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Helmet Cam: 2010 Tour of Somerville, Cat 3s

Old 06-10-10, 05:05 AM
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Helmet Cam: 2010 Tour of Somerville, Cat 3s

I sit up in sprint. I weave through one crash. Three crashes directly behind me, although only one is very audible. I fail the "clip in" test. I don't move up on the inside. And I learn that, somehow, I can no longer corner a bike.

Virtually everyone I knew at the race crashed. The two IRSMedic guys (who were my rivals at the Bethel Series) crashed, one bike totally destroyed. Doug M (mentioned in clip) crashed at 4 to go). 552 rolled in about 2.5 minutes down, he may have fallen too (he was up there at the bell).

Editing the video I'm wondering if the guy that took me out last fall took out the field in the sprint - it would have been a typical move on his part. If anyone was there and saw what happened, please let me know, whichever way it goes.

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http://sprinterdellacasa.blogspot.co...ville-cat.html

Video took a while to do, balancing sound (people saying stuff), music (botto et al can hit mute), and deciding that putting things in chronological order was more important than making things start slow and finish hard. The last bit was a huge debate for me, since there are bits of the race that could have been switched around order-wise. As it was I went through 3 iterations of the video (with slightly different clips and totally different music) as well as the standard 3-4-5-6 different edits of virtually every single text comment.

I'm running out of music (tried to use some new stuff in this one) so if anyone has their own band they want to promote, feel free to let me know

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Old 06-10-10, 06:00 AM
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I sent umd some techno that I composed. if you want it PM your email and I will send it. Free use is ok. Commercial use not.
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As usual another great video and commentary. I heard that race was a crash fest, a couple ex teammates/friends were caught up in some. The dude who won is a monster, his team is full of them. The guy #496 who you were behind on the bell lap is a good friend of mine(ex teammate) he is not on his game this year, something's up. He usually is a beast and launches from 1k and can hold it. Former collegiate national track(running) middle distance champ.

Heard the Pro race had a few nasty crashes as well, my buddy went down hard in the field sprint.
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Great video, once again!

The last laps of that race remind me why racing 1's is so much nicer than 3's. Sketchy and wide, random dudes riding up the outside because nobody wants to pull? No thanks.
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Old 06-10-10, 09:30 AM
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are you saying CDR is a random dude?
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I'm saying that getting into the top 10 on the last lap in a big p/1 race takes some sharp elbows and a bunch of time at 800w As a result, fewer people try.
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cool to watch. j lockdown (bf poster) fell down in one of those crashes but i didnt see him in there.


hmmm, this has me wondering about wheel choice for critting this weekend at the clarendon cup (very hard technical crit on bumpy road surfaces). maybe the 58s arent the way to go.
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Love watching these!
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
are you saying CDR is a random dude?
Heh. I think Ze has a valid point, actually. I even mention in the clip that pro races go hard all the time. In the 3s it's not like that so it doesn't stay strung out. When it got hard it'd string out, but it would bunch back up all the time.

In fact, except for after that crash, I didn't see much strung out stuff (pictures of the race and such). I prefer strung out races but I'm not strong enough to do the stringing out, at least not for more than a few hundred meters every few minutes, and increasing the "between time" the more times I do it. Like Ze pointed out, a lot of 800 watt type stuff.

So in a "hard" race I'd have been popped, or, as long as I could anyway, I'd tail gun and pray I could move up. In this particular race I could move back up so I did.

I realized after the race that I should have pulled through on that last straight, but I was too focused on the finish + I was totally cooked.
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nice job, thanks for sharing!

suggestion - go ahead and slap those titles higher in the frame. I found it cumbersome to look down then up then down then up continually
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cdr, can you explain why you wanted to be positioned farther back leading into the finish? Or do you have posts on this?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
nice job, thanks for sharing!

suggestion - go ahead and slap those titles higher in the frame. I found it cumbersome to look down then up then down then up continually
I can put them in the middle or the top. I found the middle too distracting. The top the sky ends up blanking out the letters. I'll have to think about it. I find it distracting too - I watch the clip while "rewinding" frequently to read (or re-read) the comment.

Originally Posted by johnybutts View Post
cdr, can you explain why you wanted to be positioned farther back leading into the finish? Or do you have posts on this?
I don't have a post, but it has to do with the fact that I don't have much go time before I explode. Hm. Maybe I should rephrase that.

It's kind of like Tour stage finishes. You don't want to be second at 1k to go, you want 3 teammates in front of you. Usually at 1k I like being about 5th in a fast, strung out finish, maybe 7th. When it's not strung out, I can be pretty far back - my record is sitting in the back with a friend, talking at the bell, then seeing if I could do well (I got 2nd). In the 3s you can be pretty far back.

Exception - if I have a committed teammate to lead me out. In the 3s you can usually get one guy that will last about 800 meters, maybe a full 1000 meters (depending on course, wind), while going fast enough to discourage early jumping. I've gotten full one mile leadouts from teammates in pretty competitive races (never got better than 2nd though).

There's a huge difference in shelter sitting 2nd or 7th, but there's a huge difference in position too Since I have a jump, if the speed is low (35 mph or slower, flat course), I prefer shelter. If the speed is high (36+ mph, flat course), I prefer position.

At Somerville, based on the knowledge of the finish, I'd have preferred being about 15th, maybe 20th, and surf the pack such that I wouldn't get caught up in crashes.

If I could do the last 1/2 lap over, I'd have done the following:
- move up on the back stretch
- not follow 496 as he pulled away, but ride next to the line at the right (so we're 2 wide).
- hit Turn 3 in a staggered way so I don't get in the way (with guys to the outside I cornered fine)
- ease a bit so I drift back a bit as we go up the straight
- follow the first launch (which happened as expected, kind of early)
- launch sprint when first launch starts to top out speed

The purple/pink guy that blasts by me (from left to right) got second in the race. If 487 hadn't led out and won (and he also won a prime with a few laps to go), the purple/pink guy would have won. He jumped at the right time, from the right place. He's pcad's teammate too.

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