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A story about a racer who always gets dropped....(10 posts)

A story about a racer who always gets dropped....eschelon
Aug 14, 2002 11:26 AM
I want to tell you all a true story about this one cat 5 roadie that I know on a casual basis around the racing area and group rides that I have done...His is Bob. He is in his 40's and he just started racing last year...I bumped into him yesterday on his usual Tuesday group ride and told me how he's done over 20 cat 5 races and he has been dropped in every one of them...but the remarkable thing was he was still upbeat and excited to do the races and to keep on racing...he said that he was in no rush to upgrade to cat 4 until he finishes the races he enters and not get dropped.

Ironically, the very group ride (Tuesdays) that he invited me to do yesterday ended up being the very ride that he got dropped after 5 miles...apparently what was supposed to be structured group ride with the group coach turned into a male pissing contest from the get go because the group ride turned into a 30 mph hammer fest until 3 of the strongest riders took off from the pack and the coach in our group ride told us who would listen to slow down for the dropped riders...unfortunately, Bob never even made it back to the group when everyone else slowed down to regroup...the last person to re-integrate back into the group said that Bob was the first person to be dropped and she thought that Bob just simply turned around and did his own ride in some other direction...Bob did tell me a few weeks back that he regularly gets dropped on the fast group rides...but Bob is still working at it.

I have alot of admiration for this guy...it doesn't matter that I am much faster then him...I have learned alot from his example that he purposefully didn't mean to set.
God bless 'imRode Warrior
Aug 14, 2002 11:41 AM
Keep riding Bob.

Steve
Is racing like a lot of other things??? Sandbagging....94Nole
Aug 14, 2002 12:12 PM
In that, you have people racing Cat 5 that really should be racing against better competition? I've seen softball teams enter Class C tourneys that are obviously Class A or B level competitors just out having a weekend of fun. Or people who really are single digit handicappers in golf that don't record their low rounds to inflate their USGA handicaps for tourney purposes.

I hate sandbaggers.
yup...especially early in the season (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 14, 2002 12:20 PM
If only my ego would let me be like Bob. I'd quit first. (nm)Quack
Aug 14, 2002 12:24 PM
why shouldn't he be happy?off roadie
Aug 14, 2002 12:27 PM
Sounds like he's pretty dang fast for a guy who is in his 40's, or even a guy in his 30's. I'm probably not a good example, but I haven't met many folks who can do 30mph for 5 miles, even at the start of a ride.
Similar storybrider
Aug 14, 2002 12:47 PM
True story, happened several years ago in Seattle.

Guy shows up at SIR for the weekly Tuesday "road race." He's young (maybe 17), on a Huffy, wearing sweat pants and a white button-down shirt (you know, like a dress shirt), canvas high-tops, and a heavy brain bucket. Gets dropped like a rock on the first lap, but just keeps on going. We lap him maybe 6 times in the space of an hour+ (2.25 miles per lap). He shows up the next week, same bike, dress, etc. Gets dropped at the start but keeps going. This goes on for the rest of the season, then no one hears from him.

Fast forward two seasons later. This guy is a cat 3, and is just naive enough to not know that he can't just motor away from the pack. He's stilll stick skinny, but he's upgraded his ride and is "properly attired." The guy goes out and does the TT Nats when they're in Seattle. Haven't heard about him, but I'm sure he's still out there somewhere. That guy was a true inspiration and a model of the "never give up" attitude. Some of the old guard from this area could probably help me out with his name -- something Miller. Anyway, I hope to meet this guy again some time so I can tell him how inspiring his attitude was.
When you are olderDCP
Aug 14, 2002 1:20 PM
you have a built in (and completely valid) excuse for getting dropped. No great ego harm. In fact, it is pretty cool when you are still with the pack when some of those youngsters are getting dropped. You find your satisfaction where you can.
If you ever want to get dropped by 40 and 55 year olds...jose_Tex_mex
Aug 14, 2002 4:38 PM
I can recommend a few places. I ride with a few people who are years older than I and they regularly beat me down. There's no problem getting the paceline in to the high 20's and averaging mid - high twenties over very hilly/mountainous terrain.

Also, one of the riders we encounter is the ex-Bulgarian Nat'l champ - he's 50 something, calves bigger than most quads. If you ever want to get dropped by an "old guy" just cycle 9W from the GWB to Nyack on the weekends.
Story of my life.270bullet
Aug 14, 2002 1:55 PM
Subsitute Bob for my name, insert Saturday and Sunday for Tuesday - and you describe my rides for the past 10 years. It's a pain to stick with the group over 20 miles of flats, only to be dropped like a rock on the first hard climb. The last 60 miles riding alone telling yourself, someday or rather someyear I'll be able to get out enough on a consistent basis to stay with these 150 lb whippets up at least the first hill.