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Old 07-11-07, 01:23 PM
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A few things I learned at my race tonight...

  1. The faster it is, the easier it is.

  2. "Shut up and ride" rolls off the tongue quicker than "Hou je beek en fiets."

  3. If your condition is in need of a jump start, ride in the Dolomites, and a week later you'll be flying.

  4. Steven Rooks is still very fast.

  5. If you get yourself into every break, but decide to sit up and watch one time, that's the one break that rides away.

  6. Some folk don't appreciate it when you go to the front to lead out a buddy in the 40+ group, when you're not 40+ (yet).

  7. If you have long scraggly red hair and freckles, then it's not a good idea to wear Credit Agricole bibs with a red jersey. Don't be that guy.

How about you?

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Originally Posted by botto
If you have long scraggly red hair and freckles

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The more climbing the better.
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Old 07-11-07, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Ryanf
The more climbing the better.
What race were you doing when you learned that?
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Originally Posted by Ryanf
The more climbing the better.
It's not "Tonight" for you yet
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Things I learned during my last race, well at least things that were once again confirmed:

When out of shape just not getting dropped is a success.

Being able to keep from getting dropped does not mean you have a chance at a win.

Being behind someone that almost crashes right before the sprint ruins your chance at having a top finish.

Racing is miserable, yet racing is awesome. Go figure!
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Originally Posted by botto
1 The faster it is, the easier it is.
+10 Given the same field, if they're going faster, the drafts are better, and the surges don't have as high of a differential. However, it's not true going from Bs (slower) to As (faster)
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I learned that double-digit grades in road races suck....especially when there's more than a few of them, and it takes longer than a few minutes to get up 'em. It's great when you're cranking along at 7-8 mph and still dropping people.

I was praying for a flat course on that day....and I like climbing.
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Originally Posted by botto
[LIST=1][*]The faster it is, the easier it is.

True. typical crit starts very fast, then thankfully slows down a bit, but as it continues to slow down, you just know there's going to be an attack and then the surge is harder than if the group had just maintained a steady high pace.
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Originally Posted by botto
If you have long scraggly red hair and freckles, then it's not a good idea to wear Credit Agricole bibs with a red jersey. Don't be that guy.


How about you?
White bibs =
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Successful breakaways are mucho fun.
Unsuccessful breakaways, though not as fun as the aforementioned, are still fun! Beats sitting in, too.
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I don't like fast because I have trouble going around corners. I like climbing its slower and suits me.
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Originally Posted by Ryanf
I don't like fast because I have trouble going around corners. I like climbing its slower and suits me.
So your not an ambi turner?
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I learned that trying to stick pins through a Nike DriFit jersey is a pain in the balls.
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Guess what I found in my room tonight a poster of Rooks.
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I found out that having 5 to many beers the night before combined with a hill climb ride the day before combined with eating pork chops and no pasta the day before results in a poor final sprint in a cat 4 crit.
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I found out that having 5 to many beers the night before combined with a hill climb ride the day before combined with eating pork chops and no pasta the day before results in a poor final sprint in a cat 4 crit.
I wish there was a "good" number of beers...

I keep telling my teammates I want to focus on becoming a sprinter. Eat lots of steaks and fries, drink beer, pump iron, inhale creatine, and not give a damn about staying skinny. Give up climbs of any type.

Two days later I wake up in a windowless room with a couple of Jenny Craig deprogrammers, polka dots tattooed all over my body while endless loops of Pantani play on a large screen TV. Then I get stuck on a bike, my hands are crazy glued to the bars, and I'm pointed uphill just ahead of a large pack of emaciated wolves while pork chops are tied around my neck. The rest is a cautionary tale...
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lets see, a few things I learned from the last race

stepping up your game and telling a team mate your were going to be more aggresive could result in broken collarbone.

guard your front wheel, even more so last .5 lap when **** is getting squirrley + fast.

beer takes the pain away after the adrenaline from the crash has worn off.

i still love this **** and just bought a trackbike for the velodrome.

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Originally Posted by botto
1 The faster it is, the easier it is.
Probably more 'the steady it is, the easier it is'

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4 Steven Rooks is still very fast.
Tell more about Rooks!!! Still have the lump in his back?

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Originally Posted by classic1
Probably more 'the steady it is, the easier it is'



Tell more about Rooks!!! Still have the lump in his back?
can't say i noticed i suppose i was too awestruck when i found myself riding alongside him.
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1. Shaved legs get colder more easily.
2. For god's sake, just try to get in the break once, even if you don't think you can keep up. Getting dropped from the break is going to be a lot more fun than sitting in.
3. A team with 12 recently licensed, but now unlicensed, riders is going to eat up an unlicensed field.
4. Attacking the peloton in a futile attempt to avoid the sprint for 12th, while not necessarily wise, is fun.
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Originally Posted by gcl8a
1. Shaved legs get colder more easily.
2. For god's sake, just try to get in the break once, even if you don't think you can keep up. Getting dropped from the break is going to be a lot more fun than sitting in.
3. A team with 12 recently licensed, but now unlicensed, riders is going to eat up an unlicensed field.
4. Attacking the peloton in a futile attempt to avoid the sprint for 12th, while not necessarily wise, is fun.
four words: olie op de benen.

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Originally Posted by botto
four words: olie op de benen.
h! De ben var tre.

This is not on your how-to page. I feel mislead.
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Originally Posted by gcl8a
h! De ben var tre.

This is not on your how-to page. I feel mislead.
interesting point. perhaps a new text is i the air.
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Originally Posted by botto
Ya gotta love those drop bars with the aeros attached. Just like the real Tour...I guess the artist that did that is not a racing fan.



And Mapei? I guess they liked the colourful jerseys and those darling Colnago's...
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