked him if he was up for it, and he said yes, so we took off in the hopes of holding the field off for the last three laps. One of the UNC riders, Quentin, bridged up to us, so then there were three. We worked together well all the way into the last lap. Quentin pulled through the long flat stretch, and then I went by him on the hills in the hopes of getting away from both him and App State. Unfortunately for me, App State had just enough legs to hold my wheel through there, so he was still in my draft when we came around the final turn.

He came around me in the finishing stretch, so he ended up with the win. I got second, and Quentin finished third. One of FSC's juniors, Naveen, won the field sprint to come in fourth.

It was a great day, and the TriCyclists put on a really good event. I'll be back for it next year for sure.
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Originally Posted by truckin
Yep, that was me!
Nice job! How many points do you need to upgrade to a 3?

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[QUOTE=truckin] One of FSC's juniors, Naveen, won the field sprint to come in fourth.
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This kid is really strong. Is he still running non-junior gears? last race I raced against him he got DQ for failing a roll-out.
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Originally Posted by zimbo
Nice job! How many points do you need to upgrade to a 3?

--Steve
20 points in 12 months. I'm at 21 as of yesterday. I'd like to upgrade to 3 before the Soto Memorial Stage Race in Tennessee over Memorial Day weekend.

Once I upgrade I'll have managed my goal for the season and will start thinking about where to go from there.
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Originally Posted by recneps
This kid is really strong. Is he still running non-junior gears? last race I raced against him he got DQ for failing a roll-out.
Naveen? He's pretty good about running junior gears in races, but a lot of the time he'll ride with us with a damn 11-21 on. He's a masher extraordinaire; I'm a really high cadence spinner, so we both rag on the other about riding styles.
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20 points in 12 months. I'm at 21 as of yesterday. I'd like to upgrade to 3 before the Soto Memorial Stage Race in Tennessee over Memorial Day weekend.

Once I upgrade I'll have managed my goal for the season and will start thinking about where to go from there.
Wow, IIRC isn't this your first year racing? Good job.
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Snuff-

Thanks! Yes, it is my first year racing. I've been getting stronger over the past couple of years just riding a fair amount, but really ramped it up over the winter when I started racing 'cross and then road. I had some good results in the first few races I did and got an early upgrade to 4, and now should be able to move to 3 in short order. Hopefully from there I can get some good results and try to figure out whether I should continue to try to upgrade fast or stay as a 3 for a while to get more racing knowledge, etc. before trying to move up more.

[EDIT] I'm thinking the above paragraph comes across pretty arrogant, but I didn't mean it that way. I've just had a really good year so far and am enjoying the heck out of it.

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I raced the 5's. I thought overall it was a pretty fun race. I liked watching the big guys who usually hammer away on the flat crits struggle up the climbs. Ended up getting around top 20.
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Random-ish aside... The race promoters claim that they didn't find my trainer (which was sitting RIGHT on the race course) after the race. Did ANYONE see a Tacx Satori trainer sitting on the right hand side about 100 meters before the finish line??? Thanks!
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