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Old 05-06-08, 01:47 PM
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Bakersfield Rollcall

I'll be there on Sunday in the 3's. Anybody going all out and racing on both days?

The course looks more interesting than last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pxxl2CyU3yE
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Hi,

San Luis Rey was my acid test for Bakersfield -- I failed.

Besides, I don't get back from St. Louis until Friday at 4:30 PM into Orange County and I don't feel like getting up in time on Saturday to drive 2 hours to make a 7:30 AM start.
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This was one of my big objectives this season, and now we have a guy who could win this on our team, unfortunately I got really sick two weeks ago and my fitness is shot. I'll see you guys at San Fernando and Glendale GP!
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I'm in with one teammate in the 4s. I know a few others are going in various categories. Its too bad my teammte that won at SLR and got second at punchbowl can't go due to prior obligations... he would probably do really well.
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Screw road racing. I prefer the safety of crits. Well, that and I get to wear gloves.
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Old 05-06-08, 04:48 PM
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I might head out for the Cat 4 race if some of my teammates are interested.
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead View Post
Screw road racing. I prefer the safety of crits. Well, that and I get to wear gloves.
The safety of crits?, what does that mean?
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Originally Posted by joecool2727 View Post
The safety of crits?, what does that mean?
Kidding.
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35+ on Saturday, 1/2 on Sunday. I liked last year's course even though it was the only RR all year that I was dissatisfied with my performance (besides getting 16th at nationals). I hope the course is good this year since I'll be doing it two days in a row.
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I've decided to use my training tires after all the flats that occurred last year. People were picking up goatheads and dropping like flies.
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Reports? I did the Elite 4s at 9:30. Still having trouble with those long hard efforts, was pretty much at my max HR for about 4 minutes, gave it everything I had to what I thought was the top, but turned out to be a false flat, and when we turned a corner and it kicked up again, I was gone. Caught someone's wheel that was chasing back on and tried to follow but didn't have enough gas and settled into my own rythmn to the top. I could still see the pack when I crested, but the gap only increased on the descent... I was working with one other guy (LaGrange I think) and we caught a few others at the bottom. We picked up a few others as we went along the rollers and could see a sizable group ahead for a while and seemed to be gaining on them, which was promising. We were rotating pretty smoothly (although there was one guy that kept shooting off the front every time he went to pull) and I thought our chance of catching the group up ahead was pretty good. Unfortunately, we made a right turn when we got back into "town" and I suddenly felt like I had no power. The combination of the pace, the road surface, the slight uphill and the wind tossed me off the group and I watched them ride away as we neared the end of the first lap. Frustrated when I rolled through the feed zone, I told my wife I wanted to quit but she said there was a group behind me so I pushed on.

The group of 4 eventually caught me, and we had a bit of calm as we did the first descent, then got organized into a nice rotation after turning onto Round Mountain Road and beginning the false flat section before the main climb. We picked up one or two guys from my earlier group, and then a few more of the big motors that were hurting me on the rollers. We tried to stay together for the most part, but a few guys seemed to be hurting and had fallen back before the top. Mark (Mr. Landshark) from LaGrange seemed to be the freshest out of all of us, but he slowed to wait for two of his teammates. The rest of us eased on the rolling top section and then cruised down the descent. That descent was really fun and I got to appreciate it more the second time through, knowing where the turns went and not in full chase mode (I had no allusions of trying to catch the pack). I don't consider myself to be a great descender, but I easily rode away from the other guys I was still with, and then cruised at the bottom so that I would have people to work with over the stupid rollers.

At that point there were 4 of us. Then all of the sudden there were 3... We saw two guys up ahead (Triathletix and AIAGE) and eventually caught them. The Triathletix guy never caught on but the other one did and we had 4 again, which makes for a much nicer rotation. As we were nearly back into town, one guy (Liquid Fitness) got a cramp and a moment later one other (AIAGE) was back (with him?), leaving me and one other guy (Paramount) to work together to the end. His pulls were getting longer and longer, and mine shorter and shorter, and I was thinking "if you just pull me in I won't try to go around you...". I sitll pulled were I could, then when we got near the parking area he accelerated away and I tried to match him (not to try to beat him), but I really had nothing left and just kind of cruised into the finish for 43rd place, out of 60 something starters.

I see people from my first group in the low 30s, which is where I'm sure I could have finished. Mistake #1 was that I rode too much this last week, and especially too hard on Saturday. Mistake #2 was that I didn't eat or drink enough. When I fisnihed the first lap I didn't take on any extra water because I hadn't had any yet! Mistake #3 was that I didn't pay enough attention to the wind direction and that's why I got popped from the chase group, I think.
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The 3's were a blast. The race was flat out hard from the time we hit the first climb all the way to the finish. We started with about 40-45 riders (pretty small due to Mother's Day) and tea partied all the way down the first decent then hit the climb at a hard tempo. Even at a hard tempo the climb wasn't hard enough to really shake things up and we made it over the top with about 30 riders remaining.

When we hit the rollers on the back side things really started to heat up. Attacks started going over every roller, but nothing could really stick. Finally two riders got a gap and we spent the rest of the lap chasing. As we went through the feed zone somebody decided it was time to put the hammer down and started pushing HARD. The field was on the rivet, completely strung out, for the entire first section of false flat. We finally caught the break just before the decent and the pace slowed. The hard pace actually caught multiple riders by surprise and by the time we hit the hill we were down to (maybe) 25 riders. Nobody was really willing to drill the pace up the climb and we made it to the top with a final selection of 18.

Again, once we hit the rollers the race went nuts. Somebody would make a dig on every roller, no matter how small. They'd get a gap, the field would string out, the attack would get caught and we'd slow again. With about 5K to go I made a move on the steepest roller and got a pretty solid separation. Another rider bridged up and we worked together for about 5 minutes until we got caught. I tried 1 more dig with about 1K to go, go caught and suffered in the back of the pack until the finish. Ended up rolling in for 15th.

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Duration: 2:44:40 (2:45:37)
Work: 1813 kJ
TSS: 183.8 (intensity factor 0.821)
Norm Power: 242
VI: 1.31
Distance: 58.591 mi
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Power: 0 839 185 watts
Cadence: 29 141 82 rpm
Speed: 0 42.6 22.2 mph

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Dropped my chain on the crank 10 miles in. Crashed on the descent. Really fun day.
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Dropped my chain on the crank 10 miles in. Crashed on the descent. Really fun day.
In the 4s? I think I remember someone in front of me dropping their chain. What team are you on?
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