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first race...least I didn't crash!

Old 02-15-09, 01:46 PM
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first race...least I didn't crash!

well I did my first race, got there at 9 am for my 12pm race, the 35+ guys were just finishing up when I got there and when I signed in they were sprinting to to finish and a horrific crash out of the last turn, bikes flying bodies flying, took out the entire field pretty much....ambulances came, etc...not what I want to see for my first race, and my mom was ready to leaveguy ended up slicing his leg down to the bone, broke his collar bone, and wrist, and another rider broke his FEMUR....like I said a REALLY bad wreck, guy ended up going off course and coming back on and took out the whole field behind him....

so this delayed my race by over an hour...so I sat there watching, warmed up about 45 mins prior to my race just slow spinning and a few sprints to warm the legs up...

started at the front, got clipped in WHEW! and off we went, 47 riders, mixed cat4/5 and the last race in a mini series I noticed only myself and maybe 10 other riders weren't racing for teams...

the first few laps were BRUTAL, attack attack attack, I was having trouble keeping in the top 15 and slowly sank back...knew I was in trouble here as the slinky affect was pretty big back here and I was starting to fall back.

DING DING DING, here comes a prime and POP I go....I just couldn't maintain the pace and the sprint for the prime did me in. I think the prime was on lap 8 or 9. I was surprised I wasn't the only, and wasn't the first guy out of the race, at least 10 others dropped before me. after talking to the other riders they all said this was the fastest/hardest cat4/5 race they had been in and the teams were punishing the other riders.

think I did OKAY for staying up on 2 wheels, not crashing into anyone, and holding on to the first prime...I only have 2,000 miles under the belt.

will definitely be doing it again...found some guys that ride during the week on the race course for practice


To anyone thinking about racing...get out there and do it , its completely different from any other bike riding the adrenaline is INSANE, and I'm definitely hooked.


Chad

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Old 02-15-09, 01:55 PM
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Down in Miami or in Dade City?

edit: Nevermind. 12:00 start means it wasn't Dade City. Good going on the first race!
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Old 02-15-09, 01:57 PM
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Congrats, and way to keep the rubber on the road.
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Old 02-15-09, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by mikearena View Post
Down in Miami or in Dade City?

edit: Nevermind. 12:00 start means it wasn't Dade City. Good going on the first race!
it was the rosewood series at Brian Piccolo heard the fields were small because of the Dade City race.


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Old 02-15-09, 01:59 PM
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Nice one!
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Nice job, for your next race try to get in a cat 5 field. The 4/5s tend to be faster and new racers always have trouble staying till the end. Other than that, good job and I'm glad to hear you had fun.
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Old 02-15-09, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by aperez8264 View Post
Nice job, for your next race try to get in a cat 5 field. The 4/5s tend to be faster and new racers always have trouble staying till the end. Other than that, good job and I'm glad to hear you had fun.
I would love to get in a cat 5 only race...90% of the races down here are cat4/5 and team driven.

is it normal for a cat 4/5 race to be 45 mins +3 laps as well?

I thought most were around 30-35mins.

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it's all fun and games until that friggin bell rings. If you're near redline and you hear that. ****.

However, when it really hurts dig, dig, dig -- the pack almost always slows down after crossing the line, all you have to do is hang on until then.

Good job -- sounds like it was fast, and avoiding the wreck means you've already won (sorta)
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Old 02-16-09, 01:14 PM
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I was there with him, it was a tough race, I finished 19th. lol

I managed to reel in the (first) breakaway by myself, and I missed the prime by 3 positions... damn.

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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
it's all fun and games until that friggin bell rings. If you're near redline and you hear that. ****.

However, when it really hurts dig, dig, dig -- the pack almost always slows down after crossing the line, all you have to do is hang on until then.

Good job -- sounds like it was fast, and avoiding the wreck means you've already won (sorta)
yeah I knew that going into it I was like HOLD ON they will slow down...still didn't stop me from going OTB, and of course soon as I did they slowed.

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Old 02-16-09, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Nimitz87 View Post
yeah I knew that going into it I was like HOLD ON they will slow down...still didn't stop me from going OTB, and of course soon as I did they slowed.

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Sounds like a good scene down there. These longer and faster cat 4/5 races are better for you as a learning experience than cat 5 only races would be. Think of it this way, you are spending money to get your mass starts for upgrade. Cat 5 only races are shorter and slower. By doing the harder 4/5 races you have a much better idea about what you need to improve. You won't gain as much by the time you upgrade if you stick to cat 5 only races.
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Originally Posted by mmmdonuts View Post
Sounds like a good scene down there. These longer and faster cat 4/5 races are better for you as a learning experience than cat 5 only races would be. Think of it this way, you are spending money to get your mass starts for upgrade. Cat 5 only races are shorter and slower. By doing the harder 4/5 races you have a much better idea about what you need to improve. You won't gain as much by the time you upgrade if you stick to cat 5 only races.
good point, the length was the same as the 35+ and 45+ fields, IIRC same as 1/2/3 as well.

fields are bigger in the cat 4/5 races as well.

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