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Hey BipedZed and others-- How was the Colo-Roubaix and Crit ? (nm)(10 posts)

Hey BipedZed and others-- How was the Colo-Roubaix and Crit ? (nm)Peetey
Apr 9, 2001 7:24 AM
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re: Hey BipedZed and others-- How was the Colo-Roubaix and Crit ? (nm)ken ross
Apr 9, 2001 9:53 AM
The Stazio Crit was very fast. The field was huge, over 100 racers. I started the Cat4 race with a sore throate, runny nose and a cough. I hung on in the main group for half the race and then blew up. I kept going backwards until I was lapped and pulled. I decided not to race Sunday(CO-Roubaix), which was a good thing. I got winded just walking 4 blocks to the coffee shop that morning.
Will do better when I get over this strength sapping cold and put a few weeks intervals into my system. Although being able to hang on that long while sick might be promising.
BrutalBipedZed
Apr 9, 2001 10:19 AM
Saturday Stazio Criterium
Even though I'm not a crit specialist, I went into this one thinking I'd do pretty well. Hadn't done any real structured intensity work yet, but I was killing my team up the hills on training rides. Warmed up for 20 minutes and was on the 2nd row of the start line. There were over 100 racers in the 4s. Big Als and Chippers had a big team presence. I was the only one on my team in the 4s. The start went great, I was in the lead group and felt smooth through the first few corners and hills. The group was flying at over 30mph for the first 4 laps (1.1 miles each) and I kept hoping it would slow a bit because I was maxed. It didn't and after 4 laps I found myself shelled out the back of the lead group of about 40 riders in no man's land. I hooked up with a 10 person chase group for the rest of the race but we never got organized and ended up getting pulled 300 yards from the finish line. It came down to a bunch sprint of about 40, but a crash right before the line split the pack. I didn't see it, I was busy carrying my ass that was handed to me back to the car.

Sunday Colorado Roubaix 56 miles
Determined to redeem myself I went into the Roubaix with high hopes. I thought the course would be half pavement, half dirt roads, but it turned out to be almost entirely rutted dirt road and gravel. Only about .5miles of each 6.5 mile lap (9 laps) was on pavement near the start/finish line. Most of the 100 plus starters in the 4s were on standard road bikes with road tires including myself. Again I had a great start but it was FAST. As soon as we hit the dirt it went to 25 mph and stayed there. I could do nothing but watch as a lead group of around 40 riders took off. There were crashes in almost every corner as the dirt roads/gravel were really loose. The field was strung out much quicker due to the crashes and the bumpy roads and I just hung on with various groups for the first hour. I started feeling good with 4 laps to go and started bridging up to various groups. I was happy that I was still in the race and had managed to avoid crashing or flatting. With 2 laps to go I felt great and could tell my group was fading. I went to the front and pulled up a hill and no one came with me so I attacked. Up ahead was a small group with a Chippers racer that I was determined to catch. I bridged up to them right before the start of the last lap. I felt great still had lots of energy for the last lap. I was thinking I probably could salvage the weekend with a top 30 placing. I was rounding a mild rutted left corner that I had no problems with the previous 7 laps when all of sudden my front wheel slid out at full speed and I went down on my left side hard with no warning. F*#k! I got back up with my bike and started to go after them when I saw my handlebars were cracked in half. Race over. 50 miles averaging 20.5mph on dirt roads and I was suddenly done. Yep, the new Easton EC90 bars completely snapped on the left side. I ended up destroying the left shifter also. I felt dejected because I knew I could've finished strong, but instead was left with a broken bike and no finishes for the weekend.

Oh well, first race weekend is behind me now. Cannabilized my cyclo-cross bike for the left DA shifter and put my old TTT Primas back on. Got the Cherry Creek TT series starting Wed and Weld County RR in two weeks.
Talent level in ColoradoJ.S.
Apr 9, 2001 4:05 PM
I've heard that the competition level in Colorado and California is the highest, have you ridden outside your home state(Co.) and what do you think? Also, are you gonna warranty the Easton bars and keep using them?
FrustratingBipedZed
Apr 9, 2001 6:01 PM
I haven't raced outside of Colorado since the early 90s where I did pretty well, but the level of competition here is crazy. Both of the races this weekend were in Boulder, which I heard once had the highest per capita concentration of USCF licenses in the country. The top Cat 4 10.5 mile TT times are in the 22:50 range. MTB Sport fields can be 200 plus, and last weekend both races had 100 plus Cat 4 fields. It's enough to make me want to move. Anywhere except California where I hear it's pretty much the same thing. I'd love to go back to the DC area where I grew up and enter a few races with the fitness I have now.

I went down without warning at over 20 mph so I don't know if an aluminum bar would have faired much better, although I don't think it would have snapped in half like the Easton. I'm going to get it replaced through the Easton crash replacement program, but I don't know if I'll use them again. Maybe for the later part of the season after the state TT championship in early June.
Talent level in ColoradoTJeanloz
Apr 10, 2001 6:51 AM
I think I've ridden in every catagory in Colorado, California and New England. It was my experience that in the lower catagories (3,4,5), Colorado was the weakest of the group. Not so much because of lack of talent, but lack of size. People in Colorado get positively giddy when a 100 person field is full. In CA or NE, it went without saying that the field would be full, every week. At the P12 level, Colorado has the potential to be the hardest. There is always the threat of some pro who just crashed out of the TdF coming over to 'relax' and recover, and punish all the locals.
Maybe in the past, but not anymoreMaillot Rouge
Apr 10, 2001 7:00 AM
They may have been true about the 3s and 4s about 5 years ago but not so much anymore. The 3s are hard because nobody wants to move up and deal with the Pros and the 4s are tough because every ridiculously strong expert mtn biker and triathlete and cross country skier is a 4. They all tend to do the early season road races. That makes these races faster and really scarey. I'm going to Illinois in 2 weeks and fully expect to beat up on all the 4s, in Colorado I'm pack meat.
Photo from Stazio CritBipedZed
Apr 9, 2001 7:15 PM
I'm on the far right of the picture in the blue/white/yellow jersey, white helmet. This is the chase group that never was.
Roubaix was a ton of funMaillot Rouge
Apr 9, 2001 10:56 AM
I felt like crap all week and was just starting to come around on Sunday. The course was crazy, loose gravel in every corner and even the straights the gravel was so deep you could easily loose it. I was witht the lead group after two laps when I started to feel like crap again. I hung out for about 3 more laps getting caught and dropped by two different organized chased groups. There were a lot of strong riders. There was this cyclocross style short down hill section with a 180 at the bottom and back up loose dirt and gravel which led into a 50 ft section of loose pea gravel that was 4 or 5 inches deep that was really crazy. I saw a lot of people loose some skin there. I had a great time even feeling like dog doo. Looking forward to Carter Lake.

MR
I heard.....Lazy
Apr 9, 2001 11:18 AM
that 140 guys started the 4 race and only 40 finished. One of the guys on my team was there, and he got pulled with about 3 laps remaining. Glad I missed it, he's much stronger than I am.