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I have disappointed Bongo. ToKV mid-stage-race report.

Old 05-19-07, 06:09 PM
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I have disappointed Bongo. ToKV mid-stage-race report.

CLIFFS NOTES VERSION: I suck.


Tolstoy version...

So, as you all might have seen, I'm doing the Tour of Kensington Valley; a Omnium-points stage race with a 2.7 mile TT, a Crit, and a Road Race. The TT and the Crit were today.

The plan was to go all-out on the TT because, quite frankly, the chances of me winning a sprint are about the same as Botto being named the next BF mod.

Anyway, the TT course starts out with about a fifty yard flat section, then a 4-5% grade for about a quarter mile, then a little bit of small rollers, ending in a gradual downhill to a tight turnaround. The theory I had was to sprint off the flat section, take a brief breather down the hill, push it moderately (350 watts) to the turnaround, push it back up to speed (uphill), go back to steady-state on the rollers, and then sprint up the final hill.

I was hoping for about 6 minutes, passing one person (30 second starts) at the turnaround or thereabouts, and another at the final hill.

Well, I did 6:13, a little worse than I'd hoped. And I only passed one person. Unfortunately, I underestimated my competition, the winner did 5:30.

Here's the Powertap info:







After that lack of performance, there was no chance of me actually challenging for any podium spots, so now the Crit and Road Race were for experience only.

I had never done a crit before, so I was happy I entered, if only for the experience. I got experience, all right. I experienced a shellacking. Lined up for the race, three rows back in about six.

People were jostling around, compacting... except for the guy in front of me, so all of the sudden I'm basically in the back row. No start-up crash or anything, but people let big gaps form. I bridged two small ones, and got to the main pack... on the side. Everyone was still going slow, but wheels were close, and I kept looking for a spot... and going by people on the side. Everything was good, eventually I got ~3rd spot... but still, I was pushing all the air out of the way.

I decided not to waste any more energy, and sit in as best I can. I let a bunch of people by me, until I got behind someone's wheel. I decided to suck some wheel, and concentrate on staying close.

And then I realized I was getting dropped. Hard. Like fifty yards before I realized it was happening. I'm at the lead of group of ten or so people, and try to get them to help bridge, but no one wants to come with me. I try to bridge the gap myself, but I failed miserably - and not quickly, either. Finally I catch two people that are being dropped - let's call them Fuji and Unknown. I tell them we should do a paceline, and start it off... and we're under way. Still trying to bridge the gap, but now I can't even see the pack. Fuji's pretty good, but Unknown isn't; I don't know if he even took a pull. Unfortunately Fuji wasn't good at staying right on my wheel, but we managed to pick up another couple of riders in a couple of laps - Orbea and Trek. By now we've dropped Unknown. Orbea is pretty strong - taking good, long pulls. At first I think Trek is a wheelsuck, but towards the end I figure out he just doesn't have it in him. Another couple of laps, and unbenknownst to me, Fuji gets dropped. So now it's Orbea and I, trading pulls. Orbea stays right on my wheel seemingly all the time; I could definitely feel when he was back there, unlike Fuji.

We still fail miserably, but it was a lot more fun pacelining and trying than TT'ing it out by myself.

Crit data...




Sorry for the long post. Road race is tomorrow...
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Old 05-19-07, 07:49 PM
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good luck tomorrow, dont let this bring you down at all! doesnt matter, tomorrow is a new day!
let us know how that goes for you
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Wow. I would love to have a way to get all this information from my rides. Keep going. Your best effort is yet to come. And Bongo says he's not disappointed.
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Good job fighting. We've all been in your position, where all you can do is fight for survival. Just concentrate on learning how to get those wheels you want to be on. Good luck in the RR.
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
The plan was to go all-out on the TT because, quite frankly, the chances of me winning a sprint are about the same as Botto being named the next BF mod.
We've actually been negotiating a deal.

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I had never done a crit before, so I was happy I entered, if only for the experience. I got experience, all right.
Sounds like the experience that many of us had with our first crit. Look at the glass is half full side of things: you kept the rubber on the road.
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....but what were you wearing?
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Blue/White Canari jersey, Assos bibs, Specialized shoes, Pearl Izumi slip-on gloves.
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
Assos bibs
Not to derail your wonderful post but, are they really that good?
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I'll put it this way: I don't think I'll ever buy another pair of bibs that cost less than $90-$100. I spend too much time in the saddle to save $50 and be miserable for hundreds of hours in the saddle.

Here's my original review:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ighlight=Assos

You should really read Domestique's review, though, before you decide. In the end I decided to put my money in a product that everyone seems to like, rather than the Santini, which was about the same price, had been getting good reviews, but didn't seem to be as favorable to as large a group of people.
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Originally Posted by -VELOCITY-
Not to derail your wonderful post but, are they really that good?
yes.

good that you have "Still learning" under your login.
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Originally Posted by botto
yes.

good that you have "Still learning" under your login.
Yeah. Well it's very appropriate. And thanks for the Assos review.

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