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Old 09-22-08, 09:53 AM
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Stupid mistake at the finish...

Our 65 mile race started off at the crack of dawn. It was a little chilly, lots of guys in the group looked pretty strong, and I had no teammates. That's a good feeling haha. After about 5 miles of complete silence in the group, I strike up a conversation with a guy I recognize from the weekend rides. He should be catted up after this race, so I decide to just hang out next to him and pass some time (and make sure he doesn't get away). About 10 miles in, a few weak attacks are launched, but nothing that gets away for more than 1-2 minutes. We sit back in. Mile 20-25 are where the only hills are. I stay towards the front and motor up the short hills with no problem, and some of the guys in the back look to be suffering a bit. More weak attacks from miles 30-50. Around mile 50 I launch one with about 6 other guys. We string out the group pretty good, maybe drop a few of them, but being such a flat race, it's almost impossible to get away. Mile 55, a guy that had been hanging out in the back all day decided to come to the front and drop the hammer. He absolutely drilled it for about 5 miles, but never could get more than 100' off the front without getting reeled in. Mile 60, everyone starts to calm down and the group just bunches up. I'm still at the front, as I have been all day, and noone is making any moves. Crap, I realize it's going to probably be a field sprint. 5k to go, I'm getting antsy, and we bring the pace up a bit. 4k to go, still no sign of anything. 3k to go, I'm sitting on the double yellow line, blocking anyone that might want to go, with riders 4 wide in the lane. 2k to go, I just can't take it anymore, and here's where I make my mistake. I stand up and drop the hammer, going all the way to my 53x12, spun out, slightly downhill. I see a guy trying to catch, so I slow up just a little, hoping he will just come around and think he has me, plus my legs are on FIRE, I forgot how much fatigue sets in at 65 miles of racing. Sure enough, he comes around and trying to counter attack. I stick on his wheel though, and look back. Damn, the guy in front of me has about 6 riders leading the group chasing us down. About as soon as I realize this, the guy in front lets off the pedals and he is cracked. I hesitate for about 10 seconds, knowing that I have about 100' on the group, and I have a little time to think. Screw it I say, I have to make a final effort. I stand on the pedals and come around him, hoping to find my inner Cippollini, but my legs are caving and my speed is weak. 500m to go, I can hear the wheels and chains behind me, 400m to go, I'm totally cracked, gritting my teeth. 200m to go, about 7-8 guys have passed and I'm out of the points and I have no more juice, so I sit up. 100m to go, I'm coasting and see guys duking it out for 20th+ place. I cross the line, no clue where I placed, pissed that all that effort and training to be the strongest out there was ruined by my lack of control at the end.
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Old 09-22-08, 09:55 AM
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You would think with a minor in English that I'd be able to format it correctly. That's what I get for going to Texas A&M. =)
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Our 65 mile race started off at the crack of dawn. It was a little chilly, lots of guys in the group looked pretty strong, and I had no teammates. That's a good feeling haha. After about 5 miles of complete silence in the group, I strike up a conversation with a guy I recognize from the weekend rides. He should be catted up after this race, so I decide to just hang out next to him and pass some time (and make sure he doesn't get away). About 10 miles in, a few weak attacks are launched, but nothing that gets away for more than 1-2 minutes. We sit back in. Mile 20-25 are where the only hills are. I stay towards the front and motor up the short hills with no problem, and some of the guys in the back look to be suffering a bit. More weak attacks from miles 30-50. Around mile 50 I launch one with about 6 other guys. We string out the group pretty good, maybe drop a few of them, but being such a flat race, it's almost impossible to get away. Mile 55, a guy that had been hanging out in the back all day decided to come to the front and drop the hammer. He absolutely drilled it for about 5 miles, but never could get more than 100' off the front without getting reeled in. Mile 60, everyone starts to calm down and the group just bunches up. I'm still at the front, as I have been all day, and noone is making any moves. Crap, I realize it's going to probably be a field sprint. 5k to go, I'm getting antsy, and we bring the pace up a bit. 4k to go, still no sign of anything. 3k to go, I'm sitting on the double yellow line, blocking anyone that might want to go, with riders 4 wide in the lane. 2k to go, I just can't take it anymore, and here's where I make my mistake. I stand up and drop the hammer, going all the way to my 53x12, spun out, slightly downhill. I see a guy trying to catch, so I slow up just a little, hoping he will just come around and think he has me, plus my legs are on FIRE, I forgot how much fatigue sets in at 65 miles of racing. Sure enough, he comes around and trying to counter attack. I stick on his wheel though, and look back. Damn, the guy in front of me has about 6 riders leading the group chasing us down. About as soon as I realize this, the guy in front lets off the pedals and he is cracked. I hesitate for about 10 seconds, knowing that I have about 100' on the group, and I have a little time to think. Screw it I say, I have to make a final effort. I stand on the pedals and come around him, hoping to find my inner Cippollini, but my legs are caving and my speed is weak. 500m to go, I can hear the wheels and chains behind me, 400m to go, I'm totally cracked, gritting my teeth. 200m to go, about 7-8 guys have passed and I'm out of the points and I have no more juice, so I sit up. 100m to go, I'm coasting and see guys duking it out for 20th+ place. I cross the line, no clue where I placed, pissed that all that effort and training to be the strongest out there was ruined by my lack of control at the end.
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Old 09-22-08, 12:28 PM
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We used to call that move Bungee Jumping, you get almost to the end only to get snapped back
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That was Cotton Patch, wasn't it. Which cat? It sure sounds like it (I also raced it). Had you asked me, I could've told you Friday that it's gonna be a pack sprint.

