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Hey BLG and everyone else, how'd the racing go this weekend?(22 posts)

Hey BLG and everyone else, how'd the racing go this weekend?speedisgood
Apr 8, 2002 7:01 AM
I had my first race yesterday, and per my yearly schedule, one of my worst from a tactical standpoint. In the season's first race, I usually just chase everything down and do everything I know I shouldn't do just cuz I'm so excited to be racing again.

We had only 40 guys or so in the 1-4 field but the most powerful team by far were the Go Mart boys. They attacked from the gun and just rotated attacks. I was one of the few trying to chase them down and keep it under control but I ended up blowing myself up after 4 laps (of 7) and got dropped like a bag of wet sqirrels. I eventually got lapped by the breakaway and finished the race one lap down.

On the upside, we got 2 guys in the top 5 (2nd and 5th) so in the end everything worked out ok. FWIW, the other guys in the top 5 were all Go Mart. Figures.

Oh well, next race tomorrow and it's supposed to rain! Woohoo!
re: Hey BLG and everyone else, how'd the racing go this weekend?Troyboy
Apr 8, 2002 7:52 AM
Another pack finish for me. I haven't seen the podium in the first quarter. I'm bummed. I spent 4 months last year recovering from a bad crash but I thought I'd see something earlier this year. Oh well. About a month off now and then another slew of crits beginning early May.
3rd at Stazio, 10th at Boulder Roubaix (Cat 4)BipedZed
Apr 8, 2002 9:08 AM
As of last night officially upgraded to Category 3. Pack Meat I'll be lining up next to you soon.
big congrats!lonefrontranger
Apr 8, 2002 9:44 AM
You'll do fine in the 3's - they don't seem to hit the brakes as much, so I think you'll have a better time staying hidden in the pack. John said you were disappointed with your finish at the Roubaix, but I think 10th is no slouch, out of what; 120 starters?

I got crushed at the Roubaix. Absolutely crushed. Did a lot of stupid chasing early on, then got popped on that little climb just after the Death Corner. 17th of 26, only 4 spots better than last year. Sigh. Back to the drawing board.
Apr 8, 2002 10:05 AM
Did I talk to John yesterday? I must have been delirious. I was disappointed because I think I could have won the race (or at least top 5).

The pace was brutal from the very beginning - even before the neutral pacing was over. As the first race of the day the neutral vehicle took us from the start line over that deep loose gravel section right after the start line instead of the road. At that slow speed with everyone bunched together it was absolute chaos as riders started sliding and falling all over the place. I was lucky enough to clean the section fine and when the race started on the dirt road we just HAMMERED. After the first lap the lead group was still around 30 guys so a few of the strongest riders agreed to thin it out over the next lap by upping the already high pace. Every dirt section was absolute full throttle, but due to the number of MTBers in the group they would sit up every time we got to the road. Frustrating. By the last lap the lead group was thined down to 15 of us and everyone looked strong. A few attacks were reeled in on the final road section and I knew everyone was waiting until the last 3 mile dirt stretch to the finish. On the last left turn from the pavement onto the dirt canal road I slid out in the gravel and had to come to a complete stop and put a foot down. It was only a few seconds but too late, I spent the last 3 miles TTing a few seconds behind the leaders. But compared to what could have happened (flat, crash, or mechanical), I'm pleased with 10th.

Interesting that the death corner wasn't an issue at all with my group. We motioned to slow for the corner and there wasn't a single crash the whole race in our group. Of course the lead group was pretty strong and could handle their bikes well.

Remember it's still early in the season and there's a lot of time to work on your limiters. I'll be racing mostly in the afternoons now, but hopefully I'll see you around at the races.
Second That!allervite
Apr 8, 2002 10:19 AM
Excellent Job!
Looks like you are going to do quite well. You've got the speed to upgrade and the balls to actually do it. Keep Kickin ass!
I would recommend lining up closer to the front than next to me.Pack Meat
Apr 8, 2002 11:15 AM
I started at the back of the pack at the Roubaix and well you saw the rest. Crash at the bottom of the chicane and well that didn't matter because I was already blown. I was happy to get to that point with the main field. The course was rough, rough, rough. About a 1/4 mile into the race we hit the first section of washboards and about 25 water bottles went flying everywhere, it was pretty cool.

Congrats on the placings and the upgrade.
Stazio start line photo (poor quality)BipedZed
Apr 9, 2002 12:11 PM
Taken by the chief official as we were getting instructions. I'm in the front row in the middle with the orange jersey/blue shorts and silver helmet.
Let's try thisjim hubbard
Apr 8, 2002 11:05 AM
Well I try and give you a race report.
Saturday was the running of the national semi-classic(if you can call it that) of the Rotarua to Taupo. This is a metric 100 and is a "fun" but has a race section as well. The day was an early start 4:00am to get there so after 3 hours driving to get there and 3/4 of an hour to register(always pre-register then you don't have these sort of problems!)I was feeling shot so about 1 1/2 before the start went to the local coffee shop and had 4 double expresso's and started feeling a bit better.
Lined up on the start line with the 150 other people who were in the race section and starting to get nervious. Can feel the juices start to flow the adrelin start to kick in.
10, 9, 8, 7, 5, O F*&k lets go and everyone starts rolling. There is the imediate attack I swing right drop to the 14 and wind it up. 200m later am on the back of him hard left through the roundabout. CLick, click 11 time to go. Wind it up focus on the lead car look at the speedo 55kph feeling good. Follow the car out of town. Can hear someone behind me, glance under my arm, yup there is someone there. Pull for another 500m flick my arm and they roll through. Shift up to the 14 and hit some rollers. Continue like this for another 8k hit. We are joined by a chase group of 6 others. Look to the right cones and a turn right lead car keeps going straight. Follow the car. 1k later the car basically does a hand brake turn, O F&*k we have overshot the turn. The car accelerates and leaves us then "you Mother F&*ker" I scream. Shifting up through the gears 17, brake turn around. Wind it up make it bak to the turn paint line form this direction swing wide, then hear that sickening sound of a bike hitting the ground, this always makes me feeling kind of sick when ever I hear that. Through the turn Someone rolles over me and winds it up down through the gears again 13. I roll over him can see the people that have already been dropped and the convoy up ahead. Start winding it up 60kph we hit the back to the stragglers I don't even look left just keep pedalling. Look under my arm on one of the original break guys left he rolls through. More stragglers, though they are looking a bit stronger. We hit a longer hill shift up to the 17. We catch the tail end of the convoy. I tuck in behind the vehicles to get some recovery. Time to move drop to the 16 and move up the outside of the bunch..............

