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Thanks to Racing Forum VetsMarlon
Jul 20, 2001 5:08 AM
Well, a big thank you to people like Lonefrontranger, Doug Sloan, and many others. I've only been seriously riding for half a year and just started racing this summer, but the encouragement and advice offered has been fabulous, and I feel like I've really improved.

The latest example: on the last Tuesday nighter cat 3-5 crit (yes, they actually combine all those cats in one group!), we hit average speeds of about 27-28 mph, I kid you not, but I managed to hang in with the front group. All the time, I was muttering to myself "think loose, grasshopper, loose" and somewhere around my 15th lap, I swear I had visions of a Bianchi Milano leading the pack. A bit later, the pack stretched out big-time with 6 laps to go, and that's when the elastic truly "snapped", with me on the right end for once. I even actually felt strong enough to launch an attack on the 2nd last lap. It didn't work (I was caught within a 1/4 of a lap), but for a few seconds, I had a small lead that looked like it had a small chance of getting away. I still stuck it out for the final sprint out though, and I placed 5th or 6th to the sounds of "go like a raped monkey" echoing in my mind.

To sum up, I'm still a young "grasshopper" to many of you guys, but one of these days, I hope be able to dish advice with the best of you. Thanks!
congratsDog
Jul 20, 2001 12:04 PM
Sounds like you did well and enjoyed it. That's what it's all about.

Don't forget that you won't qualify to "dish advice" until you've made a lot of mistakes, and learned from them. Sounds like you are doing fine (mistake free), and won't qualify anytime soon. :-)

Doug
Rock on!Old Guy
Jul 20, 2001 1:15 PM
You have snatched the pebble.....rollo tommassi
Jul 22, 2001 8:20 PM
Way to go!
I like what Doug had to say!
Keep up the good work, and keep launching those attacks!
Wow :)lonefrontranger
Jul 23, 2001 4:52 PM
Yes, you are right - it's an incredibly good feeling when the pack is strung out nose-to-tail, getting raggedy, and you realize you're on the right side of the gaps.

Sounds like you skipped right over the 1st year learning curve there. Seriously, good work! This just proves that triathletes often make the best road racers once they get the basics down.

Good luck, and keep enjoying yourself!
the next step... (humorous)Dog
Jul 26, 2001 12:07 PM
Got to read this guy's articles, starting with this one:

http://www.columbiabikeclub.com/bigtime.htm

http://www.columbiabikeclub.com/jim'scorner.asp

The guy is hilarious, and provides some down-to-earth information (but a bit off color).

Doug