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First Races, First Reports (French Broad, NC)

Old 07-22-07, 02:25 PM
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First Races, First Reports (French Broad, NC)

I finally got around to signing up for a race after having wanted to race all summer. I signed up for the Road Race and Crit at the French Broad Cycling Classic.
I started to get butterflies Wednesday, I was scared because I've only had my bike 4 months and the closest thing to a race I've done is the local training crit.
The RR was Saturday and I got to the race and set up. I warmed up a bit less than I wanted to and rolled to the line near the very end of the 64 man group. The race was to be 3 laps with a lap being 10 miles with 320ft of climbing on a somewhat narrow country road. The rules were stated including the Yellow Line Rule and we were sent on our way.
The pace was high on the opening flats but my computer had decided to become inoperable, so I was unsure of the exact speed. There was a very tight right hand turn that was about 40 degrees. There were about 64 riders that slammed on their brakes very hard and the leaders decided to sprint up the little roller which meant I was sprinting up the roller. Half a mile later I looked up the road to see the leaders taking a 90* right hander at which time I heard the officials yelling "wrong way, do not turn". Thanks to that mishap I went from 50th to 25-30th. At this time we were 3 wide on a narrow road and the fluxuation in speed was amazing, I have never heard "slowing" yelled so often. I was nearly wrecked by the guy I was drafting when he braked hard and swung towards the yellow. He came very close to hitting my front wheel but I noticed and went wide, over the yellow. When it was safe I got back in line so there was no advantage gained, just a huge accident avoided. The hills were bigger than I expected and they hurt. My computer decided to turn on about 8 miles into the race so I had speed readings. Lap 2 was more of the same somewhat sketchy riding with awkward pace changes. I got dropped on the last climb of the lap which was sort and steep and 2 miles from the finish line. I tried, but I could not catch up. I ended up grouping with 3 other dropped riders and trading pulls. We rode togther until the last climb, the one where I had been dropped. I was 3rd in line and decided to 'attack' (if a dropped rider can do that to a tiny chase group). I came over the hill and around the 90* turn with a 15m advantage. I decided to Time Trial the last 2.5 miles to the finish, I kept checking back expecting the chase group to catch me but they were getting smaller. I felt like I was going to blow up and then I saw the tent at the finish. 500m to go. At 150m I tried to get out of the saddle and finish hard but it wasn't going to happen.
I finished 29th of 47 finishers out of 64 starters.

Random notes:
Triples suck, 42T is too big and 30T is too small.
DRINK: I did not drink anything the first 2 laps because the other riders scared the crap out of me.
Do not start at the back.
I need to ride more hills.

Day 2: Crit
.5 mile course
3 turns
gradual ascent to the finsh after a turn that almost folds in on itself.
Sketchy pavement

Today's race was much smaller than the RR, there had to be less than 40 riders. I stated on the front row. I missed my clip in but I saved it and came into the first turn 10th. I was taking a terrible line through turn 2 the first 8 minutes. I was dropped somewhere between minute 10 and 12. I hooked up with a guy on a Lemond and rode with him the rest of the race, he pulled on the flat and downhill and I pulled up the hill. We passed 3 riders and then we were lapped. Race officials pulled us with 3 to go. Only 16 racers finished the race.

I had a great time, I can't wait to race again, and I am excited about my training as I have a lot on which I can improve!

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Old 07-22-07, 02:39 PM
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All in all, sounds like a great weekend, congrats.
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I was spectator at that mean curve. Great racing all day, I missed the start of the 5's though.

At the end off the Masters 45+ a woman walked by the barricade where I was standing as the riders were coming down the hill into the curve. I shouted at her and she turned around and smiled and kept walking. Everyone else started yelling at her. She actually slowed down and came to a complete stop at the apex of the turn, right in the line, just as the riders hit that spot. I think the first three yelled and made it by, a couple guys after that came off the line to miss her and missed the turn completely. I didn't see the first guy go down, as I was still looking at this insane woman, turned just to see one guy do a flip and land horribly on his head/neck.

The cop at the turn was in her car, we got her attention and she handcuffed the woman, back of the car for a bit, then released with a ticket. The rider got up after a bit and rode away.

I have a bunch of pictures, I'll try and get them up, I think I got 90% of the racers.
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Old 07-22-07, 06:26 PM
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wow, that is insane and scary
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Originally Posted by GlassKitchen View Post
I was spectator at that mean curve. Great racing all day, I missed the start of the 5's though.

