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helmet cam - 2007 Hartford Criterium, Cat 3's

Old 06-03-07, 09:19 AM
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helmet cam - 2007 Hartford Criterium, Cat 3's

Wanted to share a clip I made of the 2007 Hartford Criterium, May 27, Cat 3's. I had a bad connection between the cam and the camcorder so there is picture breakup but you get get the feel for the race. There is some contact, some close quarters field riding, and a horrible non-sprint (from me).

2007 Hartford Crit

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Old 06-03-07, 09:55 AM
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good stuff, I feel your pain at the end.

I didn't know you could start a crit with a disc wheel? Am I seeing things or was there a guy with a disc?
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Old 06-03-07, 09:58 AM
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very cool! thanks
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Old 06-03-07, 10:33 AM
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Don't look at your heart rate monitor while you race. Your numbers are totally theoretical and they do not account for adreneline, excitement and the urge to win. If you're looking at your HRM during the race, you're doing what the machine tells you to.
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Old 06-03-07, 12:59 PM
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that wider angle helet cam makes everyones ass look fat. Did I see a guy with a rear disc in there?
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Old 06-03-07, 03:13 PM
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thx for the feedback and a few notes:
1. disk wheels are totally legal. In fact, disk wheel covers are legal right now (in 2008 they'll be illegal for national events). The rider using the disk is Paul Curley, a many time national champion (cross and crit). He got third I think.

2. wide angle lenses do make you look, err, "wide". Narrower angle lens ends up being a "butt and ankle" lens (if you look at the other YouTube vids I've posted, the 2006 Nutmeg race uses that lens).

3. HRM - got similar comments elsewhere. I got dropped 6 miles into a 30 mile circuit race a couple weeks prior after riding too hard at the beginning of the race (and ignoring my HRM). This time I was simply hoping to finish and tried to scale back my efforts so I'd have reserves when I had to dig deep. Analyzing the HRM allowed me to see that when I felt "bad", it translated to something in the low 170's. In training I have a hard time pushing past 170-171. In the race I felt horrible but my HR was 170 when I checked (I'd check at the top of the hill, right after the S/F line, on perhaps 2 of every 3 laps).

At the bell it was 179 but I kept going and focused on the riders around me. It seems I topped out at 183. I haven't seen a legit max HR that high in many years. I figure I pushed about as hard as I could based on my current fitness, the nervousness I felt (unusual for me), and focusing on some basics to keep from doing dumb things - and the HRM simply allowed me to rein back my enthusiasm early in the race and let me get to the finish.

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The course didn't look too bad....my buddy said the roads are really rough there though and cautioned me against it?
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Nice Nice job. Props to you documenting your pain.
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Course is pretty bumpy on the right side on the backstretch. Most of the racers avoided that side of the road. Also the short downhill after the first turn used to be really, really bumpy, but they repaved it. Finally there are some manhole covers. But as far as courses go, Hartford is not bad.

The helmet cam is mounted on probably the best suspended part of a bike racer - the human head. They put G-meters in car racers' ears as they found their heads were the least bounced-around thing on the body. So a lot of bumps and dips and stuff gets reduced to something totally insignificant. I can tell you that the "nudge" from the inside was moderately hard but someone really tagged me hard from the outside. But you can't tell because my head didn't move around a lot.

Thanks on props. I couldn't sleep one night last week and worked on this from 1-4:30 AM. Then today, when I was a little more awake, I got rid of the obvious errors and put the clip online.

Some point soon I hope to have a "normal" clip of the Cat 4's - I taped the race from the sidellines.

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Old 06-03-07, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
The course didn't look too bad....my buddy said the roads are really rough there though and cautioned me against it?
I was there last week too. The roads were fine. The manhole covers were an annoyance, but not dangerous because the weren't deep or on sharp corners.
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Nicely done!


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well done!
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Pretty cool.
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Have not done a crit in about 3 years. Watching that almost makes me want to do one again. Good job. Thanks.
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Suprised that storm grate in the corner wasn't marked better, or maybe it was and the tape doesn;t show it. In the turn where there is contact, you can cleary see the guy on your inside drift wide and into you. If he hadn't, you would have made up 4 or 5 places in the corner. Nice job, but yeah, you popped bad at the end. I've been there.
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Old 06-05-07, 09:16 AM
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Thanks for taking me along on the ride.
That was very cool.
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thx for all the + feedback. I started doing the clips so I could share with my friends who don't race (fiancee actually, and then coworkers later) and those that do but wonder what I do in the races (i.e. teammates and friends). I'm glad that others also enjoy them.

Now to actually do well in a 2007 race, not one from last year.

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That looks like a course that is absolutely RIPE for a break to go up the road...

What was your average speed for the race?
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Breaks rarely succeed around here in races attended by big teams looking for a sprint. On this particular course there is so much coasting (my avg cadence was 56 if you include coasting) that I think a break would have been hard pressed to make it. A solo rider won one of the Masters races but he had good team support and he was exceptionally strong. Having said that, there are breaks at various events in the summer that surprise everyone.

Avg speed according to someone who watched/timed race was over 26 mph but I don't have an exact figure. I think it was 42 kph (i.e. 26.5 mph or higher) according to my Power Tap but my data is at home.

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*edit for very optimistic speeds!*

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Old 06-05-07, 12:51 PM
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Avg. speed on my friend's comp for that race was about 26 in the cat 4's, but that was because it didn't stop for the neutral laps of the wait during the restart.

The 3's felt pretty damn fast to me, but I would have felt the speed going about 12 miles an hour that day. Wasn't such a good one for me.
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WTH I posted a reply yesterday but don't see it???

Anyway very cool video, I enjoyed your commentary. Can you provide some details of the camera setup and do any racers say anything to you about racing with the helmet cam?
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
thx for the feedback and a few notes:
1. disk wheels are totally legal. In fact, disk wheel covers are legal right now (in 2008 they'll be illegal for national events). The rider using the disk is Paul Curley, a many time national champion (cross and crit). He got third I think.

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I can't believe Curley is riding in the 3s? Like you said the guy is a many time Nat Champ. Why a 3? Figured Masters 45 or Pro 1/2 for him.

Great video and commentary btw. Keep 'em coming. Very entertaining! Better than Versus!

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Old 06-06-07, 09:26 AM
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I hate when my post doesn't show up!

Anyway, to answer your question, I have another thread on a race in Plainville, CT and in it I detail the helmet cam setup and potential problems with carrying one around while I race. There is a link which describes it in better detail, complete with pictures.

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=306042

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Great stuff. Thank You.
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Cool video. Thanks for sharing!
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