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Okay Colorado critters! Who's going to Excel?(13 posts)

Okay Colorado critters! Who's going to Excel?lonefrontranger
Apr 10, 2002 7:59 AM
Who's game for the next installment of the RECURRENT NIGHTMARE - Stazio for the third weekend in (almost) a row!

I'll be racing in the AM and working registration in the afternoon. Look for a small, square chick with a loud mouth and *very* platinum hair. Come introduce yourself if I don't know you.

And yes, RMR, I totally did see the CU guy who went cyclocrossing over the curb in the 4 race last week. He was about six feet away from me. Fortunately my teammate and I were standing in the wheel pit, so the crash happened a few yards downstream of us.

I've had to go curb hopping myself a time or two. This is a good skill to practice IMO. BipedZed went dirt surfing to avoid a different crash in that race. You can't be afraid to ride thru the gravel and the grass to avoid stuff. At Snake Alley (a crit in Burlington Iowa), the trick to gaining ground on the downhill is to cut the corners all the way up onto the sidewalks (they're ramped).

Crit season is here!
50/50BipedZed
Apr 10, 2002 8:09 AM
As seems to be the case after every hard racing weekend I am now feeling not really sick, but not really well either. My stressed immune system always takes a beating after really hard races. I skipped an interval workout last night and against my better judgement will do the Cherry Creek 10 mile TT tonight. The effort will probably totally tax me and bring on a full on cold so we'll see about the weekend. If I hadn't already done Stazio 2 times this year I may have held off on the TT tonight, but honestly I'm a bit tired of the course.

I'm really looking forward to Carter Lake on the 20th however. I'll keep you posted on the Excel Crit.
dude, don't get sicklonefrontranger
Apr 10, 2002 1:49 PM
That whole Cherry Creek TT thing sounds like a bad idea, racing or no racing this weekend. Maybe go there and ride 80%? (I know, I know...)

Sounds like "coming off peak" syndrome. Means your training was effective, anyway. I hit a great peak at the Paducah stage race one year; raced like a champ for 2 days then felt like s*** the rest of the week.
Have you seen this?BipedZed
Apr 10, 2002 1:01 PM
From http://www.roadbikephotos.com

Looking good!
holy cow!lonefrontranger
Apr 10, 2002 1:47 PM
I look fat...

I remember seeing him take that picture and wondering if it would turn up somewhere later. Thanks for the link! Now I can show my mom back home in OH just how crazy I really am.
holy cow!JohnG
Apr 10, 2002 6:26 PM
Just tell everyone that time-space is modified at the speeds you were approaching. ;)

Hey, what's with all the crashes at the photo point??? Were people "showing off" their bike handling skills on purpose or was there some nasty hairpin turn that is just out of camera range?

ride on
JohnG
not in that gear...lonefrontranger
Apr 10, 2002 7:37 PM
What a dumbass gear, what was I thinking? I doubt I was going fast enough in it to warp any time/space continuum. And my chain's obviously too short. Grrr.

That shot was taken on a deceptive little curve in the narrow gravel section. There's only a couple good lines, and on the sides, as BipedZed can attest, there's some "extra-special" gravel. It doesn't take much to overcook those little sweepers on the narrow part, then you get into the deep stuff, your front wheel's gone... end of story.
Where was this exactly?BipedZed
Apr 10, 2002 8:38 PM
I don't remember any photographers on the course, but it's obviously a section where the pack was strung out enough to take singles. Was it the final left turn onto the canal dirt road?
yeah, just after that in the sweeper.lonefrontranger
Apr 11, 2002 5:26 AM
It was just after the left where you had to dab, but before we crossed the road thru the 2 gates. Right as you came onto the canal path, you turned left, went straight for about 200 yards, then went through a small bend. That's where the photog was.
Gratuitous Stazio Crit picBipedZed
Apr 10, 2002 8:41 PM
I had a good TT tonight and am feeling somewhat decent so the Excel Crit on Saturday is looking better and better.
who are the lucky guys behind you in the green - YUCK ! nmclimbo
Apr 11, 2002 4:35 AM
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their kit looks like grandma's curtains, doesn't it?lonefrontranger
Apr 11, 2002 5:23 AM
They're the Klein / Lee's Cyclery guys. Their kit is really bad IMO - but you can definitely see them!

That white Optic Nerve repeating motif makes it look like they're wearing green calico remnants from a JoAnn's clearance sale. The green is an eye-wrenching lime that wouldn't look out of place on an Easter bonnet.
yes it does, give me Acqua e Sapone any day over that !! nmclimbo
Apr 12, 2002 5:00 AM
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