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Dragon's Challenge: My Own Private Omnium

Old 05-28-07, 02:42 PM
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Dragon's Challenge: My Own Private Omnium

This weekend's Dragon's Challenge races (a road race, time trial, and criterium) were originally scheduled as an omnium but when the criterium was promoted to state championship status for some race classes but not others that threw a wrench into things so the omnium was dropped but the races continued as planned.

When making my schedule for the season I had planned for this weekend as an omnium and so, by god, I decided to treat it as an omnium albeit unofficially. Once I learned it there were not going to be any cumulative points scored I probably should have just skipped the time trial altogether, but in the end I decided to just take it a bit easy on the TT to save some energy for today's criterium.

I won the RR on Saturday and ended up 6th in the TT on Sunday just 40 seconds off the winner's time. This morning they announced that my race class (Masters 4/5) would NOT be considered a state championship event, which means I should have just gone all out during the TT, today's race be damned.

Anyway, today's crit was uneventful. The most exciting part of my race was actually the crash during the field sprint in the race that preceded mine. It was REALLY ugly. My family was actually at the race today and so I promised my wife that I would take a solo flyer on the last lap to make sure I wouldn't get caught up in similar ugliness.

I took off right as the bell sounded, got some good initial separation, held on as long as I could, but was caught and passed by one dude at the line. My wife was pretty excited to see me stay upright and my kids were happy to see me finish in 2nd place. My daughter even caught most of the race on tape.

Oh yeah... even though nobody else is counting, I'm pretty darn sure I won my own private omnium. It's an honor I'll remember for as long as I can.

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Old 05-28-07, 02:46 PM
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you are really starting to kill it. You are going to end up in the 3s in no time wether you think so or not.
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Old 05-28-07, 02:50 PM
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I'm not sure if these races count toward upgrade points or not. We'll see I guess.

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Excellent job Steve!

My EC-90 bar snapped. I got back in the race on a team mate's bike, and team mate's shoes. Both way too small. We had to duct tape my feet into the shoes. Finish wasn't noteworthy They say bad luck comes in 3s, so hopefully I'm done for the time being.
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Old 05-28-07, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
They say bad luck comes in 3s, so hopefully I'm done for the time being.
Talk about a string of bad breaks. I guess the good news is that you're now guaranteed to be injury/accident free for the next year.

It could be worse... I have a teammate who has tacoed a carbon wheel (and made his own taco meat) two races in a row now.

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Yeah, I happened to be there as Noah was taping the shoes on and gave him a little push to try to get him going so he could get in with the field.

Nice job, Steve. I had a great weekend as well. The weekend was my first races as a 3, and I won the bunch sprint on Saturday for 6th place, was 3rd in my first time trial (ever, not just as a 3), and was third today after doing a ton of work to control the crit. Lots of fun

I send you and Noah a PM about Ace. Tomorrow should be fun- I'll do both the A and B races and hopefully have some fun.
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Keith, sounds like you're not going to spend very long in the 3s...

From your (albeit limited) perspective, what's the difference between the 3s and the 4s?

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another win, congrats!
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Originally Posted by zimbo
Keith, sounds like you're not going to spend very long in the 3s...

From your (albeit limited) perspective, what's the difference between the 3s and the 4s?

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Steve-

Thanks- having achieved the goal of making it to 3, which was my original goal for the season, I'm now going to try to accumulate enough points to have the option of upgrading to 2. I'm not necessarily planning to do that if/when I have the points, but I'd like to see if I can get myself there and then decide when to move up.

I think the crit was a better example of a 3 race than the road race. Basically, there's more organization and a bit less chaos, aided by the typically smaller fields. The pace also can be (though it isn't always) faster than a 4 race. Even when the pace isn't faster overall, the accelerations tend to be harder and faster than what I experienced in the 4s. 3s as a field are at least theoretically fitter than 4s, so I don't think the field breaks up as much as it often does in 4 races since people are stronger and able to hold on longer.

That's all I've noticed so far.

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