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DFL in my own race--memphis SLC #2 report & pics(28 posts)

DFL in my own race--memphis SLC #2 report & picsJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 6:50 AM
24 starters: 33% singlespeed.

we doubled series points yesterday for ss riders wearing opposite-gender lingerie. i picked up a size 9 pair of yellow & red "hottie" panties. they're red & brown now. nasty course.

went all-out to make the course longer, faster, and a little less severe than last week. pre-ride saturday in 30*F and a p!ssing rain was fast--about 9 minutes per lap on the ss, and that's a good speed for this slow fat guy. i think it was around 1.7 miles per circuit.

sunday the temps came up just enough to melt the frost and make this a sick & sadistic mudbath. i geared down from 42x18 to 39x18 for the ride, and it was a huge mistake. should have gone smaller--i was running (walking) quite a bit, and overcooked by about 20 minutes in.

for my part, with all the miles and the long stuff i've been riding, plus the frequent out of town hill training, it's a cold day in hell when my calves cramp running barriers. yesterday there was frost on the devil's brow.

i'll work harder to make it faster and a bit easier next weekend, with more climbing on dirt & gravel, and more descending on the soft stuff. the course might be shorter, but it'll be less severe. not that there's anything wrong with severe. if i were singly a participant yesterday, i'd be back begging for more next weekend. then again, i have a very weak sense of self-preservation.

i'm hoping eggshell, tnsquared, ForrestO, and others will post a review and introspection.

some pics to follow...
aftermath: don't try this at homeJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 6:53 AM
more dirty picsJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 6:54 AM
not for young eyesJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 6:55 AM
wash meJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 6:56 AM
for sale:JS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 6:57 AM
J2JS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:05 AM
here's J2 climbing the slippery slope. we had a 1/8 mile out & back separated by posts & string, with a triangle at the end. the turnaround got pretty tough. by the end of the 9 am race, the "back" part was like riding on wet glass.
heeeeeeeeeeere's eggshellJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:07 AM
here's eggshell on the out & back. he's on the left, back (olive jersey). at least i think that's him...

so tell me eggshell, was this a religious experience?
heeeeeeeeeeere's eggshelleggshell
Dec 17, 2003 7:37 PM
yeah, that's me. must've been lap one because I was covered in muck shortly thereafter. I think everyone eventually was riding s.s. by the time the race was over due to mud-packed cassettes. what a freakin' blast! I'm counting the days for next Sunday's race and hoping once again for more racers. I think the weather will be much better this week and can't wait to see what J has in store for us. thanks for a great, eye-opening experience.
not to shabby, winning your class in your first c/c race!!! nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 18, 2003 6:23 AM
lakeside speed sectionJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:09 AM
just don't overcook that corner and end up swimming. unclip the left foot and ready to dab every lap. this is the only part of the entire course where i could kick it in a little. this and the 200 yards of parking lot. sweet!
tnsquaredJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:10 AM
back with something to prove this week. 350% improvement.
porta potty run-upJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:12 AM
a c/c race is *NOT* complete without a runup following a nice gravel climb. wait, you have to put the runup behind the potties. and then funnel it into soft grass before another sick climb. this was actually not as bad as it sounded, except that most of us B/C-level ss riders ended up walking the climb. yes, walking. can it get any better?
tn2's friend M.Y.JS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:13 AM
this must have been after a pre-ride and before the race. because he's not dirty enough.
LanPope, get off my wheel!JS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:15 AM
are you ever going to pull?

good ride yesterday!

hope your wife wasn't too p!ssed about the condition of her silky teddy after 35 minutes in the fray.
most awesome singlespeed prime everJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:17 AM
my bud the head wrench contributed a hubcap he found on the roadside. i had a trophy shop make an engraved metal plate with race name & date & "singlespeed lap 2 prime", affixed it to a routed piece of wood, screwed it all through the hubcap, and viola! (sic)
re: DFL in my own race--memphis SLC #2 report & picsJ2
Dec 15, 2003 7:23 AM
oh man, we were posting at the same time. can you lump my thread into this?
here's a link through to J2's post...JS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:47 AM
J2 "Smells Like Cross series #2" 12/15/03 7:17am
more thoughts (no more pics yet)JS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 7:44 AM
no pics yet of the 9 AM race. will post when (if) received. our photographer friends were out of town this weekend.

