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Suicide attack rocks Mt. Hood. Kinda. Tales from da Hood- Stage 3

Old 06-02-07, 09:03 PM
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Suicide attack rocks Mt. Hood. Kinda. Tales from da Hood- Stage 3

So I knew it was going to be an interesting day when I saw the head band, koran, and ceremonial dagger Dick (aka: my brain) had laid out for todayís stage. Sitting 9th on GC, while not quite kissing your sister, isnít a podium and as this was/is going to be my last race event as a three, Dick figured we might as well go down fighting.

I duct taped twenty Gu flasks around my waist, made a videotape decrying the infidel (well, decrying a lack of wattage anyway) and set off.

So 5 miles into a brutal 86 mile, 9000 foot of up stage, a minute into the first climb, I answered a solo attack and away we went.

My hope was that

a) Nobody would have bothered to write down the number of the guy in 9th and

b) Everybody would figure it was insane to be attacking this early, especially with just two guys.

So it was heartening at the 20 mile mark to hear we had over two minutes on the field.

And I gotta say I looked positively *****in in the virtual leaders jersey.

More so at 40 miles when we had 3.5 minutes.

We got caught 61 miles in.

Apparently the guy who was in 11th or so alerted some of the teams to the fact that I was, in fact in contention. At least if I was that far out.

56 miles OTF. The chase left only around 25 riders in the front group. The pace rampíd up as did the road and I was hangin until we hit the 18 mile to go mark, when I started to see-saw off the back. Eventually I dropped off enough that the wheel and follow vehicles went around. 10th on GC came by me and I jumped on, hoping to mitigate the damage. It was as if I was riding with two flat tires.

Which is funny because it was only one.

Slow leak in the brand new Vectran puncture resistant Conti rear. Given the leak down rate, probably punctured just before we got gobbled up.

Pull off. Sit for 15 minutes waiting for another wheel vehicle. Graciously offered some sealant and some cartridge air from another rider. No tool to pull the valve core though, so the sealant ended up mostly ON the tire vs. IN the tire. This matters. Pump it up, make 5 miles before itís unrideable again. Find tire pump in feed zone. Make another five before it's down to around 20 PSI. With 6 miles to the finish guy pulls up and offers water, I see he has the wheels for another group. Grab good wheel, and continue.

BTW, waiting on the side of the road you tend to stiffen up. And itís a lot easier to ride through a ton of pain if youíre actually in contention. Hats off to those who finished this stage who werenít. Lot of people driving by with their bikes in cars.

Did the death march to the ski resort so I can do the crit tomorrow.

Couldn't get the Gu flasks to explode BTW.
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Death or Glory, Death or Glory
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Vino you are the Cyclist! Your reports want me to cut off my cast and go back to racing.
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They posted the results...63rd of 74 finishers, 5:11:47, 45 minutes behind the winner. Dropped from 9th to 44th on GC. 43:00 down. Doubtful I can make that up in the 30 minute crit tomorrow.

25% of the field is gone.
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So we know Dick abuses Guido when Guido issues complaints about the efforts he has asked to put forth; how does Guido reciprocate when Dick's 56 mile torture sessions fail to come to fruition?

Seriously, great, humorous race reports. Almost makes me want to race again. Almost.
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Originally Posted by ericcox
So we know Dick abuses Guido when Guido issues complaints about the efforts he has asked to put forth; how does Guido reciprocate when Dick's 56 mile torture sessions fail to come to fruition?
Dick says he's sorry and that it will never happen again. Guido will take Dick back. And the cycle will begin anew.
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Hi,

Sounds like an awesome stage race. IMHO, you can sit back and watch or try to make something happen. Since I don't race for a living I generally prefer the latter even if it is the equivalent of suicide.

