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Colorado College Crit and TTT Report

Old 04-09-05, 07:28 PM
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Colorado College Crit and TTT Report

Just thought i'd beat the CSU guy to it and give the thread a more general title. Given I am a CC guy, so some of the report might be a bit biased. First on the TTT, the course was a hilly 6.2 miles out and still rolling but much faster 6.2 miles back with some crosswinds. Many teams made good showings, but the highlight of the race, from my perspective, would be the performance of the CC-A team (i am not a part of it, so somewhat lessoned bias). The CC A Team barely made their start time, had no warmup and road most of the TTT with only 3 riders and still came out on top, beating out the very strong AFA and CU teams. All this without a single set of aerobars i might add.
Now the Collegiate B-Crit. The race was run on the beautiful course of PPIR with sweeping turns and fast straightaways. The major factor of the race was a strong wind from the south. No one wanted to pull hard into the wind so the race was quite slow (25mph average) for the course. As a result, the majority of the pack stayed in touch throughout the race and the newness of many to the sport showed with many near crashes and bad inside moves. In the end the race came down to a giant bunch sprint. Personally, i was in fairly good position until on the final turn before the sprint i caught a pedal, almost went down and lost my speed. I believe a CSU guy won the C-Crit, lets hope that is our posting friend. Tomorrow there is a potential race on our "Guerilla Circuit Course" a very rough and Paris-Roubaixish circuit. But it looks likely weather will cancel that.
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Originally Posted by Colorado
But it looks likely weather will cancel that.
Along with my trip out there it seems . So what happened to the CC A-Team? Why did they barely make the start, etc?
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Old 04-09-05, 09:14 PM
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lets just say as talented as they are they aren't all too organized.
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hehe on the bright side that was the lesat of their worries. Two years ago the cops tried to arrest the UVM B TTT at the Boston Beanpot...FUBAR or something like it
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Actually, I didn't go. I'm out until Wyoming. Trying to get caught up on some crap at school. That said, I'm waiting for my roommate "alraicercsu" to give us an in-depth race report for the CSU C-Team. He got home pretty late (our whole team is hedging our bets that the circuit race will be cancelled I guess). I know the C TTT was won flat out (by quite a bit) by CSU. Thats about all I know from the TTT. The crit I heard was good. I organized a team meeting after the last race and invited our captain to come help us. I think he realizes we are serious now and is very willing to help. We designated one guy (the guy who crossed the finish line first) to be the guy we worked for. I say we because it will probably be the same for the rest of the season. He's probably the strongest rider overall, but especially in crits. So the other 2 guys worked for him for the whole race. One of the domestiques got 7th, the other guy I think originally led-off the breakaway with the guy who crossed the finish line first. Notice that I keep saying cross the finish line first, and not WON. He blew everybody away and hit the line un-contended. He raised both hands and let out a cheer of victory. I believe his exact words were "f*ck yeah!!!!!!" at the top of this lungs. He got DQ'd. Luckily the other CSU rider won the sprint for what he thought was 2nd - and ended up winning. Sounded pretty good - but its obvious that some of our riders need to make sure they don't do stupid crap (cussing in front of the officials, among other things which i won't discuss). Now that guy has said he might not race collegiate any more? I don't know if the rules are different or what his problem is or how serious he was, but hopefully he gets his attitude in line because he's a really strong rider and we need him this year. I don't think I would have dropped an F bomb right away as I won, but I would throw both hands in the air for sure - and apparently THAT is also illegal? That gets a big ol' WTF from me.... I can see that you can't do it as you cross the line. But after you cross the line i don't see why not.
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As colorado said the TTT course was hilly it was 20k long with the first 10k being mostly up and the return being into a fairly harsh head wind. The C's got 1st at 36.14 with second place coming in at 42 somthing. We probably would have got last if it wasn't for the team acctaully communicating. And that our strongest guy for once acctually listened to people on the team.
The Crit was easily on of the best courses of the season. It was at PPIR (Pikes Peak International Raceway). The course was on most of the oval and then made some S turns on the road course. There was yet again head wind. This time it was coming out of the south west. The first few laps were preaty slow, down around 17 mph. Then a guy from School of mines and I believe UNC made an attempted break. We bridged it fairly quickly. There was only one crash in the C's race, a guy from mesa (I could be wrong I just know that his jersey was red and white) fell on the 3rd lap because he chain came off he took his free lap and ended up crossing the line in 3rd.
As jb said our main guy got DQ'ed because he said F*ck Yeah coming across the line. I didn't hear it because I was doing my best to block the rear for him but according to other team mates it was extremly loud. The other domestique made a crazy 5 lap flyer and came in 2nd then soon afterwards 1st.
The team didn't go to Circut race because the offical said that there was a 98% chance of the race being cancled due to snow. I think the C's would have placed high again but not in 1st because our lead guy prolly wouldn't have raced.
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Just to confirm things, we got dumped on pretty good down here in the springs so the circuit race was indeed cancelled.
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Old 04-10-05, 11:48 AM
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that sucks I was looking forward to it but only half heartedly. I don't like riding in the crappy weather.
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The course was pretty rough though, our own personal Paris Roubaix, i think it would have been crash city at least in the B-Race if people raced like they did yesterday
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Originally Posted by alraicercsu
and I believe UNC made an attempted break
I dont think we have any guys that far out... Everyone is racing at Virginia Tech this weekend...
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U of norhern colorado your not the only UNC. I think you guys can wait a year until UNC changes its name.
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Is there any racing on the 24th? My flight was cancelled so my trip has been rescheduled for the 24th.
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Mesa State, which I think is out on the western slope, is having a RR on either the 23rd or 24th.
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teah mesa state which is in grand junction. bit of a drive from denver or really any place east of the mountains.
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Originally Posted by sailor
I dont think we have any guys that far out... Everyone is racing at Virginia Tech this weekend...
I was at virginia tech. awesome race, awesome time trial. had a blast.
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I wonder how the east coast teams compare with the Colorado teams. How do you guys normally do at nationals? I know Fort Lewis, CU, and CSU are consistently near the top. Ft Lewis especially. Tom Danielson went there apparently. Those guys are pretty into it.
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Originally Posted by alraicercsu
As jb said our main guy got DQ'ed because he said F*ck Yeah coming across the line.
I love this picture... your guy is totally caught in the act

