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The Race Report Thread 2009-2012

Old 03-21-09, 10:42 PM
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Originally Posted by LorenzoNF View Post
Everybody went for it with 1 lap to go, the pace was finally decent but I didn't do as good a job as I would have liked getting position (would have liked to have entered the finishing straight 10th instead of 20th). Just happy with the top 10 and not getting crashed out since some people were pretty sketchy through the chicanes.
Funny thing is... I was right there in 10th at the last turn. And yes, there were a couple sketchy ones through the chicane. I can't believe nothing happened there. I'll post a link to pics in a day or two.
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Old 03-21-09, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
San Dimas Cat 3 Race Report: The suck.

I did ok in the TT on friday, putting in a 16:44 for 49th out of 95 on Glendora Mountain Road. Was hoping for 16:30 and top half of the field, but I got about what I expected.

The road race today is a 7 mile circuit with a long gradual ascent and a rudely steep but relatively short hill. We were doing 8 laps for 56 miles and with a lot of talk of fields ripping apart and 5% time cuts I was getting a little worried.

I got dropped finishing the fifth lap and did the sixth completely solo. Worked with another guy for the last two but finished 10 minutes back from the field, about 2:30 past the time cut. The suck.
Bummer. 5% is a brutal time cut, especially for an amatuer race. I don't think most of the stage races around here have time cuts. I know the Mt. Hood Classic didn't a couple years ago.
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Originally Posted by cmh View Post
Bummer. 5% is a brutal time cut, especially for an amatuer race. I don't think most of the stage races around here have time cuts. I know the Mt. Hood Classic didn't a couple years ago.
It's only because of the fact that it's a very short and technical crit course and usually over 100 people register (99 this year in the 3's, pros had a full field of something like 140)
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Old 03-22-09, 07:17 AM
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Tampa Dowtown Crit Cat 4 and Masters 45.

I raced twice; I sucked twice.

That is all.
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Old 03-22-09, 07:47 AM
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Sat 21st | Uwharrie Wheelmen RR | Cat5 34 & under

2nd RR evar. 4 laps, 27 miles, hilly.

Pretty much stayed in the top 3rd but not in the wind, as prescribed by bf. 2 guys attacked on the last hill and stayed away. About 7 of us left in our group going into the final stretch. Pretty stoked that I'm going to, at worst, finish top 10. ~20, 30, 40 yards from the line, I get entangled w/ another rider, we both hit the deck. I lay there for a while and then get up and carry my bike across the line. Knocked up shifter, broken spoke, shredded jersey, and tons of road rash, but I'm OK.

Hard week, I was dropped from a crit on Tuesday as well. Ughhh.

I think our group passed Sub coming the other way during his warm up though. I yelled Suuuuuubbbbbb....
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Wells Ave "C" Race

My second ever Training Crit was today, quite a bit faster than last week.

Terrible start, couldn't get my cleat into the damn pedal...usually not a problem. Teammates attacked from "GO!", so I quickly worked on moving up and staying out of trouble. More attacks this week compared to last, but no crashes so I'll take that trade. I countered one attack but kept getting boxed in during the others.

2 to GO!...the expected pack split appeared, I bridged the gap and tried to hold my position. The final lap, final turn I found myself boxed in again. I held a real tight turn, found a gap and started my sprint early. I actually started my sprint earlier than normal in fear of getting boxed in again. I started to fade badly towards the line and got pipped for 1st.

Second training race, 2nd again...it can only go downhill from here.

What I learned this week:

-My sprint is "OK", I peaked at 32.5 mph, no lead-out on a false flat, but I'll need to work on sprint endurance.
-My ability quickly accelerate in the same gear is a major strength.

-BMX

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Old 03-22-09, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by ljrichar View Post

Hard week, I was dropped from a crit on Tuesday as well. Ughhh.
The only way you get faster sometimes is by getting dropped. It's a problem. But only if you let it get to you. Keep coming back. Don't ask why, just do as I say and let me know how it works out for you in a couple of months.
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Old 03-22-09, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
San Dimas Cat 3 Race Report: The suck.

I did ok in the TT on friday, putting in a 16:44 for 49th out of 95 on Glendora Mountain Road. Was hoping for 16:30 and top half of the field, but I got about what I expected.

The road race today is a 7 mile circuit with a long gradual ascent and a rudely steep but relatively short hill. We were doing 8 laps for 56 miles and with a lot of talk of fields ripping apart and 5% time cuts I was getting a little worried.

