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A poll - season goals(40 posts)

A poll - season goalsmass_biker
Feb 11, 2003 7:07 PM
Okay, the weatherman is predicting temps back to the single digits this Thursday, but the calendar ticks on, with the first training races not too far away. The transition from fixie to geared bike is within sight. That said, how about a poll about your goals for this season?

Mine - last year was to initiate breaks, this year is to make those breaks stick. Vague but consistent with the vagaries of racing.

How about yours?

re: A poll - season goalssuperdog
Feb 11, 2003 7:46 PM
My goal is to lap the field before I upgrade to cat 4.
podium in one race of any typeweiwentg
Feb 7, 2003 8:05 AM
anything equivalent to or better than Cat 4 road, that is. ideally I'd like to win one, but that will be much more feasible next year.
not get too fat and ride at least 2x a week nmDougSloan
Feb 11, 2003 8:20 PM
not get too fat and ride at least 2x a week nmSuperGnome
Feb 12, 2003 3:19 PM
*8) Mine's to get unfat and ride at least 2x a week, hopefully doing a century someplace in there.
Alpe d'Huez in under an hour, make it up Mt. Ventoux (nm)Elefantino
Feb 11, 2003 8:30 PM
Mt. Ventoux set up?ZvierBoy
Feb 12, 2003 4:07 AM
Just out of curiousity what casette did use on Mt. Ventoux?

I had a 12-26 7 speed with triple (26-36-46) and sure glad I had that (was coming home from a week in Pyrenees). I can not tell you how many gung-ho riders pased me during the 1st half of the climb only to be cought up with during the final part of the climb, about 3-4km from the top.

D'Heuz I did 2 weeks later, this time I had 39-53 with 13-26. I had fun climbing and did very well by my own standards, but will recall more often probably the Mt. Ventoux just because it is such a longer and chalenging climb.
Provincial Championship Critupandcomer
Feb 11, 2003 8:39 PM
Win the Alberta Provincial Crit in August. It's going to be harder now in Cat 3. Fingers crossed, legs tired.
where are you upandcomerjradford
Feb 12, 2003 7:01 AM
I am in edmonton and will start racing next year?
Doing the brevets and if possible PBP !PeterRider
Feb 11, 2003 10:15 PM
... am I the only one whose goals are not about racing ?

Nope, my goal is a few brevets and Quadzilla.dzrider
Feb 12, 2003 4:56 AM
Doing the brevets and if possible PBP !JS Haiku Shop
Feb 12, 2003 6:31 AM
brevet series, doubles, mountain centuries, more miles,...
re: A poll - season goalsphilippec
Feb 12, 2003 1:13 AM
top ten: season opener in Montdidier (or at least put the hurt on in a blazing break-away!)
Stage win: Tour des Yvelines
Team GC: Tour du Morvan in June
Stage win: Tour du Morvan
Sub-4:45hr: Ventoux-Tristan Mouric
Sub-6:30hr: Marmotte
Sub-6:00: Etape du Tour, and
one win in the fall.

Etape du Tour sign upZvierBoy
Feb 12, 2003 4:10 AM

I remeber you mentioning once before you are going to do the Etape du Tour. Do you have a link handy with the sign up information? I would like to do it and I think I may be able to convince at least one person into doing it with me.

Thanks in advance,
Google much?soup
Feb 12, 2003 6:20 AM

Time is of the essencems
Feb 12, 2003 7:44 AM
The Etape registration form is on the English language part of the website and only can be used by non-residents of France. Registration began on January 29. Last year, my registration form reached Velo Magazine/ASO on February 11 and I was jersey number 6006. Only 7,500 riders are allowed to register. If you want to do the Etape, you should send your form ASAP by the quickest means possible.
re: A poll - season goalsSpunout
Feb 12, 2003 4:07 AM
Yes, finish my first races in 18 years.

Finish in the pack in the OBC Grand Prix. Good showing at provincial championships. Some late season races for peaks.
Get My Cat.1 And Go Pro =)BigLeadOutGuy
Feb 12, 2003 5:47 AM
Thats the season end goal. Of course there are smaller goals along the way like the Nats and some NRC races and what not. But I think the main goal is to get the cat 1 upgrade, when I do that...quit the fulltime job im doing and train full time to give it a real shot of working.
Knock on wood =)
can I ask you how old are you?Qubeley
Feb 12, 2003 6:06 AM
And how long have you been racing?
And how much time did you spend in each category?
can I ask you how old are you?BigLeadOutGuy
Feb 12, 2003 8:38 AM
Ive raced 1 season, did 16 races and am a cat 3.
spent the 10 race minimum in cat 5
won 2 races and placed 2nd and 3rd in about 3 other cat 4 races. the other races I placed in the pro/cat1,2,3 I already have some points to put toward my cat 2 upgrade. I also did the uscf elite TT national.
before I started racing I had never cycled at all. I bought a bike last winter and trained for 4 months and started racing that spring.I got pretty far considering my limited time on the bike (13 months) and I am probably getting ahead of myself a little but hopefully I will continue to progress the I have been and if I do, I might have a decent shot, but who knows what will happen.
knock on wood =)
I guess you can't ask how old BLG is. Secret? nmSpunout
Feb 12, 2003 9:24 AM
no no, I was in a rush..hadda get to work...BigLeadOutGuy
Feb 12, 2003 7:06 PM
I just got wrapped up in writing about all the other 28
#1 Have more fun. #2 Ride less unless it interferes with #1.nmMB1
Feb 12, 2003 5:50 AM
Good luck on goal #2. nmKristin
Feb 12, 2003 3:25 PM
Let's see....joekm
Feb 12, 2003 6:22 AM
1) Do some organized distance rides (never done that before)

