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Race Report – Masters Track Worlds - Anadia, Portugal

Old 11-08-10, 11:30 AM
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Race Report – Masters Track Worlds - Anadia, Portugal

This is the first time that I have competed in Masters Track World Championship. I had a great time at the event racing and hanging out with racers I know from Hellyer, LA Velodrome and others that I met at Masters Track Natz at the Superdrome in Frisco, TX. My results were okay for my first time at Worlds (bottom 3rd of the pack 23 entries) and it is a lot harder and more competitive than Natz. Also, traveling to Europe from California and competing is a lot more difficult due to the time changes and getting everything organized and ready.

My peak for this year’s track and road racing season was at the state/district level. Per my results, I have been on the slight decline since then. I started racing January 1st and it is a long season for me to go to the end of October. However, the racing at Worlds was a total blast. I did 3 races the 500 meter TT, the 2K pursuit and the 40 lap points race. I am a pursuit racer so the 500 meters was a chance to get on the track and practice in a race situation and the points race was just for fun.

My pursuit time was 5 seconds slower than my Natz time and yes there is a story to go with it. I lined up in the starting gate and everything was going well. The beeper sounded and the gate released and I got a great start. At 3/4 of a lap, the refs shot the gun. I had to slow and found my opponent had pulled his shoe out of the cleat. I rolled around to the start and requested some time to recover. The refs said I had to go again immediately.

In the medal table, the USA won with the most gold medals followed by Australia and the Great Britain. Results https://www.uvp-fpc.pt/pagina.php?id_...alidade_new=6#

My wife competed as well and won 3 silver medals – 500 meters, 2K and Points. There were two in her age group. She is the current National 2K pursuit champion her opponent was the EU Champion. The other woman from Finland was approximately 3 seconds stronger in the 2K. My wife won the points race but was relegated by the officials for passing under a slower rider in the pole lane being overtaken by the pack on the final sprint. IMO, it was a poor call by the UCI officials and a potentially dangerous situation. They put all the women 50 years and older in one group and scored them separately which is perfectly okay. However, the one 65+ woman was about 40% slower than the rest, was lapped 3 or 4 times and IMO should have been pulled or told to move to the stayers line for the sprints. She was in the pole lane between turns 3 and 4 on the final sprint. My wife had the pole lane but was boxed in and made a split second decision to go below her to keep from crashing. Her opponent agreed that she beat her by at least a bike length on the final lap and that cutting the corner made no difference in the outcome. Later, in the men’s races, the officials were pulling slower riders. My wife rode a great series of races and she and her opponent got to know each other, established a relationship and what will certainly be a long running competition between the two of them.

The trip – To get to Anadia, Portugal, we flew to Lisbon from San Francisco to JFK, Madrid and then Lisbon. We rented a large minivan to carry two bikes in hard cases, one trainer and luggage. The drive to Anadia was about 3 hours via toll roads. After the racing was over, we spent a few days in Lisbon sightseeing.

Here are some pics....Enjoy the show.

The floor below the track was organized by country with each one getting space. We were supposed to set up and warm up in our area.



British Invasion – A few Brits decided to use our space. According to them, their countrymen were too boring.

Here is a pick of me and one of the Brit’s mechanics / coaches. His wife was racing and he attended to her and her equipment. I was in a similar situation except I raced as well. He deemed us “bike b1tches”. In reality, I learned a lot from the Brits about equipment, tactics and training. It was great to have them with us.



His wife and my wife relaxing while we worked on bikes. The British woman won a gold medal.

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Babeage. All women are over 30 but If they are rocking a track bike at the World Championships, age is meaningless.

Argentina





South Africa





UK



Italy



USA

500 meter gold medalist and racer from Hellyer



My wife.



Wife and friend

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There was a lot of great equipment and here are a few examples.









I will start with the points races.

This is the 45 to 49 group. These guys were really fast and had to do a qualifying heat in the morning and a final in the afternoon.





