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Old 02-16-09, 11:10 AM
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Cherry Pie RR in OBRAland

First race of my first full season as a CAT 3. 52 miles ((2) 26mile laps) of a mainly flat to slightly rolling course with a pretty steep hill planted at the end of each lap. Half of each lap was into a really strong headwind, the other half was tail/cross wind.

Last year as a cat 4 I got antsy @ mile 13 the took off solo into the headwind with thoughts of glory. I lasted about an hour on my own before getting caught. Barley had enough gas at the end for an 17th place finish. Teammates tell me all the time to race smarter, and I try, but I get antsy.

This year I did really good for the first lap staying out of the wind in the top 20 spots. It was real herky-jerky the first 10 miles or so with a large amount of speed up, slow down crap. Couple guys stopped paying attention, touched and went down. I came skidding to a near stop just before riding into the whole mess, was able to find a clear path, and sprint to latch back on to the main pack.

2nd lap starts into the mighty headwind, and I find myself kinda off the front with nobody chasing. Oh what the hell, I put my head down and keep cranking. Nice size gap opens, then finally 3 guys bridge and away we go. Well the peleton must not have liked the make up of our little group, and brought us back in after about 10 mins or so.

Instead of just sitting in and waiting for the final sprint up the finish hill like I should have, I tried repeatively to attack and get a break going. I burned matches like I owned the match factory. Finally I calmed down with @ 8 miles to go, rested in the top 10 and waited for the finish. We hit the first hill, I went VO2, when I looked back the group was decimated. Hit the finish hill, passed a few more guys, but couldn't bring back the leaders. Placed 6th or 7th, still waiting on the final results.

Overall glad to start racing again, and glad that winter training has kept me from being pack fodder. Now if I could just smarten up.
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Nice job. I agree, that field was kinda' sketchy....one bad crash early on, then two guys went wide on the curves heading south on lap 2 and flew off the road at 25+ mph and finally those guys that bumped causing another sudden braking episode. There was a lot of "slowing" going on that race. Gotta' love the early season races.

Myself, I was tactically stupid and didn't move up enough before we hit the last two climbs. I might of had a podium finish otherwise as I gained tons ground on everyone that was blowing apart on the hills.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:21 PM
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Congrats. Hope you learned a lot from the race.
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Teammate of mine crashed and broke his collar bone in that race.
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Teammate of mine crashed and broke his collar bone in that race.
Sorry to hear that. Was in that big crash on the first lap?
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Originally Posted by spunky View Post
Myself, I was tactically stupid and didn't move up enough before we hit the last two climbs. I might of had a podium finish otherwise as I gained tons ground on everyone that was blowing apart on the hills.
Spunky, what place did you get? Looks like they have me as 6th in the newspaper results.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:51 PM
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Originally Posted by spunky View Post
Sorry to hear that. Was in that big crash on the first lap?
Don't have the details yet, but probably.

There was a bunch of crashes yesterday, 4 in the women's cat4 alone.
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Old 02-16-09, 12:55 PM
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When are the results coming out? Do you know if there were any photographers there?

I was in the Cat 5b's, my first race ever. It was a blast! We ended up catching the womens group right before the last corner which really screwed up most of the 5b group, not me though
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Originally Posted by brendon_ak View Post
When are the results coming out? Do you know if there were any photographers there?

I was in the Cat 5b's, my first race ever. It was a blast! We ended up catching the womens group right before the last corner which really screwed up most of the 5b group, not me though
They're not up on obra yet but you can see them at the bottom of this article:
http://www.gazettetimes.com/articles...kerace0216.txt

I was in that race, nowhere near the front though.

How did you do?
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Old 02-16-09, 01:52 PM
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Nice job everyone. Sorry about your teammate Mongo. One of my teammates went down in the 3s as well.

This was my first P12 road race and I am really happy with how it went. I sat in for the first lap, then was at the front pretending to be a bike racer for most of the 2nd lap. I went with a couple of attacks that didn't gain any ground, and generally pulled through when I found myself on the front, but didn't do any serious chasing. I was pretty surprised that none of the breaks stuck in our race. There was one break that had at least 8 guys, maybe 30 seconds on the field and was well represented. I guess they weren't working together because the pack brought them back without any serious chase. I finished 16th.
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Mongo, are those the official results? I was definately first across the line in the b's, not sure who those other guys are. Is it possible that they got dropped by the 5a category?

It doesn't even list my team mate in the 5b category, and it says that there was a guy 20 mins ahead of us, when there were only 2 breaks on the whole group, both of which we caught.

wtf is going on
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Old 02-16-09, 02:27 PM
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Hey fishmel, did you see my buddy John Kim? He races Cat-3 for BBC (green and yellow) and should have finished near you.
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They aren't official results. Keep checking the OBRA site. That's where you'll find the official results.