Flat course, no wind = pack sprint
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You would think with a minor in English that I'd be able to format it correctly. That's what I get for going to Texas A&M. =)
At least they have a killer football stadium. That's what is important in Amerikan education.


After seeing Creakyknees post I actually went back to read the OP. I am curious to know which category race. I'm suspecting cat4 except no mention of the horrific crash at the end.

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Old 09-22-08, 03:20 PM
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Yep it was the Cat 4's at the Cotton Patch. And no, I wasn't the guy in the A&M jersey, although I did go to school with him some time ago. He's pretty strong in the crits, but he says his endurance for longer races is suspect. (I call bs on that, but whatever lol) I was in the yellow/black/white kit.

I didn't mention the crash because, well, I dunno... but it was the most horrific crash I've seen that didn't envolve hitting a vehicle or animal... I heard he cracked his skull, but then again, it was a rumor last I heard.
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Was that dude that drilled it for 5 miles in a Red/Black/White PACC kit?
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Well from talking to guys at the crit yesterday, 2 guys went to the hospital Saturday, and they both were released on Sunday.

I was in the 35+ race and we also had a pileup during the sprint windup, but I didn't hang around to assess the damage.
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Doggus, it was mainly black/red if I remember, but may have had a little white. He was a taller guy if that helps.
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are you saying that you should have waited for the field sprint? would you have won a field sprint? if the answer is no, then I would assert that you didnt make so much of a mental error as you just didnt have the legs.
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Doggus, it was mainly black/red if I remember, but may have had a little white. He was a taller guy if that helps.
I'm just toying with ya. That was me. Yes I'm taller, 6'2".

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Mile 55, a guy that had been hanging out in the back all day decided to come to the front and drop the hammer.
Facts are just a wee bit off. I only sat in the back for about the first ten miles while two of my teammates were up there putting in digs. You probably confused me with a couple of my other teammates who are tall, dark haired etc. One did sit back there all day, he was supposed to.

I attacked previous to that long pull at mid-race just after the last Leonard Leviathan. Remember the two dudes up the road that I bridged too and they did nothing? Still confused why they wouldn't help their own cause. I was ready to pull and pull and pull at that point and help create a larger gap.

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He absolutely drilled it for about 5 miles, but never could get more than 100' off the front without getting reeled in.
No gap was intended. If there was a separation in the line - good, I never saw it. I always saw the shadow of someone on my wheel. I was supposed to wear some people out who were hanging out up there. We've done that before and it's launched a teammate off the front for a win down at Copperas Cove twice. He usually attacks just after I burn my last match. We got second this time.
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I have a strong sprint... should have used it at the right time, as I don't think anyone else would've matched it if I jumped at the right time. Coulda woulda shoulda right? =)
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Cat4s always go too early at Cottonpatch. They can see the white tent from a mile off at the bottom of the hill. Makes em think they can sprint like pros but then they get caught in the flat just before. I just sat and watched to see who'd go first and I picked the other group who sat and watched knowing they'd drag me past you guys and I'd at least place better.

When you got no sprint like me, you have to leech off the right people to get to the line.
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Ha, there were so many of you in that race it was hard to know who was who. I remember a break getting going, but they never got too far. They seemed to let up just as they got away, and a few people started to react to your bridge, which drug the group up pretty fast I thought. Could be wrong though. Either way, you threw down some attacks that had quite a few people getting scared.
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