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Old 06-13-10, 12:32 PM
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Never relax too soon

This picture is from last night at a crit in Portland, OR. Sam Nicoletti of Gentle Lovers thought he had the race in the bag and saluted the crowd while Quinn Keogh of Rubicon-ORBEA benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation (that's a mouthfull) threw his bike accross the finsih line and inched out the win.
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Old 06-13-10, 01:44 PM
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That's the closest finish I've ever seen next to Michael Phelps' close finish.
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Old 06-13-10, 02:18 PM
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I can't even tell from that pic who won
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Old 06-13-10, 02:19 PM
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This is why I'll never celebrate a victory from a field sprint.
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Old 06-13-10, 08:11 PM
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This is why I'll never celebrate a victory from a field sprint.
I have other, personal reasons, why I will never celebrate a victory from a field sprint.
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Old 06-14-10, 01:39 AM
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I feel bad for my buddy Sam
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Old 06-14-10, 04:21 AM
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you snooze, you lose.
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Old 06-14-10, 04:43 AM
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someone photoshop pwned on that.

there is a better one though, with the guy that has his arms in the air making a serious 'oh S' face.
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Old 06-14-10, 04:46 AM
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there's a youtube video where a guy asks if he won.
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Old 06-14-10, 07:12 AM
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Saw the same thing happen in my very first race...I was in the back sucking wind.
Some guy in a white skinsuit...this was a "citizens" race, long before USA Cycling figured out how make more money lol...threw up his arms in salute for the win mebbe 15ish feet before the finish line...apparently never saw the rider coming off his wheel and take the win. The winner was just another schlep on a bike wearing tshirt and shorts compared to the Mario Cipolini wannabe...Mario was crestfallen...
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Old 06-14-10, 09:46 AM
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Saw somebody lose a $100 preme similarly this weekend...

Btw Gentle Lovers have some sweet kits!
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Old 06-14-10, 01:57 PM
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I lost a clif bar prime by letting off too soon a few weeks ago. I didn't throw my hands up like an idiot tho. It was just a clif bar.
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Old 06-14-10, 06:25 PM
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I lost a clif bar prime by letting off too soon a few weeks ago. I didn't throw my hands up like an idiot tho. It was just a clif bar.
people throw their hands up after winning primes? really?
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Old 06-14-10, 06:28 PM
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I lost a clif bar prime too, but it was literally lost, I received it, set it down to help the promoter clean up the race, and when I came back it was gone!!!
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Old 06-14-10, 07:09 PM
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guess one can't use mirrors in a race huh?
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
guess one can't use mirrors in a race huh?
we have an old dude in our local race every week that wears a mirror.
....still cuts everyone off
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Old 06-15-10, 06:07 AM
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well, he's probably an a-hole and using the mirror to help him cut people off. biking doesn't exclude one from being an a-hole
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Old 06-15-10, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by kudude View Post
I can't even tell from that pic who won
I had to hold a straight edge up to my monitor, and even then it's close. I wonder what the seperation would be in seconds, because they're ridiculously close even on that finish line photo.
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Old 06-15-10, 10:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Flatballer View Post
I wonder what the seperation would be in seconds, because they're ridiculously close even on that finish line photo.
Originally Posted by gc racing website
GC Racing’s FinishLynx camera can look at the finish line as often as 2,400 times a second and send these images to the computer. GC Racing’s FinishLynx can record up to 0.0004 seconds difference between 2 riders – that’s 4 ten-thousandths of a second!
more info about how the finish line camera works
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Old 06-15-10, 10:40 AM
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the picture doesn't actually show the finish line. is the final decision a personal or group judgment call?
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Rumrunn, the camera, is quite literally the finish line itself. It only images a single line at a time, which is located on the finish line. Then the image is reconstructed from a time-series of this single-line image.
Therefore, whoever reaches the finish first will be most forward on the image you see above - or at least their front tire will be.
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
the picture doesn't actually show the finish line. is the final decision a personal or group judgment call?
so what you're looking at is the coolest thing ever invented.

It takes a picture like a photocopier works, except instead of the camera moving and taking a line of pixels at a time, it's the racers that move. The camera is very high speed, because each "frame" is only a line of pixels (vertically), so each shot doesn't take much data and the framerate is high. It then takes about 1-2k frames in a (few) second(s) and then puts them side by side.

Imagine you were looking through a slit aimed at the finish line ---that's what it is, so right to left isn't distance, it's time.

****ing cool


edit: now does it make more sense why the rest of the world looks like a bunch of lines, and why the spokes of the wheels seem "odd"?


edit2: didn't see the 3 posts above mine. sigh

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Pretty tough to tell at that resolution. I assume the shorter upper bike means he was going faster?

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