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Battenkill 2009 - the Official Roll Call

Old 04-10-09, 10:47 PM
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Battenkill 2009 - the Official Roll Call

Okay. The Tour of the Battenkill is one week from today. You've trained. You've planned your strategy. You've registered. You've done the miles on dirt. Feeling slow? It's too late to do anything about it. It's time to suffer. It's a new course this year. More dirt. Less climbing - but more double-digit grades. More wind. More pain. Who's in for this year's BKR?

I'm in for the Men's 4 White race, riding for NCC. I have two teammates, but there are some big teams in this race. I'm hoping that this will be like most Cat 4 races, especially tough ones, and that team tactics won't be a factor, because we just don't have the depth. My teammate Austin is a frickin' beast right now. If he's recovered from his concussion and he rides smart, I'll be expecting a good result from him. My plan? Make the cut at Juniper Swamp. Hide, hide, hide from the wind all day. Stay with the front group, but save energy. The 'A' plan, if this works, is to hide from the wind and conserve energy until Stage Rd. That's the one place where I can be in it to win it, or place well. The 'B' plan, the plan that I am more likely to follow, is this: survive. This will be a hard, hard race, and I am far from my peak fitness. I can climb, though, and I can handle myself confidently on dirt. It will hurt, but it'll be a good hurt. I hope to see a lot of you there!
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^I've got my doubts that things will be cohesive enough to hide and conserve all the way to stage road.

I'll be riding for Kissena CC, with a grip of teammates, in the 4 White.
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^I've got my doubts that things will be cohesive enough to hide and conserve all the way to stage road.

I'll be riding for Kissena CC, with a grip of teammates, in the 4 White.
That's one big reason that I have severe doubts about pulling it off. I will try my best, but if the race is exposed to the wind, I cannot do well. You're in my race - see you there!
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An unforeseen medical issue has taken me out of the race- if anyone knows of someone looking to get into the cat4 black race, message me.

I've been telling everyone, I expect extra detailed race reports!
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Cat5 u35 here. First year of racing so I have one plan..survive. I have been getting the training in so I am just curious how it will go, I have yet to ride the course. I only have one teammate in my race although we have about 11 going down.

Anyone know when they will announce the pro teams rosters for Sunday?

On a side note, my race is the first to go off. Floyd is also racing Saturday (so says BikeReg.com). Meaning I will be on the same course ahead of Floyd, so this means I am beating him right? I like to think so. Makes sense in my mind :-)
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Old 04-12-09, 06:26 PM
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I just did Ronde van Pelhammeren on Saturday, a ride run by a guy in the local club that takes in many miles of nasty dirt roads, many of them steep up and down hills, in the area around Pelham, Massachusetts. 42 miles, lots of dirt. I found myself suffering on the dirt hills, to be sure - but I was trying to hang with the Cat 3 and 2 guys who had come out to stretch their legs. I was getting gapped by them, sure, but riding as strong or better than the guys who are more at my strength level in the club. A good sign, for sure. Battenkill is another 20 miles and I still don't think that trying to take long pulls in the wind is a good idea, but I've increased my confidence a bit. Now I'm just shutting it down and trying to recover for the race.

SwimBike, just make sure you stay ahead of Floyd on the course!

Shane - bummer, man. I'll be sure to post a full report! Get better soon.
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This won't be like any Cat 4 races you've done. By 20 miles in the field will be blown apart on the roads and you'll be racing in/among the other fields that have also been blown apart.

I'll miss it this year.. well. that is.. .i won't be there. I won't necessarily "miss it."
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I'm number 7 on the CAT 5 u35 wait list. I will be going out there with my team in hopes of there being a no show and nobody from above me on the wait list bothering to show up.
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Does anyone know of anyone who has a seat that is riding from the NYC area friday night or saturday morning to Battenkill?
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I'm there in the cat3 BLUE field.... with drOdonnel and many other very strong dudes... getting my wheelsucking face ready and hoping for rain!

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Good luck guys!
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Come on guys, I've been waiting months to here how this would play out for you. Gimme the details.
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What happened? Did the race kill anyone?
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just the battens.
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Cat 3 green, took 3rd place, psyched, sore, tired, not enough energy for more details.
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Originally Posted by irish pat View Post
Cat 3 green, took 3rd place, psyched, sore, tired, not enough energy for more details.
You are an animal irish pat.