2) Do my first solo century

3) Make an honest accessment of whether I have the time
and ability to try my hand at racing.
Have Fun, Drop to 225lbs., 4000 miles, start commutingbigrider
Feb 12, 2003 7:15 AM
I ride for enjoyment and riding hard and having fun are often dependent on each other. I love riding in a small group on long rides through hilly country roads.

I am going to drop to 225 instead of last year's 240

I am going to start commuting 11 miles each way. I did it for two weeks in the dead of winter and loved it after getting dressed. My road setups don't agree with the recent weather but as soon as the snow and salt go I am going to start.
simple goalsmohair_chair
Feb 12, 2003 7:41 AM
1. Ride as many climbs in France as I can get to, including L'Alpe d'Huez and Ventoux. I'll be spending two weeks outside Grenoble and I plan to ride every day I'm there.

2. Complete a 24-hour MTB race. I'll be on a team, so theoretically this won't be hard to do.

3. Complete and do well in at least one triathlon.
re: A poll - season goalsdesert-rider
Feb 12, 2003 7:46 AM
-Do my first Crit & road races this year...aiming to finish with the pack
-Finish top 5 in a Sport Mnt bike race
-Finish the Leadville Trail 100 under 9 hrs
Just Ride MoreRJF
Feb 12, 2003 8:18 AM
I dont' own a car, so my bikes are my main source of transportation. I commute to work by bike. I use the bike for weekend errands.

All this transportation riding sometimes burns me out on the weekend fun rides. Not to mention a demanding job that often requires weekend work, plus constant home remodeling, having young children, and finding space for other time-consumming hobbies.

So, my main goal is just to consistently get out and do a long, fun ride every Saturday morning.
I have a big event that I am focusing on...Gregory Taylor
Feb 12, 2003 8:48 AM
...I've signed up to do the L'Etape du Tour in July. This is an event put on by the Tour de France organizers. It is run like the Gran Fondo events in Italy -- they put a timing chip on your bike and cut you loose with 7,500 other riders. This year's event follows one of the mountain stages of the Tour (Pau - Bayonne). They award Gold/Silver/Bronze certificates based on where you place. I'll be riding in the "Old Farts" category.

My goal is to focus on climbing (Hah! Me, a climber? I'm 195 lbs.! This will suck!) and reach my peak in July. My hope is to do better than a Bronze certificate. I'll be attempting to lure some of my riding buddies into a trip to the Shennandoahs, and a trip up Mount Weather. I already have the 25 tooth cog in back, ready to go...
road: brevets, PBP; mtb: Cascade Creampuff 100, La Ruta (nm)Lon Norder
Feb 12, 2003 9:22 AM
that's sounds like me (nm)cyclopathic
Feb 12, 2003 4:15 PM
Ironhorse Classic, Triple Bypass, RftR, 2 Oly Tri, 1 Xterra, 1 Sprint, 1 24 Hour Race,js5280
Feb 12, 2003 10:54 AM
AZ Spring Fling, Fruita Fat Tire Fest, Taos Gathering, Canmore Gathering, Maah Daah Hey, and/or find a decent job.
re: A poll - season goalsr-kelley
Feb 12, 2003 11:00 AM
-Complete Wilderness 101 MTB Race
-Finish Philly Marathon under 3 hours
-Complete 2 Hi-Tec Adventure Races
-Complete The Longest Day Advnture Race
-Finish a Tin Man
-Ride hard enough on the road to kick all my MTB friends butts.
-Beat Dennis P. up any hill
re: A poll - season goalsRich_Racer
Feb 12, 2003 11:53 AM
1. To do my 1000 miles base by the end of march
2. To train properly and perhaps with a team
3. To enter my first race in the US
Feb 12, 2003 11:53 AM
If I can go an entire season without crashing or at the very least not hitting my head that'll be a great start.

My theory as it stands is I had all my accidents early in my career so hopefully I got them all out of the way...

We'll see!

Nick, Nick.. are you sure you can pull it?? 8-Pcyclopathic
Feb 12, 2003 4:20 PM
Keep middle finger down. No crashing. Place in a few races. -nmTig
Feb 12, 2003 5:29 PM
re: A poll - season goalsThorman
Feb 12, 2003 6:22 PM
My biggest goal this year is to stay with the lead pack on hilly races. Last year I got caught in between the lead pack and the main field in every hilly race I did. Hopefully, the extra time I've spent training this winter will equate to holding with the little guys on the climbs come spring time.

re: A poll - season goalsSpaceCowboy
Feb 13, 2003 6:03 AM
1. Increase the amt. of centuries from 10 to 13.
2. Try to keep the avg. speed above 20 mph.
3. Ride more with girlfriend
4. Enjoy more some of the simple pleasures that cycling offers