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Daytonian's race report - the great, the bad, the ugly

Old 04-29-07, 06:34 PM
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Daytonian's race report - the great, the bad, the ugly

Top of Ohio road race West Liberty, Ohio. Cat 5s do 4 laps at 30 miles. My Cat 5 career to this point has been slow due mostly to time constraints last year, and doing Time Trials were no points are recognized for Cat upgrades. This is one of my last as a Cat 5. Last week I flatted at mile 30 of 40 at Vandervorts Corner RR in Southern Ohio. Race over, DNF.

Yesterday my riding partner and I get in 50 fairly hilly miles. Afterward he says I should race West Liberty. I said probably not due to housework.

After shopping at 7:30 this morning, lawn mowing at 8:30, I ask the wife for race clearance. Five minutes of negotiations later, Im racing. All my good kit is dirty so I end up wearing a forest green spandex Starter shirt topped off with old weathered Cannondale shorts. I looked like a F'in tool, but ya know what, my cranks dont care what Im wearing as long as the power hits the pavement. Fredosity meet Daytonian.

The course; first third is 5 hills followed by descent, 2nd is long rollers, a hill and a turn, last third is descent, hill, descent, hill, long descent, huge finishing hill, 500 yards to finish line. Repeat 4 times.
First lap. The usual suspects jockeying and chest puffing Cat 5 krap. Hills offer ample pack cleansing, and after final climb I find myself in a break with another unattached and 2 guys well call teammate 1 and 2.

Second lap at first of 5 climbs teammate 1 gets stuck in bigring (more on that later) almost stops at base of climb, Im behind him, and his teammate jets off. Before I can get clear his teammate has 25 yards on me, I try and bridge, but after 5 climbs I sit up and rejoin other 2. Teamate 1 does no work (big surprise) so the unattached guy drags us around remainder of lap 2. During final climb I suspect these 2 may not have the go go juice for the entire trip and start evacuation plans. Since teammate 1 wont work and unattached is wearing himself out I sit in back and wait

Third lap teammate 1 does the bigring thing again at the base of first climb (WTF?), I go around this time and bury it. At the top of fist hill 25 yard gap, after 4 more climbs I have 150 yards. I bury it and try and catch teammate 2. The remainder of lap 3 he lets me get to 50 yards but then jets off.

Lap 4 I bury it on first 5 hills and on back of course get to within 25 yards on 6th climb. I notice hes looking back alot. I stay in the drops and kill myself on flats to catch this dude. On descent before 2nd to last climb Im within 25 yards, he hits the hill and 20 feet up I have his wheel. I go around and kill it. At top of hill is a hard right, I look down and he is 25 yards back. I bury it on final descent to finishing climb. I fiqure he will pack up with other 2 and chase me down. I decide all remaining matches get lit on the climb. No sprint for me. Huge headwinds kill and demoralize my descent and at start of last hill my legs scream in protest. I watch in horror as my speed plummets, 9mph, 8, 7, F**k Im blowing up. I stand but almost fall over, and quickly sit down. I see a cop car way up on top holding traffic for us. F**k please make the pain stop. I focus on the cop car. My speed levels at 5 mph, I finally crest the top in lactic anerobia oblivion, turn right and 500 yards away sits the finish. I find the bigring and kill it, look back twice just to check, and raise my arms across the finish.

Four things I learned after my first win.
1. Racers do stupid $hit, make sure and let them continue to do so until time is right.
2. The body can handle more pain than you can deliver it.
3. Never settle on second place and sit up because to bridge is too far.
4. Winning a bike race whatever Cat you are feels really F'in good. Definitely try it sometime.

edit: My Cat 5 winnings: A 4.5 pound tub o' Cytomax.

Thanks for reading

Daytonian

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Old 04-29-07, 06:39 PM
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Congratulations. Sounds a lot better than housework.
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Old 04-29-07, 06:41 PM
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yay!
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Old 04-29-07, 06:42 PM
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Dude, that is f,ing awsome report... !
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Old 04-29-07, 06:47 PM
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omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
who's looks like a f'rggen tool now?

B. that's awesome, congrats!
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
who's looks like a f'rggen tool now?

B. that's awesome, congrats!
Thanks BDG.
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Old 04-29-07, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by daytonian
Thanks BDG.
So proud
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Good Job!!! That report almost makes me want to go racing, almost.

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Congrats, daytonian! I bet that'll be some of the sweetest-tasting cytomax ever.

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Good Job!!! That report almost makes me want to go racing, almost.

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Where is West Liberty at? Is it a weekly series? Is the Junior turnout very good?
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Old 04-29-07, 07:02 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
Where is West Liberty at? Is it a weekly series? Is the Junior turnout very good?
Northeast of Xenia, and east of Urbana. Actually the race started at Ohio Caverns, hence the hills. Its the Spring road race series put on by TeamColubus. I think 6 or 8 races?
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Originally Posted by daytonian
Fredosity meet Daytonian.
Do you know how much I want to have your baby right now?

Congrats dude, nice ride.
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Originally Posted by chipcom
Do you know how much I want to have your baby right now?

Congrats dude, nice ride.
Thanks Chip
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Congrats on the win & enjoy your Cytomax, but FYI: straight from the USCF rulebook
1F. Prizes and payments
1F5. Maximum prizes
(a) ....and races exclusively for category 5 men, no prizes (including primes) of commercial value may be awarded----only such things as trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates of participation.
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Hmmm, if it's still going on in June I could possibly swing down there after my Major Taylor races in Indy.
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Originally Posted by vpiuva
Congrats on the win & enjoy your Cytomax, but FYI: straight from the USCF rulebook
1F. Prizes and payments
1F5. Maximum prizes
(a) ....and races exclusively for category 5 men, no prizes (including primes) of commercial value may be awarded----only such things as trophies, medals, ribbons and certificates of participation.
Good to know. Have you tasted Cytomax when it warms? Warm Cytomax = no commercial value.
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someone has to ask...
pics... please?
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Old 04-29-07, 07:51 PM
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Way to pull out the win man!
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Nice race report and congrats on the win. Must have felt good to have chased that guy down and bury him.
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I was wondering why I didn't see you at the TT Saturday. Good show!
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Originally Posted by blonduathlongrl
someone has to ask...
pics... please?
I don't have any myself but if there are any team columbus will have them on their website sometime this week. Just look for the Fred in the dark green shirt
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Nice job Bill!

You ever gonna come out to the crit practices?!
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Nice!!!! Congratulations.
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