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Helmet Cam: Circuit Francis J Clarke, April 18, 2010, Final Bethel Spring Series

Old 04-28-10, 08:08 PM
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Helmet Cam: Circuit Francis J Clarke, April 18, 2010, Final Bethel Spring Series

So that Wanders can go to work happy tomorrow, I'll post the YouTube clip a day early. Blog post will go up as soon as the date changes.

For now, the clip.

It was one of the best races I've ever done. Excellent teamwork, with teammates I barely know, but who I trust implicitly. My leadout man? First time I ever saw him on a bike!

I was active, much more than I thought. After the race I thought I raced pretty conservatively, but when I watched the footage, I was astonished at how much energy I used to counter moves.


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Another amazing video, congrats on the series!
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Hello cdr,

Great video and very smart race on your and your teammates' parts. Congratulations!
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Awesome. I love the Wait! Panic at the end. Cliff is strong, and that was an awesome leadout.
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Old 04-28-10, 08:43 PM
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Awesome stuff - btw did you smack your helmet on the stem/bars for the throw at the finish?

I wish I could accelerate like that...
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Helllllllllllll yesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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That was awesome, congrats! Mind if I ask what the power numbers were during the final sprint (after the leadout)?
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Congrats! Thanks again for another great video!!
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Wow, some seriously entertaining (and educational) video there. Thanks for the awesome video!
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i say damn, that was a nice video & congrats. i'm just a bit surprised how all the people ahead on the final lap were blown up & you passed them as if they were standing still. what do you think happened & is this common in a 3/4 crit?
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(more than a) couple things:

Before anything else, thanks for watching, thanks for the comments.

1. Yes, I slammed my helmet into the stem. Nothing happened, can't find evidence of it on the helmet or the stem. I wasn't aware of it at the finish. In fact, after I finished I claimed not to have thrown my bike at the line. I reviewed the clip shortly after the finish on a Windows machine and I realized I hit my helmet, so I checked. Nothing.

In the sprint I looked a couple times for Bryan - when I went to the left curb I saw him going to the right of the three guys. I looked right after I went past the 3 guys and didn't see him. I had a moment of panic when I thought he was waaaay out in front of me, but then I realized he wasn't. It's a lot of thinking to do in about 10 feet of pavement but I knew I'd won the Series when I crossed the line - I even did a mini fist pump that you can kind of catch.

2. Power - looks like I sprinted 17 seconds. 1136w peak/jump, 882 avg for 17 seconds. These numbers are low for a max effort for me but I can see why - my heart rate. It was 165 bpm when I launched, which is very high for me. 173 bpm by the end of the sprint - I figure I had another 3-5 seconds of effort in my legs but it would have been painful. 106 rpm avg, 115 max rpm, again, very high for me (usually I'm 20-30 rpm lower). 34.4 mph max, 31.5 mph avg, which is about right for the hill, maybe 1 mph faster than normal. Max speed 4 seconds into sprint. I was "soft pedaling" when Cliff exploded, but that was "only" 425 watts (I was coasting just before that).

3. Leadout (I was curious so I looked closely) - We were going 30.1 mph when Cliff ramped it up. He got to 34.8 mph, into a cross headwind, which is pretty fast. When he blew he was going 33.1 mph so he held it pretty well. I only hit 622 watts peak (!) to follow him. Averaged 356 watts for 23 seconds. HR went to 169, I was already recovering while on his wheel, dropping back to 165 before I started the sprint.

If you recall the Bethel CDP Gold Race, I moved up on the backstretch at 35-36 mph, but it was in tailwind conditions. Someone in desperate straights could have done the same in this race, but they'd have been in more wind. For example, had I not had teammates, I'd have surfed the Pawling guys until a surge went past, then I'd have had to jump for the surge, then jump for the sprint. Someone told me that Bryan took my wheel before Cliff started the leadout so he lost his advantage with team numbers. If Bryan had either jumped away on his own to the break, or had Stephen go, bridge, and pull like mad, there'd have been 6-7 places up the road. If I didn't get 7th Bryan would have won the Series. I think that everyone was getting tired though.

