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The Driveway

Old 05-08-10, 06:46 PM
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The Driveway

Hey all, I have a confession. I have to admit that we road racers here in Austin are probably the most spoiled, pampered lot in the country. Why? Well you see from spring to fall, we get to race in probably the most incredible weekly crit series in the country. Now, seeing how I haven't raced that many venues in the country I'll have to defer that opinion to others experiences. However, there's no denying the setup is pretty sweet. It's a closed course, LeMans style race car track that they open up to bike racing on Thursday nights. Imagine racing on a race car track! It's friggin' awesome! Anyway, thought I'd share some pics I recently took out there.

Here's one with Waterrockets in the middle:



Here's EDR taking a flyer off the front and buzzing the photog (me) while he's at it:







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another with WR:



EDR and WR touch wheels in a turn. End result - EDR is ready for a part in 'The Mummy Returns'. None the worse for wear though:



No, this isn't Lance, but is a buddy of his:









Great shot of my teammate winning a couple weeks ago. Love the look on the other two guys faces:



EDR and his teammate Jonathan not in their happy place:

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Nice! Thanks for posting those Rav!!
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Thanks Mike. Although this might make even more people want to move here. Perhaps it's a mistake....

Here's my friend Dave, another photog by the way (and a darn good one), making sure I get his best side. Actually, I knew the rider looked at me but didn't know who it was until I got home and edited the pics:



occasionally you catch something funny. This is the 4/5 race right after coming up 'the corkscrew'. There's always a lot of *****ing right in this area because the road goes from wide to narrow, up a steep little wall of a 'hill' with a sharp turn at the top. Of course in the 4/5's this is a recipe for crankyness. Case in point:



another funny one in roughly the same area. I thought about doing a 'create a caption' contest with this one:

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Great shots Ravenmore! Good seeing you out there again.

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another funny one in roughly the same area. I thought about doing a 'create a caption' contest with this one:

Caption. Hmm.

"See! I told you I could look more like a parachute than you!"
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Old 05-08-10, 08:38 PM
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Yeah the Driveway is an awesome series; it's really impressive what Holland has done.

But

Everybody knows the Plano TNC has faster fields.
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Lol - depends on what loop they run at the Driveway.
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Nice pics R! Yup, The Driveway is awesome as is the promotor. I saw a few VC in there. C'mon, find some flattering shots of them and post
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"Sorry guy. How could you have known that ridethecliche was going to be giving SRM's away"




btw - that corkscrew "hill" looks vicious.
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Originally Posted by wanders


btw - that corkscrew "hill" looks vicious.
it's not bad but it does cause a selection on the last lap.




In this pic of me buzzing Rav it was a prime lap and I got so far OTF that instead of winning the prime they thought I OTB! So o didn't get the bar tape

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Old 05-09-10, 08:44 AM
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From a 200+ pounders perspective, after the 5th or 6th time up...



poof.
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I think mommy is the best caption for that picture.
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The corkscrew is very steep but really short too. It comes at the end of a pretty long straight/fast section and if you're experienced with it you know your momentum can pretty much carry you over it. But a lot of folks don't, they freak and slow down trying to switch gears. It's a real PITA if you're trapped behind them. It's a very strategic section of the course if the loop they race runs over it.
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Lol BG - I'll see if I can find some VC pics for ya.
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
The corkscrew is very steep but really short too. It comes at the end of a pretty long straight/fast section and if you're experienced with it you know your momentum can pretty much carry you over it. But a lot of folks don't, they freak and slow down trying to switch gears. It's a real PITA if you're trapped behind them. It's a very strategic section of the course if the loop they race runs over it.
One time I was in a break with Benz when he was trying to shake me. In his draft, every time over that hill and through the curves after had me at 600W for 20-30 seconds. Every lap. Oh man that sucked. You how you can just tell when someone doesn't want you around?
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Originally Posted by waterrockets
One time I was in a break with Benz when he was trying to shake me. In his draft, every time over that hill and through the curves after had me at 600W for 20-30 seconds. Every lap. Oh man that sucked. You how you can just tell when someone doesn't want you around?

so.... what's the rest of the story? did you stay away and win it?
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Originally Posted by ravenmore
Lol - depends on what loop they run at the Driveway.
I meant, the quality of the fields. Faster guys / harder racers.

I readily concede that the Driveway is a far better venue, and a much more professionally promoted race.
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Great shots. Looking forward to the Age-Based championship there.
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Took a flight to Dallas a couple weeks ago where take-off and climb-out was to the north. I was on the right side of the plane and had a great view of The Driveway. Still on my list to get out for a Thursday night...with a folding chair, cooler of beer and a camera.
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racing on car tracks = beyond boring.
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Originally Posted by botto
racing on car tracks = beyond boring.
Best possible venue for a weeknight race, though. It's a safe course, it's beginner-friendly, and it's easily accessible for us bike commuters who don't want to drive to the race. It's just not all that selective is all.
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Originally Posted by botto
racing on car tracks = beyond boring.
It's actually pretty technical if you ride it fast enough, at least some of the routes, if you're a good bike handler you can gap in the corners. Better than most industrial park crits.

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I really enjoyed doing the PIR race in Portland. The Driveway looks even better. I'd love to try that some day.
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Originally Posted by Racer Ex
It's actually pretty technical if you ride it fast enough, at least some of the routes, if you're a good bike handler you can gap in the corners. Better than most industrial park crits.
Yep, 70 racers at 30mph on this course, when they run it CCW, leaves the back half of the pack surging at 700-900W every single time out of the Turn 7.

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Our Tuesday night racetrack crits are just an oval with a 17-degree banked turn. It is kind of boring.
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