Are there results posted anywhere yet?
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Old 04-18-09, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
You are an animal irish pat.

Are there results posted anywhere yet?
Thanks Pcad, I haven't been able to locate any results yet, but here's a pic of me on the podium, celebrating with my chocolate milk
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Patrick, you have no idea how much I wanted that chocolate milk...

10th or 11th (so I've been told) for me in the same field as Pat. My climbing legs aint here yet, but my base is obnoxiously large, which let me TT back to the front after most of the climbs. Super disappointed yes, but I keep telling myself this is like week 2 of build for me. Hope it pays off later in the season...
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ugh. rode the race in the lead group, with a mangled hanger from mile 20 that limited my low end to a 39x17. tough stuff. ate **** on a fast gravel descent in order to avoid some skidding dudes. loved every minute of it - in hindsight.
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Can we start next year's roll call? I'm there. Nice job guys.
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It doesn't show all the races or all the fields, there were 125 in most fields except the 5's
They had four Cat 4 fields and two or three CAT 3 fields full, Epic racing.
http://cyclingnews.com/road.php?id=r.../battenkill091
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I'd like to point out the guys on the podium in last year's Cat4 red field (Warren, Clifford, Peppo) are the same three guys on the podium this year...but in the cat 3 green field! You *******s are strong! Congratulations, Pat!
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Originally Posted by Davey View Post
I'd like to point out the guys on the podium in last year's Cat4 red field (Warren, Clifford, Peppo) are the same three guys on the podium this year...but in the cat 3 green field! You *******s are strong! Congratulations, Pat!
Thanks Davey well done to you as well.
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Originally Posted by irish pat View Post
Thanks Pcad, I haven't been able to locate any results yet, but here's a pic of me on the podium, celebrating with my chocolate milk
That chocolate milk was ****ing good! Although I needed to buy mine .
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Holy...! That race was absurdly epic. After finishing that race, I can say that I came face to face with two major problems. First, my base simply isn't deep enough for me to have any business entering a race that long. After mile 40 or so I'm really running down, and by mile 50 I was hitting the frickin' wall, I just had no energy left. Not a bonk, simply refusal of my aerobic system to cooperate with putting out the power. This would have been less of a problem if not for problem two: hydration. Or, more correctly, electrolytes. Things were going okay. I didn't make the lead group over Juniper Swamp, but I was in the large chase group that had formed behind it and was doing a good effort of staying in this group, taking my short pulls and working. Yeah, it hurt, but it's a race. And then I started to cramp. I could feel every single muscle in my legs, including those tiny little transverse muscles at the back my knees, and it was just a matter of time. It turned out that it was my right hamstring that went first. OW. This was at maybe mile 23. Not a good time to be cramping up in a 62-mile race. I eventually caught onto another reasonably large chase group, still at more or less the mid-way point of the field, perhaps 50 riders back from the leaders, but that fell apart 40 or so miles in, I cramped again, and then I just ran out of energy. I don't really know just how far back I finished, but I got passed by the Cat 4 Red field at about 50 miles, then by the Cat 2s (!) with about 2 to go. Ouch. Oh, and did I mention that it started raining about halfway into the race?

All things considered, I'm proud to have finished such a ridiculously epic race. The dirt hills were incredibly steep, the paved parts that followed them weren't really much easier, as they were often rolling and sometimes had steep hills themselves. I was throwing up in my mouth a bit trying to chase the lead group. I did make a cool discovery though, which was that I can push the pain and suffering to the back of my mind and make my body do what I tell it to. It was strange, to be aware of the fact that my legs really hurt, but to have a totally clear mind, focused simply on doing what I had to do, like get to the top of this hill. I could only do it for short periods of time, and once I was truly exhausted it was no longer really possible, but it's clearly something that will come with practice. I guess that's what they mean when they talk about knowing how to suffer.

I have no idea what my placing was, and the results don't appear to have been posted yet, but it was far enough back that it doesn't really matter. Lesson learned - I need more experience to do well in a race like this. I was active during the first part of the race, and I don't think the problem is really a lack of power, per se, though more would be nice. I was following wheels and jockeying for position before the first big climb. I do wish I had tried harder on Juniper Swamp, but oh well. I did my best. Like I said, I'm glad I finished. I even had pretty good morale for the middle third of the race. I don't know that I'll be back next near, as I will be far away, but I hope to return someday and make a better showing of it!
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