At the end off the Masters 45+ a woman walked by the barricade where I was standing as the riders were coming down the hill into the curve. I shouted at her and she turned around and smiled and kept walking. Everyone else started yelling at her. She actually slowed down and came to a complete stop at the apex of the turn, right in the line, just as the riders hit that spot. I think the first three yelled and made it by, a couple guys after that came off the line to miss her and missed the turn completely. I didn't see the first guy go down, as I was still looking at this insane woman, turned just to see one guy do a flip and land horribly on his head/neck.

The cop at the turn was in her car, we got her attention and she handcuffed the woman, back of the car for a bit, then released with a ticket. The rider got up after a bit and rode away.

I have a bunch of pictures, I'll try and get them up, I think I got 90% of the racers.
I'd love to see pictures even though I was spit out the back. It was a quite a first race experience. I'm hope those 45+ guys and their bikes are ok.
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I would like to see the pictures also.
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"I need to ride more hills"

That was a very flat course.
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It was a very fast race (for me as well). My average was 24.5 at the finish - actually after slowing to a halt during the atomic bomb that went off at the 500m line. Four or five guys hit the pavement during the sprint and one I know of broke his collarbone. I was directly behind the falling bikes. In my mind I already hit the ground but stayed upright - even after someone's back wheel smacked my right leg as it cartwheeled down the road. I went around it and sprinted for the line to finish 9th.

During the race I kept thinking to myself why I was in a "spot of bother." Usually these races average 22-23mph and I wanted to attack at some point on the last lap. Uh uh. I was just glad to be there during the sprint (only losing a few spots during the crash) and staying rubber side down.
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GlassKitchen-

I'd also be interested in seeing any pictures you have of the 3 race. We had a bunch of guys from Franklin Street Cycles in it.
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Old 07-23-07, 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by GlassKitchen View Post
I was spectator at that mean curve. Great racing all day, I missed the start of the 5's though.

At the end off the Masters 45+ a woman walked by the barricade where I was standing as the riders were coming down the hill into the curve. I shouted at her and she turned around and smiled and kept walking. Everyone else started yelling at her. She actually slowed down and came to a complete stop at the apex of the turn, right in the line, just as the riders hit that spot. I think the first three yelled and made it by, a couple guys after that came off the line to miss her and missed the turn completely. I didn't see the first guy go down, as I was still looking at this insane woman, turned just to see one guy do a flip and land horribly on his head/neck.

The cop at the turn was in her car, we got her attention and she handcuffed the woman, back of the car for a bit, then released with a ticket. The rider got up after a bit and rode away.

I have a bunch of pictures, I'll try and get them up, I think I got 90% of the racers.
Hey Glass please post the pictures. The guy who went down was a teammate of mine. He's OK and he was asking around if anyone had any pictures. He remembers the crazy lady and then being on the ground but that is it. It really sucked too b/c he was an omnium contender and that pretty much took him out. There are lots of crazies in Ashville.
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Originally Posted by Jcyclist View Post
"I need to ride more hills"

That was a very flat course.
I live in Columbia, SC and that course has more climbing than I normally encounter. I can find hills, but I have to look for them.

It was a very fast race (for me as well). My average was 24.5 at the finish - actually after slowing to a halt during the atomic bomb that went off at the 500m line. Four or five guys hit the pavement during the sprint and one I know of broke his collarbone. I was directly behind the falling bikes. In my mind I already hit the ground but stayed upright - even after someone's back wheel smacked my right leg as it cartwheeled down the road. I went around it and sprinted for the line to finish 9th.

During the race I kept thinking to myself why I was in a "spot of bother." Usually these races average 22-23mph and I wanted to attack at some point on the last lap. Uh uh. I was just glad to be there during the sprint (only losing a few spots during the crash) and staying rubber side down.
I was thinking that the pace was a bit on the hot side. Congrats on staying rubber down and getting a top 10!
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Here's the pics and some movies . I didn't get any pictures of the crazy lady crash, I was way too shocked to remember I had a camera. So glad to hear the guy is OK.

Thanks for the great racing!
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You need to start coming out on Thursday night. It makes the crit look like a ride through the neighborhood.
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Originally Posted by damocles1 View Post
You need to start coming out on Thursday night. It makes the crit look like a ride through the neighborhood.
What time and where?
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6pm at the traffic circle of the Fort
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I'll be there next week.
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