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My first crit.

Old 04-29-07, 10:10 PM
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My first crit.

This weekend was two races for me. The first was the "Race Around Chase," Columbus Ohio and the second was the "Top of Ohio" at the Ohio Caverns, West Liberty , Ohio.

Saturday started was overcast and chilly with a slight breeze. The race was held on the service road around Chase Bank corp. headquarters and was just over a one mile loop. In the womens open we had 8/9 riders. My goal was to get group riding experience, drafting, in the peleton and to lead if possible. I accomplished all three with me drafting and riding amoung the riders, pulling one full lap and about a third of another. I spent most of my time on the rear just watching. Nearly was droped twice and was able to pull back up.

I knew that 2 or 3 of the leaders I could not beat, but I fealt confident that I could finish top 5. When we had a nasty crash out of mid pack. One rider was bumped and she touched a rear wheel, she went down hard with two others pilling on her. I seen this happen and I missed the wreck. The first rider slammed the pavement very hard sliding on her face. I stoped to help and to make sure she was OK even thjough this meant my race was over. She was torn up pretty good with the helmet busting. She ended up riding away on her bike with no obvious majour injuries.

The second race I was absolutely fantasic weather. I was the only female rider and the hilly roads around Ohio Caverns. All I had to do was finish and I won, which I did with an awsome sunburn. Hills, hills hills. I dont have climbing legs but I'm working on it. I am still learning the little nuances with the bike but I am getting a hold on it. I did hit 39.7 mph on the longest downhill.

Short and sweet ... Jamie
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Old 04-29-07, 10:50 PM
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What kind of average speeds do you all do in the women's races? I've never done one and I'm curious to know whether I would have a chance at hanging.
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Old 04-30-07, 07:22 AM
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kpfeif,
on my computer I seen 17.1 for avg and a max of 25.5. I am sure they sprinted harder than that into the finish. Our race was only 30 mins but I was told crits are normally longer than that. The race started out slow and picked up intensity as we raced, testing our endurance.

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Old 04-30-07, 07:27 AM
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I'm always so jealous of those small packs... The fields for men's 4 races around here fill up in less than 10 minutes (for the popular ones) and you can usually count on a full field.

Congrats, BTW-- even though you raced "alone" in that 2nd race, it sounds like a personal victory anyway!

And nice of you to help out in the crit--sometimes it helps to stop and realize that we're just racing for crappy merchandise or a few bucks, and there are things more important than that.

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Good job fighting your way back up.

I also raced at the Chase in the men's 4. That women's crash was nasty, it took one of our girls out.
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Old 04-30-07, 11:08 PM
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That was cool experience and I liked it. I love a good challenge. I learned allot and hope to apply this in the future, well, if I remember to. its realy amazing how much is going on in a race like that, cant emagine what its like in a 30 rider group all at speed.

That was a nasty crash and could have easily been me.

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Good job keeping the rubber side down and hanging in. You'll keep learning the more you do it.
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