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First road race this weekend - REPORT(5 posts)

First road race this weekend - REPORTshrEd
Sep 8, 2003 7:48 AM
OK, so I'ved race mountain bikes for a while, but haven't raced on the road until Sunday. It's totally different, but in a good way. I guess mountain biking helps in terms of bike control, but I have a lot to learn when it comes to race tactics - but I'm anxious to learn (I went out to bridge to a break-away and ended up pulling the peleton w/ me - doh!)

Wow, what a blast! It was great. Thanks to Thorman and Philippe for great advice, it really, really helped. Everything you guys said was true in this race:

- stay in the front
- always keep focus in front
- make gradual changes
- first half of race is crazy fast
- never look at a crash

The end was marred by a nasty crash at the sprint that I narrowly avoided, but all-in-all, it was really cool and I did pretty well. I'm hooked and plan on doing more races next season. Thanks.

"Narrowly Avoided??"Spiderman
Sep 8, 2003 9:29 AM
Does that mean you crashed or avoided it? I hate those stupid oxy-morons.
"Narrowly Avoided??"shrEd
Sep 8, 2003 9:36 AM
No, I did not crash...I avoided the crash by a narrow margin...

Damn your eyes!

Sep 8, 2003 11:54 AM
"Nearly avoided" is a double-negative. "Narrowly avoided" is proper usage, just like "near miss". Neither is an oxymoron.
Sep 8, 2003 12:59 PM
How is "narrowly avoided" an oxymoron? "Escape" is one definition of "avoid."