Here is my points race 60 –64. My friend who did the 45 to 49 race thought our race was very fast and I can attest to that. I used 92.6 gear inches and spinning 110 to 115 rpm 29 to 32 mph with sprints to 130 rpm 35 mph. Our race was fast from the opening lap and the Aussie went to the front and killed it. I would have to race with our Elite 1,2s to be able to practice at the speeds these guys maintained.





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My wife’s points race. They put all the 50+ women together. This put my wife in a very fast group 50 to 54 (2:40 to 2:50 pursuit times). She had to either win some points or beat her opponent in a scratch competition i.e. The first one across the finish line after 40 laps wins. She got gapped around lap 10 by approximately 1/4 lap. I thought she was finished but she rode solo and caught the group after 4 laps. She caught them after a points lap sprint. She then went to the front and killed it on the last two laps and had the pole lane on the final lap leading her opponent for the win until she got boxed in and had to go below the slower women on the final sprint. It was a heroic effort for the gold but not this time.







Pursuit







Technical Inspection – The UCI did not enforce the 3:1 rule on bikes and aerobars. Supposedly, they will next year. You have to show up with your bike and helmet. They did not allow the use of any electronics for assistance. They would strip them off the bike at the start if you had any. My wife’s Cervelo with the sprint bars weighed 6.80 kilos and caused the UCI commissionaire to weigh it 3 times before passing it.



My bike was over the 6.80 kilo limit and no problem. At Natz, the commissionaires made me get on the bike because my aerobars were between the 75 and 80 cm range. Here they did not care. In addition, they did not check bikes for the points races.

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Awesome Awesome Awesome Awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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The track. Initially, we thought the track was fast and pretty cool. Some racers were gearing up due to the speed. However, that proved not to be the case. The Brits’ times were 3 seconds slower in general for the 2K pursuit compared to Manchester. This track was made of stacked sheets of plywood on end. So we rode on the end grain. The good news is that it was not slippery and no one slid down the track. The bad news it was slow but the same for everyone.













Podium – I have no podium shots but my wife has 3. Well, that is the life of the husband and bike b1tch of the champ.



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Very cool! Thanks for sharing the stories + pics.
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wow! Great pics & write-ups.

Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for this Hermes
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That was truly awesome..congrats to both of you and thank you so much for sharing the pics and the experience!!!!
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Awesome Hermes! Loved the report!
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Any shots of a Masters woman from CT? She silvered in... 500m? White bike I think, Zipp 909 set up. Head cold if that helps (or doesn't).

Beautiful track, cool walkway ramp thing. Great pics.

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Cool! Thanks for the report.
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
Any shots of a Masters woman from CT? She silvered in... 500m? White bike I think, Zipp 909 set up. Head cold if that helps (or doesn't).

Beautiful track, cool walkway ramp thing. Great pics.

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I wanted to ask about her too
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Thanks for sharing!

My teammate Steven Carrell won this race (assuming this is the points race final):
Originally Posted by Hermes
This is the 45 to 49 group. These guys were really fast and had to do a qualifying heat in the morning and a final in the afternoon.

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
I wanted to ask about her too
She's masters not seniors. Probably not old enough for you.

Great report!
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
I wanted to ask about her too
She taught me how to suffer, by example, at NEV in 2009. I realized I gave up way too easily after watching her go through the match sprints and I think ultimately winning the final that night. She was the only woman in the order. I got eliminated early on by riders she beat.
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Originally Posted by jwible
She's masters not seniors. Probably not old enough for you.

Great report!
Jeez you guys...
Feeling really mean these days aren't you?

PS: She's rad. Helped me out in a few races and taught me a bunch during races as well.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
Jeez you guys...
Feeling really mean these days aren't you?

PS: She's rad.
Helped me out in a few races and taught me a bunch during races as well.
how to crash?
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Wow Hermes, congrats to you and your wife, you both should be very proud of yourselves.
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cool dude! love all the pictures. also cool to see they moved it to somewhere more central.
i would like to try to get prepared for the working man's nationals 2011 if they make it over to Trexlertown. should be real neat.
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I met a USA woman from CT (I think). She Silvered in her races.





Here is another USA woman from LA Velodrome who won 5 gold medals. She destroyed the competition. I saw her race in the Elite Natz at LAV this year.

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