I got dropped finishing the fifth lap and did the sixth completely solo. Worked with another guy for the last two but finished 10 minutes back from the field, about 2:30 past the time cut. The suck.
Sounds brutal with the hill in there. Should be some good pictures of you suffering though
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Old 03-22-09, 01:41 PM
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Land Park Crit. Raced twice (M35+ 4/5 and E4). During the first race I never really felt comfortable but managed to maintain pretty good position all the way through. Coming out of the final turn I was exactly where I wanted to be: 7th position. I dug hard out of the turn and nothing happened. No gas. I watched the 6 ride away and I was now gapped and in the wind. People shot by and I was going backwards like I'd popped a drag chute. 19th.

Second race: E4. Felt a little better. Tried to do as little work as possible. Managed to take a prime ($10 gift card at a LBS), but did a poor job at maintaining position. Came out of the last turn way back, hit the gas and managed to find a little bit of a sprint so this time I was passing people. 19th. Again.

Sigh. This winter I was feeling like an upgrade was right around the corner. Now it's looking totally stalled.
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Old 03-22-09, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by umd View Post
San Dimas Cat 3 Race Report: The suck.

I did ok in the TT on friday, putting in a 16:44 for 49th out of 95 on Glendora Mountain Road. Was hoping for 16:30 and top half of the field, but I got about what I expected.

The road race today is a 7 mile circuit with a long gradual ascent and a rudely steep but relatively short hill. We were doing 8 laps for 56 miles and with a lot of talk of fields ripping apart and 5% time cuts I was getting a little worried.

I got dropped finishing the fifth lap and did the sixth completely solo. Worked with another guy for the last two but finished 10 minutes back from the field, about 2:30 past the time cut. The suck.
I'm going to take some liberties and do my own lazy report.


San Dimas Cat 2 Race Report: The suck.

I did ok in the TT on friday, putting in a 15:33 for 43th out of 95 on Glendora Mountain Road. Was hoping for 15:30 and top half of the field, but I got about what I expected.

The road race today is a 7 mile circuit with a long gradual ascent and a rudely steep but relatively short hill. We were doing 8 laps for 56 miles and with a lot of talk of fields ripping apart and 5% time cuts I was getting a little worried.

I got dropped finishing the fourth lap and pulled out.
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Old 03-22-09, 03:20 PM
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Cliff notes: 3/4 race at bethel. My 3rd race as a 4. Burned a match early in the race and decided to take it a little easy after that. Started cramping towards the end, but still got 14th of 70 (Official said that at the start). I was a little squirrely (wind was pushing me around) and guys in front of me kept swerving to avoid potholes. I felt bad for whoever was behind me though.

Data

Placing: 14/70 (?)
AP: 192
NP:266
Avg Speed: 24.1mph

Longer version:

Had an interesting drive to the start. I was thinking about how this was my 3rd race as a 4 and I hadn't really trained over break (whoops). Saw a cop car out of the corner of my eye and slowed down a hair, the guy who had just convinced me to slow down a little (because he was flying) got pulled over. Sucka!

Got to the start sans warmup and lined up. Found myself next to CDR, which was a good thing since I wanted to say hi to him.

Off we went. The first few laps, I tried to do a better job of drafting than I did in my last race and succeeded. I found myself moving up on the climb and then realized that I was at the front of the pack, where I didn't want to be since I wanted to hide and move up later. Of course, this was after I bridged up to a small break. It got caught about 5 seconds after that, so pack into hiding I went.

At one point I ended up rubbing the tire in front of me, whoops...
People were still shuffling around a bit, especially in the windy back stretch and trying to shift over to the other side as the wind direction changed. I had to move around to compensate, hence a little squirrely. Bleh, stupid.

There were a couple of breaks up the road, but everyone was confused about it. CDR launched off the front to chase down one of them and I followed suit.

There was a point where I was considering dropping out since my lungs had started to hurt, so I just backed off and took the hill seated a few times and that knocked out the stupid notion from my head. I had to back off again since my calves started to cramp again. I really need to figure that out...

5 laps to go, wait really? I started to drift back a little as people swarmed and went into the wind. I followed them up. Moved up till the top 25 or so, by the start of the last lap and continued to try to move up without spending too much time in the wind.

I heard someone go down to the behind to the right, so I moved into the slightly more open right side of the lead up to the hill and gunned it when I had a bit of an opening.

I had to take the long way home to avoid getting boxed in. I crossed the far side of the finish line in 14th. I'll take it.

All in all it was a good race, once I get this calf cramping issue solved I should be able to up the ante a bit.

Weather was beautiful, I finished safely, so all is well. I think the guy who crashed was fine since he landed in the grass.

