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Old 07-05-07, 05:36 AM   #1
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Race report - Barbour Detour

It's been a while so I'm going to see if I remember how to do one of these race report things. I haven't done a road race in over three months and I haven't done a mountain bike race in almost two months. I decided to take a little break. I haven't even been training, just riding some. Therefore, my goal for this race was to not get dropped.

The entrants in this race are a little different than most cat 4/5 races I do. Most of the racers that are cat 5's are expert class mountain bike racers. However, since WV only has two or three races a year these guys never have the opportunity to cat up. This means that they are strong as horses but still cat 5's. Gotta love USCF rules. Anyway, I know before I even went that it was going to hurt!

Well I get to the race which was "local" for me, it is only 150 miles from my house. When I got there it started raining a little, bummer. However, I did see a bunch of my mountain bike buddies that I haven't seen for a while. For some of these guys it was there first race, very cool! Well I got registered and the rain quit. Woohoo!!! I did a quick warm up on the trainer and then went to the starting line. There were 32 cat 4/5's and seven cat 1/2/3's. However, there are a bunch of cat 5's strong enough to be cat 3's.

The race starts and everything is going well, a couple of squirrels but nothing too bad. The race starts with about half mile flat then a two mile climb. We immediately start dropping a few people, one of which is a junior expert mountain bike racer. We dropped a couple others as well, not sure who they were. After this the rollers start and never end, except of course for a few more nasty climbs. None too steep, but steep enough at the speeds we were carrying. We ended up dropping 13 people over the course of the race.

The last couple of miles got scary. There were a couple of squirrels but one was bad. He pushed me into the other lane once, almost crashed me three times and almost took out the entire peloton twice. I made sure to mention this to him after the race, he didn't seem that concerned though. I just mentioned that there was no money on the line so no need to try to kill everyone, but anyway back to the report. The last mile and a half before the last 1/2 mile of flat we were moving pretty good. In a tight group and jockeying for position at around 45 mph got kind of scary. A few people just said it wasn't worth it which I can't blame them for. We get to the end and there is a 90 degree right turn followed by a 90 degree left turn. During the first turn one guy cut right in front of another guy (that I though could win the race). This caused that guy to almost crash, I still can't believe he pulled it off. He was directly in front of me which caused me to slow down to about 10 mph. At this point my race was over. I just went as hard as I could and managed a 13th place, five seconds behind the winner.

Overall, I was happy. I managed to not get dropped and I was there at the end up until the one mistake of choosing to follow the wrong person. I can live with that. The race ended up being 33 miles, average speed was 24.1 mph. Time was 1:22 and according to my buddies garmin 205 we did 3,746 feet of climbing.

Here is a copy of the graph from his garmin (which he started a few minutes after the start).

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Old 07-05-07, 06:16 AM   #2
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Sounds scary. Glad you kept it upright.
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welcome back, and next time keep your report to 200 words or less.
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Old 07-05-07, 06:33 AM   #4
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welcome back, and next time keep your report to 200 words or less.
Sorry.

How about this, clif note version.

I raced, I didn't get dropped, I didn't win.
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So how deep is payout in a 7 man field?

I like the odds
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Sorry.

How about this, clif note version.

I raced, I didn't get dropped, I didn't win. that is all.
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I’m one of the first timers. LowCel wanted me to go do this race so he had someone to pull him through And since it was a only about 25 miles from home it really was a “local race” for me. I figured this would be a good race to try. I figured I would use this as a learning experience and I had the same plan as LowCel ….dont get dropped. But my legs had another plan on one of the climbs about 12 miles into the race my legs decided they had enough and yep…..I got dropped . I ended up regrouping with 4 others and we stayed together almost all the way to the finish. We split up towards the end but we all worked together pretty well up to that point. All in all I had a good time and figure I will do another one sometime. Until then I’m going to have to learn how to climb better.
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