http://www.bredin.org/tigercycling/m...s/Image39.html
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Originally Posted by jbhowat
I wonder how the east coast teams compare with the Colorado teams. How do you guys normally do at nationals? I know Fort Lewis, CU, and CSU are consistently near the top. Ft Lewis especially. Tom Danielson went there apparently. Those guys are pretty into it.
Auburn has a so-so team this year. We're sending a three mens As and a woman A to nationals that I can recall. Unfortunately, I don't follow the other colleges very closely but U of Ga is pretty hot now I believe and in division II Lees-McRae (North Carolina) is well placed.

I don't know of any website reporting collegiate cycling well in the Southeast.
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Originally Posted by jbhowat
I wonder how the east coast teams compare with the Colorado teams. How do you guys normally do at nationals? I know Fort Lewis, CU, and CSU are consistently near the top. Ft Lewis especially. Tom Danielson went there apparently. Those guys are pretty into it.
well, there was a guy wearing a Colorado jersey (it was yellow? I dont remember which school exactly) at virginia tech...and he kinda got wupped. like badly. kind of a chubby dude? anybody know him?

probably not representative of colorados best.

anyway, I know that fort lewis gives scholarships for cycling. so chances are that theya re better then a lot of teams out there. I'm not really certain how the east coast teams as a whole do at nationals, though.
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anyway, I know that fort lewis gives scholarships for cycling.
Yeah they do. CSU does too, in fact I think we were the first collegiate team in the country to do so.
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