You want to hear anymore? Is this writing any good?
Dude! What's with the Tease!allervite
Apr 8, 2002 11:58 AM
Finish! That's just wrong!
Dude! What's with the Tease!jim hubbard
Apr 8, 2002 7:50 PM
Enough replies and I will. I was just checking that everyone liked the style.
Feed me!Len J
Apr 9, 2002 4:20 AM
C'mon, quit holdin out! It's like losing the last 10 pages of a good book.

I laughed, I cried, it became a part of me (nm)hrv
Apr 9, 2002 7:34 AM
hey, no fair...up_hiller
Apr 9, 2002 10:44 AM
I hope you're workin on the rest right now...
Part 2jim hubbard
Apr 9, 2002 11:22 AM
Move to the front of the bunch and slot in 5 wheels back. Can see that there are two up the road about 600m off the front. They don't look as though they are riding way from the bunch at any great pace. Start rolling through, when I am beside the guy who has just pulled I ask "who is up the road?" "Don't know" is the reply. Well that f^&ken dumb al least I have an excuse for not knowing. We roll along till we hit a long up hill stretch, not enough to drop to the small ring but still a decent climb. I see someone in my perphical vision as that jump Click, click, click 19 and start to smoothly wind the gear hitting 24kph and tag the back of the rider that kicked. Ease then roll through and start increasing the tempo. Can see the guys up the road 450m now. We have a gap 5 riders time, to put more pressure on. Click 17 and 27kph. Gap is shrinking. The paceline starts working well. And we close the distance to the lead riders. Am at the back, turn can't see the bunch. We start finding the rythem, as the song says "Roll'n, Roll'n yeah!". Left turn scan the topography trying to guess what the road is going to do next. The we hit the hills, well rollers for the time being. We come around the corner a there is a long steeper climb, I had been told about this, trying dropping to the little ring, click nothing, click nothing. O shit, new bike and the front deraileur is not working(moral: always field test your gear) its getting steeper, I start slowly drifting backwards. Am now at the back shit what am I going to do?

Tease Alert!! I'm hooked, need my fix. nmLen J
Apr 9, 2002 11:36 AM
More?????jim hubbard
Apr 9, 2002 7:44 PM
More?????Len J
Apr 10, 2002 6:30 AM
In the last episode, our hero was fighting a broken shifter while drifting to the back, His public wants to know what happens next. (Teased by the TBC)

Part 3jim hubbard
Apr 10, 2002 10:49 AM
Having now hit the back of the bunch, and starting to think that I was going to have to roll a big gear up the climb, I started to tug on the cable, still coming up short. I stop pedalling and tried to coast. Reaching down with my right hand I gave the deraileur a small push and the chain dropped to the small ring. Time to get back to it. Trying not to panic I shifted to the 19. Winding trying to find a good rythem I started up the climb. 1, 2, 3, 4, back at the front as I passed the riders as the elastic started to stretch on the climb. Drop to 17 and stand to stretch the legs sit back down, and change to the 19 again. Still trying to read the road to see what it is going to do next. 1 k later we crest the top of the climb, well that must have been the climb that the manager warned me about, yup right distance etc. We drop down and hit some roller minus two of the guys that just didn't make it over the climb close enough. Up, down, up, down droppping down more and we hit flat roads again. Feeling great go to the front and start taking longer pulls, 47, 48, 49, 50kph. By this stage we were reaching the 35k mark and back into some small rollers. Still feeling good time for an other long pull. Pulling hard and the road starts to go up we come around the corner and there is what looks like a wall infront of use. O shit the manager got the distance wrong to the climb!!! I start to go backwards, drop to the small ring and try riding tempo, ah this isn't going to work either. The climber in the group rides up past me, should I kick and go for his wheel? I don't I can't see the top of the climb and have to idea how steep it is so I just keep riding tempo, except by this time it has turned into grinding tempo and I am already in the 23. The wall gets steeper, time to get out of the seat. I stand and start levering on the bars trying to get more speed out of the bike. I sit again, one of the riders that hadn't been pulling hard crawls past, and starts pulling away. The road curves to the rights and you can see it starting to level a bit. The final rider left goes past. I can't let this go, so I stand and power onto his wheel to hold it. As we reach the top some w&*ker starts playing a ser of bagpipes, and I start thinking why? We hit the downhill on the other side and I can see the other two up the road. Apexing the corners I slowly close the gap.

Well...we're waiting.......... NMLen J
Apr 12, 2002 8:57 AM
Part 3allervite
Apr 12, 2002 1:47 PM
Ever watch one of those cool made for TV movies, but they don't show the second half until next week and by then you forget all about the show and miss the second half?
Sorry been busy, have to race my bike too ya know (nm)jim hubbard
Apr 13, 2002 12:47 PM