When Cliff screamed on the backstretch I thought, "Crap, I just lost the race". But he kept going. I yelled to get another 1-2 pedal strokes out of him, but he finally and totally exploded. If you watch the finish line clip, he doesn't even make it past the camera before the clip ends (it stops with him just in front of the camera). And he pulled off with less than 200 meters to go, probably 170 or so. Heck, coasting at 33 mph would have covered 1/3 of the hill. It shows just how deep he went to lead me out. I think he averaged 150 watts higher than me for the race so he worked hard.

I'm glad you guys asked about power because, frankly, once I saw that my highest peak was that first countermove early in the race and it was only 1200 watts, I lost all interest in the power data. I never looked closely at it until just now. Heh.

4. When folks commit to a break, they commit. The guys up front were totally tweaked, including my teammate Lance. The hill is not that easy, especially coming off of a headwind backstretch, if you're not being led out There was this one guy that would attack every week a while ago (10 years now?). He'd go, get 30-60 seconds, and my team would lead me out for second. They'd totally ramp it up on the last lap, and each week I caught him. The leadout would catch him at the bottom of the hill. Or I'd catch him halfway up. Or near the top (like those last 3 I passed). Once I caught him about 5-10 feet from the line. We felt kind of bad for him - one of my teammates asked why this guy kept breaking away. I replied that it was his strength, and he had to try and maximize what he did best. Well, the next week he did it right - I caught him at the line but he won. That guy is a strong Cat 2 now.

Obviously this race meant a lot to me, at all different levels. I'm still totally psyched that I caught it on the helmet cam, that the mic actually works, that the HD is nice to look at, etc etc. I still watch it and can't believe it happened to me, seems totally unreal.

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it's strange watching videos of people you know, from the other side of the atlantic.

one question: yellow line rule in a crit?
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it's strange watching videos of people you know, from the other side of the atlantic.

one question: yellow line rule in a crit?
Yellow line rule on the course except the hill. Problem was that cars were going too slow, even if they were on the wrong side of the road. We couldn't get the cars to go faster so the officials decided yellow line for the non-hill parts of the course.
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the course isn't closed?
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the course isn't closed?
No, town won't allow it. Businesses are open that day. In fact, the parking lot for the new indoor registration area is sometimes full due to volleyball tournaments, and there are at least 6x16 spots in there (6 tenants, 16 spots each). Only way to that parking lot - through the course. Almost lost the race this year (the volleyball place went in last July), building was finished only a year or two ago.

On a volleyball day we also had an archery competition, gymnastics meet, and something else. Usually a half marathon goes by on Rte 53 and they semi-close roads for that. We even had, for two years, soapbox derby races just off of Turn 2. I went over and watched for about 15 minutes, it was really cool.
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so you have to dodge cars and arrows? god, i love the nutmeg state!
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Singer-Link (Binghamton Circuit) is like that. It gets interesting when a truck pulls out of the truck wash.
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The road is pretty wide, and there's only 1 real corner after the hill, so it's slow. Pretty easy to stay to the right of the yellow.
Plainville spring series is a little sketchier with cars.
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Nice work. I loved the "woosh woosh woosh woosh woosh DONK" finishing sound .
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Great video CDR. You should also post both of these in the video thread in the 41.
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Really cool to watch, CDR. It weird, when I watch your stuff my legs start getting that tingling-shakey-time to pedal thing going on.

You must be a pretty decent guy in real life, too. It's easy to have a lot of friend in a race if you suck, but to have lots of friends and be a strong competitor is quite a statement. Keep up the good work.
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Originally Posted by Quel View Post
Nice work. I loved the "woosh woosh woosh woosh woosh DONK" finishing sound .
hahahaha Okay, put that way...

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Great video CDR. You should also post both of these in the video thread in the 41.
Forgot about that. Will do.
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Originally Posted by Fat Boy View Post
Really cool to watch, CDR. It weird, when I watch your stuff my legs start getting that tingling-shakey-time to pedal thing going on.

This.

Happens every time I watch a CDR vid. Another excellent video, lots to learn from it. Congrats on the victory!
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