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Quincy RR report (Tallahassee)

Old 04-06-08, 08:25 PM
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Quincy RR report (Tallahassee)

I raced the Cat 5 road race today in Quincy.

I got up and drove over to Tallahassee with a couple of friends who were racing also. Overcast skies and some rain on the way over, but it didn't rain once we got there. Quincy's a small town near Tallahassee, and the course was a hilly 21 mile loop starting and ending in "downtown" Quincy. Nothing super long, just constant rollers. The course was perfect..for somebody other than my 180 pound ass.

The Cat 5s didn't get started until nearly 4 PM. Note to self: don't try to buy anything on Sunday in Quincy. The whole town is like Chik-fil-A..nuthin' open. I sat and read a book, then finally warmed up a few miles before the start. I had the Giant which is the lightest thing I own and I knew I was going to need it. I haven't done a hilly road race, and I really didn't know if I was going to be able to hang with the skinny college kids or not. Turns out, I was mostly fine. Any reasonably flat sections, the pace was super easy; even though we were going 25+, I stayed out of the wind in the front 5-10 people. On the hills, I'd work my way forward at the base, then meter my effort on the hill and let a few people past.

That worked pretty well until we came to the last hill before a couple of turns and the (uphill) sprint finish. I went off hard on the bottom of the climb, and it was just a little longer than I hoped it'd be. I popped about 100 yards before the first turn toward the finish, and watched about 10 guys go by. I think I rolled through in about 15th or so, back of the front bunch. Out of 35-40 starters, I'd guess we dropped more than half, including some in a crash about halfway through, so I was happy with the finish.

I stayed upright, finished with the pack, and got some more experience. And, I got to eat at Cracker Barrel afterwards. It was a good day.
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I was in the same race!
That last hill was a killer. Was the guy who one the guy who broke the yellow line rule horrifically just before the end? Anyway, I got back to Naples at 2 in the morning and am still up doing nothing. I think its time for bed...
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If you thought the hills on the Sunday road race were fun, you should have done the downtown crit on Saturday. I'm just glad to have finished all of my laps on that one...

Jim Smart, if you're reading this, you're a bad bad man.
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Originally Posted by shakeyourbotty View Post
I was in the same race!
That last hill was a killer. Was the guy who one the guy who broke the yellow line rule horrifically just before the end? Anyway, I got back to Naples at 2 in the morning and am still up doing nothing. I think its time for bed...
I saw a lot of yellow line violations, and heard some horn beeping from the motorcycle, but I don't think they actually DQ'ed anyone. You know that after the final turn you could take up the whole road to the finish, right? No yellow line rule for that final stretch.

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If you thought the hills on the Sunday road race were fun, you should have done the downtown crit on Saturday. I'm just glad to have finished all of my laps on that one...

Jim Smart, if you're reading this, you're a bad bad man.
How was it? At least it didn't rain on you, right?
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How was it? At least it didn't rain on you, right?
Hilly, including a nice uphill finish. Every race that was run got strung out and split up.
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I've got some serious Pcad style self loathing going today.

I was plenty fast enough and strong enough to win the 4's race yesterday. A combination of stupid riding and some bad luck saw me get taken to the curb by a guy blowing up on the final climb. Game over.

I really need to learn how to finish these races strong.
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I've got some serious Pcad style self loathing going today.

I was plenty fast enough and strong enough to win the 4's race yesterday. A combination of stupid riding and some bad luck saw me get taken to the curb by a guy blowing up on the final climb. Game over.

I really need to learn how to finish these races strong.
Bah, you suck. I totally kicked your arse as I passed you on that hill in my 53 while you struggled in that 39 like an old lady. You w4nker.

BTW, I hope you know this is all in jest but I want you to get the full joy of pcad self loathing zen.
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Sometimes this stuff was all more fun last year, when I was just happy to finish. Maybe a step up to the 35+ field would reinforce the self loathing. Or maybe race both next week for maximum self loathing potential. I can't imagine it can get any better than getting your butt handed to you 4 times in a weekend.
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Sometimes this stuff was all more fun last year, when I was just happy to finish. Maybe a step up to the 35+ field would reinforce the self loathing. Or maybe race both next week for maximum self loathing potential. I can't imagine it can get any better than getting your butt handed to you 4 times in a weekend.
Doing both circuit races at the airport will probably fulfill your self-loathing quota.
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