Edit
: I have a confession. I had my pump and saddle bag on my bike when I lined up. The official told me to get rid of them, and CDR remarked that there was a thread on bf where someone had just been yelled at about this. Noobie mistake. Whoops...
I think I also need to flip my stem. I had my elbows bent in the drop almost the entire time I was riding. Back complained a little. I think I'll drop a spacer first and see how that goes.

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Old 03-22-09, 03:36 PM
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Orosi RR Master 35+ 4/5s
10th of ~40

Orosi is a 60 mile hilly road race with about 5000' of climbing, supposedly the hardest course in the district. One "big" climb, lots of major rollers, some technical descents, and a five mile flat section on each of two loops. Poor pavement, nice scenery.

My field of old slow guys was one of the larger with about 40 riders. After the neutral rollout we hit the major climb and I went to the front so I could navigate the potholes without having to deal with other riders, and not get gapped when the split happened. I succeeded in the first but couldn't quite hang in to a group of 9 that went off the front. I wound up in the second group and we chased hard for a while. One guy from the lead group crashed out. Halfway through the first lap some reinforcements arrived, swelling the group to about 12 including some big guys that I did not want to go to the line with.

On the second lap I attacked on the climb and whittled the group down to four, who worked together well to keep ahead of any chasers. I started the uphill sprint too early and got second of our group, for 10th overall.
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Old 03-22-09, 04:03 PM
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Collegiate A Crit - Notre Dame IN
-I did too much work and got dropped 50 minutes in. I made a few attacks and pulled back one too many breaks. That last break got counter attacked and I was done.
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Old 03-22-09, 04:06 PM
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SMACKDOWN CRIT... WOMEN's OPEN FIELD....
10th overall; 3rd CAT 4... got bumped off the wheel I wanted in the final turn.. real twichie final sprint....
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Old 03-22-09, 04:09 PM
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I did Orosi as well in the 1\2's.
What a race. We did 3 laps 88 miles, over 7000' climbing.
Very hard course.Lots of climbing, technical descending, rough roads and some big rollers as well.
I got 2nd place.!
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Originally Posted by dolophonic View Post
I did Orosi as well in the 1\2's.
What a race. We did 3 laps 88 miles, over 7000' climbing.
Very hard course.Lots of climbing, technical descending, rough roads and some big rollers as well.
I got 2nd place.!
Good job Ben! I remember Orosi from last year... was the gravel still bad on the descents and rolling middle section?
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Thanks. It was a hard day's work.
yup.... one guy went off on that corner on lap 2 just went in too hot. He rode it out cyclocross style but it was close. Another guy wiped out in another turn but was ok.
That really is a great course. Some sections are really rough but it makes it a real race.
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Old 03-22-09, 06:09 PM
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wells ave A (name dropping + amusement), mid-bridge attempt to get up to Justin Spinelli (former Euro pro) and completely cross-eyed Mark McCormack is going easy enough to spend a good 30 seconds berating my lack of pulling...different world...
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Originally Posted by dolophonic View Post
I did Orosi as well in the 1\2's.
What a race. We did 3 laps 88 miles, over 7000' climbing.
Very hard course.Lots of climbing, technical descending, rough roads and some big rollers as well.
I got 2nd place.!
Wow. That's going well. Did your field go hard from the start?

One guy in our race went off on a corner as well. He'd been in the lead group but wound up in ours after getting back up on the road.

Steve, I think there was less gravel than last year, but someone else I talked to after the race said he thought there was more. I had a nice slide in the sand on the road turning off the main highway onto Road 152 on our last lap, but managed to keep it on the road.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Tampa Dowtown Crit Cat 4 and Masters 45.

I raced twice; I sucked twice.

That is all.
same race.

raced Masters 35. made it to the am. finals.

the reward? getting to do it all over again at 5pm.

(i figured the 35+ race had 34 laps to it, that's 204 corners in 57 minutes. add to that the finals race- and my hands, arms and neck are sore today)
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Bariani RR, 35+ CAT5. Wind, Rain,Hail. Finished. Good enough result with a chest cold.
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Upgraded to Cat 4 after feeling decent with a pack finish in the 4/5 crit at The Driveway (in Austin on March 12, opening night)...did my first 3/4 race today, a 24 mile (or maybe 24.8 as I think an extra lap was thrown in) crit at Wells Ave (in the Boston area)...I was riding my brother's white 1989 Trek 1400 (no pictures at present) 7-speed with 105, DT-shifters and biopace chain rings...I cleaned it well; it looks sharp and it feels great, although it is 25 pounds (I also first raced with my own 1400 back in the late 1980s)...

