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Old 05-05-08, 10:51 AM
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40+ vs. the Kids

At the RR in Colt's Neck NJ on Sunday, the podium in the Cat 3 race was:

Joe Straub (my neighbor) 1st,
Gary Steinberg (my pal and team mate) 2nd
Juan (my other team mate) 3rd

Those poor friggin Cat 3 punk kids never had a chance.

They are all 40+. This is why Pcad makes all those grimacy faces when he is attempting to be 35+ Pack Fodder.
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Old 05-05-08, 11:10 AM
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2nd place in Cat 5 is 42 years old.
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humbly, I was third not second. The older guy schooled me in the sprint.
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humbly, I was third not second. The older guy schooled me in the sprint.
A) This is no place for humility, it's BF.

B) Try not to F up my thread, you're my team mate. You should be leading me out.

C) And don't start with that 'the day you lead me out in Prospect Park I'll lead you out here' crap.
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old guys are fast!
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old guys are fast!
click your heels, close your eyes, and keep on repeating that to yourself.

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Old 05-05-08, 12:48 PM
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humbly, I was third not second. The older guy schooled me in the sprint.
EDIT: being a little slow on the draw, I just realized that you werent responding about the cat 5 race. Nevermind...


If it makes you feel any better, my team lives in the area. I know exactly what gear to pull, the 250/200/150 meter marks, and damn near every bump in the road. I'll bet we've made that sprint a dozen times in the past month.

I was 6th or 7th in the Cat 4.

You know how you try to have a plan but it never works out? Mine almost did. I had a short list of people I was hoping to hop onto going up the hill for the final sprint. As it happened, Todd, a very fast 4 who likes to go early and can make it stick, swept in front of me just past the bridge. I had a moment of peace and tranquility. "This is going to work." Then he died (gearing problems or something). I hesitated an instant, then took the long way around. Oh well.

He will resume crushing my soul at Bear Mountain next weekend.

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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
At the RR in Colt's Neck NJ on Sunday, the podium in the Cat 3 race was:

Joe Straub (my neighbor) 1st,
Gary Steinberg (my pal and team mate) 2nd
Juan (my other team mate) 3rd

Those poor friggin Cat 3 punk kids never had a chance.

They are all 40+. This is why Pcad makes all those grimacy faces when he is attempting to be 35+ Pack Fodder.
A good team mate would have sliced his neighbor's tires and move his guy up one spot.
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He was totally catchable. Everyone was too busy marking Juan and I to worry about chasing the guys off the front. You'd think that a cat III team with 8 or 10 guys in the field would want to put someone up front to chase, but it seemed to make more sense for everyone to watch the guys in pink.
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He was totally catchable. Everyone was too busy marking Juan and I to worry about chasing the guys off the front. You'd think that a cat III team with 8 or 10 guys in the field would want to put someone up front to chase, but it seemed to make more sense for everyone to watch the guys in pink.
This sounds disturbingly gay. That GL team clothing is mostly blue Gary.
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This sounds disturbingly gay. That GL team clothing is mostly blue Gary.
c'mon pcaddy, the teams's name is Global Lactate after all.
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This sounds disturbingly gay. That GL team clothing is mostly blue Gary.
Hi,

Just like my club kit is mostly blue and white.

Our newly re-minted Cat. 3 Masters team is now red, black, and white. First time in 20 years that I've raced in something other than pink and blue.
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c'mon pcaddy, the teams's name is Global Lactate after all.
That name is the tits.
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Damned geezers.
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It makes me feel special knowing that I'll be dropping everyone over 25 (except Roger Asphalm, edit: and Dr W and a select number of gents on Gimbels + Nyack, of course) in 2 years, when I'm 17.

Being young is good. :-)

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So junior, have you seen Dr. W's thread?
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So, what is it that makes the old timers so fast? Some top answers might be:

1.) Family commitments are letting up, so training time increases
2.) Pain receptors stop firing as often. More ability to endure pain
3.) Just the result of training over time. The body adapts as it's forced.

Or maybe we learn to self loath better in our advanced years? Please, fill us in Mr. Pcad.
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So, what is it that makes the old timers so fast?
200K of base miles is a pretty good base to build on.
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Or maybe we learn to self loath better in our advanced years? Please, fill us in Mr. Pcad.
Self Loathing leads to Cycling Zen. It doesn't make you fast. I don't know what makes those guys so friggin fast. I'm the meatball in the pack wondering who the F is driving this train trying to hold on until the merciful finish line.

Here's one observation: guys that were fast @ age 30 are still fast @ age 40+. I was never that fast in the first place. Some things never change.
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I don't know whether to be happy or sad over the fact that our sport is dominated by old men at the grass roots level
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I don't know whether to be happy or sad over the fact that our sport is dominated by old men at the grass roots level
be sad.
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I don't know whether to be happy or sad over the fact that our sport is dominated by old men at the grass roots level
You can't blame Pcad for dominating anything besides the Freds on BF.
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I don't know whether to be happy or sad over the fact that our sport is dominated by old men at the grass roots level
Hi,

On a serious note, it's kind of sad. Not that the Masters fields should be small, but the Junior fields are almost non-existent in SoCal. I remember Junior fields in the NYC area with 30 or more riders and this was 17-18 year olds.

I wish I knew why bicycle racing doesn't attract more teens these days.
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I wish I knew why bicycle racing doesn't attract more teens these days.
Most teens don't even know the sport exist. Imagine how the sport would grow if there were actually high school cycling teams.
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