M.Y. brought out a generator and PA system. J2 made another sick compilation CD with the likes of Dr. Feelgood (gotta have tha Crue), Sex On Wheels, Goin' Back to Cali, and by request, some Agnostic Front, Minor Threat, and Vanilla Ice. then, he threw in some Rick James and Queen (Fat-Bottomed Girls, of course).

this week the group desceneded on the grill like a swarm of locusts. it was 32*F or thereabouts and the 10 AM race was going (late, sorry guys), and the parking lot was still full of 9 AM riders. so we're starting to realize our goal.

now if we can just get our A guys a little more competition at 10 AM.

still hopeful,

Man...I **really** hate I missed itSpecialTater
Dec 15, 2003 8:27 AM
I gotta come up with another excuse for next week ;)

Looks like the cx is sitting at the sort facility at the aeroport. J2---can't you do sumthin 'bout that?
your new bikeJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 8:36 AM
i'm almost as excited to see your new frankenbleu as to put on the next race. i'm actually as excited to see this thing as i was when waiting for Eddy to arrive.

that's one sick looking bike.
Man...I **really** hate I missed itJ2
Dec 15, 2003 8:42 PM
greg, if it's fedex, email me the awb (tracking number) and i'll try to pull a few strings for ya. if it's in mem i think i can get it.
It's headed back to K.C. for some reason...SpecialTater
Dec 16, 2003 7:23 AM
San Jose
and hopefully back to Memphis by Thurs!

praise be to Eddy for fedex!JS Haiku Shop
Dec 16, 2003 7:59 AM
all hail the great Eddy!

praise to Eddy for FedEx!

my most recent purchase from wallingford bike co (in new orleans), shipped via fedex from new orleans to memphis. and made a quick appearance in portland (oregon) en route.

And my Sidi's from N. IrelandSpecialTater
Dec 16, 2003 9:19 AM
arrived in 2 biz days. Hmmm.

They obviously knew of your love for Coos Bay.
#2 was twice as funTNSquared
Dec 15, 2003 10:58 AM
What a difference a week can make! Better turnout despite nasty weather, several new faces, and I personally rode much better. I've still got alot of work to do on my fitness, but getting over the barriers and run-ups was much easier this week, and I learned that I actually enjoy the feel of the bike sliding around underneath me. :) Finished with a smile on my face and plans for surprising some folks in the next race.

I considered riding the mtb since it was so muddy and slick. I even took the mtb on a warm-up lap. I'm ever so glad I stuck with the cx bike (thanks for the nudge, J2!) I just feel more comfortable on the cx bike, I guess because the position is more similar to the road position that I'm accustomed to.

For my money, the course was right on this week. Maybe I just rode better, but the overall flow of the course and placement of the barriers seemed very well thought out. Weather did make some of the climbs and descents a little trickier, but isn't that part of cross? Based on pics from other races that I see here, like the ones from Nationals below, I don't think our courses have been too hard. Challenging, yes, but not impossibly difficult. And for guys like me whose only real attributes are low IQ and stubbornness, it's nice to have a course that doesn't allow the race to turn into a sprint-fest. Else, I'd have missed out on the nice rear view all the g-strings. :)

I was clear to me from all the smiles afterwards and the number of people who hung around after the race despite frigid temps that the series is picking up momentum. Even cooler to see was the number of people who stuck around to help with dismantling and loading up all the equipment. J still performed the yoeman's share of the work, but I was impressed that so many of the folks who raced didn't mind some extra work in the form of pulling rebar out of the ground and loading up barriers in the Element.

I think people are starting to "get it." Great work and thanks, J, and to everyone else who rode, cooked, dj'd, cheered, worked, and otherwise contributed.
aka 'it takes a village to raise a......series'. true dat. nmJS Haiku Shop
Dec 15, 2003 11:07 AM
re: DFL in my own race--memphis SLC #2 report & picsForrestO
Dec 16, 2003 8:39 PM
Hey J -

Yer wish is my command! Here is my report. As stated, the conditions were brew-tul but it did seem a bit faster than last week. My favorite part of the course was after the giant hill going up into and through the woods (behind pavilion), we descended into a hairpin turn and onto asphalt (parking lot). From there it was easy to get up great speed and go hammering into a slight descent of grassy section with barriers (set of 3 or 4?) in an "s" pattern. I love that feeling of flying off the bike with all that momentum and just screaming over the barriers with no room for error or you go down in a ball of flames. Like a freakin rollercoaster. To me thats what cross racing is all about!

Just 4 of us started in the "A" race but I didnt give damn it was just good times man. I gotta tell you that my package was completely frozen after that race. Not to mention my hands and feet. I was trying to speak to people and make small talk afterwords but you know the feeling when your extremities are totally numb and start to thaw out. Jeez that $h_)# hurts! So I bailed early but looking forward to hanging out with you guys after next weeks race.

Oh yeah, back to the race report...muddy, but no section was like the swamp last week which was a real plus. I definitely enjoyed this weeks course more. Probably had something to do with the fact that I didnt get dropped till the last half of the last lap. When we started up that last hill Boomer just stood up and blew by me. S.O.B. Anyhow, the crowd support was real good. I really planned on showing up early and make a solemn promise to be there pre-9 next week.

Also, it was definitely a plus that you opened that gate at the end of the dam. Trying to squeak by that this week would have seen a lot of folks in a mighty cold lake.

You guys rock like no tommorrow and I really, really appreciate your putting on these races! I am real happy we still have two races left. As long as you put them on I will be there! I dont care if its cross, mtn bike, time trial, triathlon, whatever... you name it man...we just gotta get more races in Memphis and your the folks who are doing it so give yerselves a great big pat on the back!

Looking most forward to next weeks misery