I was in the Cat4 group. Not a spectacular race, but it was pretty smooth and there were no crashes, just a few gravel surfers.

MIN: John Kim was definitely there. I wasn't in his race, but said "hi" before the race went off. He and I got to know each other in the 5's last year.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
They aren't official results. Keep checking the OBRA site. That's where you'll find the official results.

I was in the Cat4 group. Not a spectacular race, but it was pretty smooth and there were no crashes, just a few gravel surfers.

MIN: John Kim was definitely there. I wasn't in his race, but said "hi" before the race went off. He and I got to know each other in the 5's last year.
Good to hear you know him! We've been riding together since we were kids and he finally started to ramp up his racing and moved up to Cat-3 quickly.
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Originally Posted by brendon_ak View Post
Mongo, are those the official results? I was definately first across the line in the b's, not sure who those other guys are. Is it possible that they got dropped by the 5a category?

It doesn't even list my team mate in the 5b category, and it says that there was a guy 20 mins ahead of us, when there were only 2 breaks on the whole group, both of which we caught.

wtf is going on
I don't think they're official, they probably got them from results posted up after the races.

There was some confusion about the results when they were doing the podiums, probably why the official results aren't up yet.

Congrats on the W
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Well, according to that I only got 6th or something, but thanks anyways!

I was a few hours late to my ceremony (;P), and said I won the 5b's, and the lady just handed me an envelope and a pie. Hell, if it was that easy I wouldn't of bothered to race!

Supposedly the results are up within 24hrs of the race?

What kit were you in?

Man, you know what pissed me off? People hitting their brakes, up front, on the descents! It was so annoying!
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I went off in the 40+ 4/5 (I'm a 4) race. I got into three breaks, The first was into the headwind with 4 other guys. The head wind killed us even though we were working well together. The second time I got off with two other guys and the lead car stopped at an intersection and we basically came to a stop behind it. I was yelling at them to GO!! and finally they realized what was happening and took off. By that time, the gap had closed to the point that we let up and got pulled back in. The third break went of with about 5k to go and 8 of us got off. There was an accident somewhere behind around the time we broke, so that may have helped us a bit... but this one pretty much stuck, but I popped on the hill just before the finishing hill. I managed to pick off a couple more guys and ended up 6th or 7th. The 60+ guys were racing with us and I think one of them finished just ahead of me. I guess I'll see when the OBRA results are posted. This is my second racing year (I started later in life...) and probably the first race where I wasn't in an adrenalin induced haze for most of the time. Good stuff...

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Originally Posted by MIN View Post
Hey fishmel, did you see my buddy John Kim? He races Cat-3 for BBC (green and yellow) and should have finished near you.
MIN, I know John pretty well (from a "I have raced with him alot" ). We kid each other all the time cause he is such a good sprinter, and I am more of a TT type of guy. Actually John is very good all the way around. I am pretty sure he got 7th, he crossed the line right after I did.

Nice job Dean! Way to start your year off, now get in a race that goes more than one lap

cmh, nice showing in the P/1/2s, was it as hard as you thought it would be?
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Originally Posted by fishmel View Post
Spunky, what place did you get? Looks like they have me as 6th in the newspaper results.
According to the paper I was 19th....thought I was a bit higher than that. But like I say, I was stupid and was at the back of the field when we hit the first hill and wasted a lot of energy just moving up field. It was pretty chaotic.
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Originally Posted by fishmel View Post

cmh, nice showing in the P/1/2s, was it as hard as you thought it would be?
It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but it is early in the season and I think a lot of the really fast guys weren't there. It was hard up some of the hills (even though they are pretty small), and tough at other times as well, but mostly it wasn't bad. I'm sure it will get a lot harder as we get closer to summer. Next up for me is Banana Belt, which I expect to be tough.
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Originally Posted by fishmel View Post
MIN, I know John pretty well (from a "I have raced with him alot" ). We kid each other all the time cause he is such a good sprinter, and I am more of a TT type of guy. Actually John is very good all the way around. I am pretty sure he got 7th, he crossed the line right after I did.

Nice job Dean! Way to start your year off, now get in a race that goes more than one lap

cmh, nice showing in the P/1/2s, was it as hard as you thought it would be?
Ya, I know, us old guys have it easy as far as the distance goes... We had crappier weather though!

Good job in your race! I was yelling for you to go from one of the driveways, I'm sure it was instrumental in your good finish....

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Official results are out gents, how'd everyone do?

http://app.obra.org/results/2009/Road/13821
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Originally Posted by brendon_ak View Post
Official results are out gents, how'd everyone do?

http://app.obra.org/results/2009/Road/13821
Hey congrats!

I got 34th.
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Remember you have 24 hours (from posting on the internet) to submit corrections or a protest for the order of finish.
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What about pictures? Was there anyone taking pictures of the finish?
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