Started 2 rows back from the front at the start as I was a little hesitant...my goal was to stick with the pack as long as I could...couple of guys went off the front immediately...I elected to stay with the pack...about one-third of the way through, I was still with the pack and feeling fine...a handful of riders had been off the front for about 2-4 laps (don't recall exactly) and were up around 100 yards...given this was a 3/4 race, I figured a group could conceivably get away and I sensed that some folks were purposely slowing things down a bit for teammates up in the break group, so, I decided to bridge up...I joined them after a accelerating into the backside turn and a good burst down the back side straight (remaining seated the entire way)...I soon found out that the pack followed me and we were all together again...I recovered reasonably well, and I realized that I probably did not have the strength to stay away myself for very long, if at all

Primes came and went...I thought about jumping for some, but, I was concerned that I would burn a bit too much and might lose contact, so, I held back...with 5 laps to go, I was still feeling fine...I started working my way up closer to the front in hopes of, maybe, contesting in a sprint...with 2 laps to go, my position was decent, not great...things heated up a bit and I was fine...on the bell lap the wheels were spinning pretty well...I was glad that I used a little but of authority in going out into the open when I felt I was behind a dead wheel...things got a little clogged up for me coming out of the last turn heading into the final straight away...I'll need to learn a bit more about positioning and tempo at this level and on this course...I was not in the front group at the sprint, but, the next group just behind...guessing that I came in about 20th-25th out of maybe 50 +/-...a pack finish...I was satisfied!!

I have no stats on the race as I don't have any computer devices...I think I heard that we averaged around 25-26 mph...
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Originally Posted by dolophonic View Post
I did Orosi as well in the 1\2's.
What a race. We did 3 laps 88 miles, over 7000' climbing.
Very hard course.Lots of climbing, technical descending, rough roads and some big rollers as well.
I got 2nd place.!
Wow, well done!
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Originally Posted by bostongarden View Post
Upgraded to Cat 4 after feeling decent with a pack finish in the 4/5 crit at The Driveway (in Austin on March 12, opening night)...did my first 3/4 race today, a 24 mile (or maybe 24.8 as I think an extra lap was thrown in) crit at Wells Ave (in the Boston area)...I was riding my brother's white 1989 Trek 1400 (no pictures at present) 7-speed with 105, DT-shifters and biopace chain rings...I cleaned it well; it looks sharp and it feels great, although it is 25 pounds (I also first raced with my own 1400 back in the late 1980s)...

Started 2 rows back from the front at the start as I was a little hesitant...my goal was to stick with the pack as long as I could...couple of guys went off the front immediately...I elected to stay with the pack...about one-third of the way through, I was still with the pack and feeling fine...a handful of riders had been off the front for about 2-4 laps (don't recall exactly) and were up around 100 yards...given this was a 3/4 race, I figured a group could conceivably get away and I sensed that some folks were purposely slowing things down a bit for teammates up in the break group, so, I decided to bridge up...I joined them after a accelerating into the backside turn and a good burst down the back side straight (remaining seated the entire way)...I soon found out that the pack followed me and we were all together again...I recovered reasonably well, and I realized that I probably did not have the strength to stay away myself for very long, if at all

Primes came and went...I thought about jumping for some, but, I was concerned that I would burn a bit too much and might lose contact, so, I held back...with 5 laps to go, I was still feeling fine...I started working my way up closer to the front in hopes of, maybe, contesting in a sprint...with 2 laps to go, my position was decent, not great...things heated up a bit and I was fine...on the bell lap the wheels were spinning pretty well...I was glad that I used a little but of authority in going out into the open when I felt I was behind a dead wheel...things got a little clogged up for me coming out of the last turn heading into the final straight away...I'll need to learn a bit more about positioning and tempo at this level and on this course...I was not in the front group at the sprint, but, the next group just behind...guessing that I came in about 20th-25th out of maybe 50 +/-...a pack finish...I was satisfied!!

I have no stats on the race as I don't have any computer devices...I think I heard that we averaged around 25-26 mph...
Congrats on the upgrade, and nice work staying aggressive
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Originally Posted by waterrockets View Post
Congrats on the upgrade, and nice work staying aggressive
Thanks...I plan on being at The Driveway on Thursday...I'll be thinking about whether to do the 3/4 or the 4/5...I'm thinking 3/4 as I want to extend myself...there are some darn good riders in that race and I'm not looking forward to being dropped after finally getting to a point where I've been sticking with the pack...but, I suspect it'll stretch me out a bit and help me get to a point where I am in contention for points in some race.
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