Good luck and keep letting them know you're there.
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Thanksagain vino for another great read.
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Damn man that sucks... that sucks hardcore. But if you're going to go down, it might as well be in a slow-leak-cursing blaze of tubular glory.
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whats up with Dan Martin of safeway? The guy wins the first stage of the master and 6th in the TT then goes off the front to win the 3rd stage and put time on everyone. Manbeast. Also its really cool to see the avg. winning speed for each class listed
p12: 23.61
mast: 20.82
e3: 20.1
e4: 18.94

guess that answers the question as to if the masters class is faster
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Originally Posted by jrennie
whats up with Dan Martin of safeway? The guy wins the first stage of the master and 6th in the TT then goes off the front to win the 3rd stage and put time on everyone. Manbeast.
He won the P1/2 at Cat's Hill going away too...
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Old 06-03-07, 08:49 AM
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Good luck in the crit today!!

That is a bummer about the tire. I kept thinking, noooo!!!

oh! I see your cat1-ometer is at 0% so you will upgrade after this weekend??

You sir, are an animal!
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Old 06-03-07, 10:01 AM
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good report Vino, sorry about the drop in GC but congrats on making the attack and the upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
oh! I see your cat1-ometer is at 0% so you will upgrade after this weekend??
Yep. I figure most pro teams won't hire a guy over 50 so I got a couple of years to get signed and do the Tour. Though I'd settle for the Giro.

Worst case would be the Vuelta, but that's as low down the chain as I'm going.
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Nice attempt. Those bastards must have chased hard to reel you guys in. Bummer about the flats. Ugh.
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One of the hardest stages in the US boys. Vino- did you puncture before the feedzone that ran out of water?

Evan looked like death warmed over when he came through. Something was up with his stomach. Well, he'll be gone to the 2's after this race.

You can check out some of the random photos I took.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/obra3/

I haven't bothered weeding out the fuzzy ones and haven't sharpened, cropped or corrected any of them. Most are of the pro/1/2 break. There's some of the three finish. (Didn't get 1st place though)

Good job suffering through that stage. Brutal man.
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Man that sucks! Cycling can be such a cruel sport.
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Originally Posted by obra3
One of the hardest stages in the US boys. Vino- did you puncture before the feedzone that
That was one thing about being out like that, we were first through he feed zones so we always had water, plus we were getting some hand ups from people shooting pictures from some of the vehicles.

I flatted a bit after the second feed zone...I had help there from a friend so I had drink mix. Bummer was that both he and the wheel vehicle had just gone past when I realized the tire was going south. If it had been a fast leak I wouldn't have wobbled off the back and probably could have gotten a wheel.

Hard, hard stage.
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I never heard of a suicide bomber that had a flat tire on the way to destiny...Since your primary objective was lost you could have at least blown gu all over the feed zone volunteers.

Awesome ride and story Vino...You continue to give this forty something hope!
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Old 06-04-07, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Greg180
..Since your primary objective was lost you could have at least blown gu all over the feed zone volunteers.
-1

Coming from a guy who just worked a feedzone yesterday in the blazing sun..

Our club got both 1st and 3rd in the 1/2 race. I like to think it was my water lol.
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Vino that was a hell of a move to take off in the 1st five miles. I didn't see you go (I was near the back of the pack), but as soon as I heard there were 2 riders off the front I started looking around and sure enough, I couldn't find your VOS jersey.

I was really bummed to ride by and see you getting a new wheel when I was way off the back. But it must have been one of the highlights of your weekend to ride a few miles with me, right?

That was one mean, monster of a ride and you looked it right in eye and gave it a head butt.
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Originally Posted by Vinokurtov
Apparently the guy who was in 11th or so alerted some of the teams to the fact that I was, in fact in contention. At least if I was that far out.

Hopefully you took a crow bar to this guy's knee Tanya Harding style. . . . .
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Old 06-05-07, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mike9903
Hopefully you took a crow bar to this guy's knee Tanya Harding style. . . . .
Nah. That would be wrong.

I had someone else do it.

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