|What I did this weekend....||Gregory Taylor|
Apr 23, 2002 7:41 AM
|Check out today's cyclingnews.com -- racing from the viewpoint of a 41-year-old Cat V.
|Nice report, get 'em next time. nm||Len J|
Apr 23, 2002 9:03 AM
|Great work!!!||James Curry|
Apr 23, 2002 10:53 AM
|Did you happen to catch who won the 50+ that left 2 minutes in front of ya'll? It was Peter Nye, author of Lance's training book. An NCVC rider, Peter won his first race since 1974 there in Columbia, Md last Sunday. The guy put a tremendous solo effort in and it really paid off! The pack caught him, but he still won within a BIKE length!!!
Guy's a hoss.
|The 50+ Race Was Pretty Good||Gregory Taylor|
Apr 23, 2002 5:40 PM
|I didn't know that the winner was Peter Nye. Cool. Yes, he is a stud. A buddy of mine did that particular race...he got shuffled from third back to the tail end of the pack on the last lap. He said that the accelleration on that last lap was something else.
Did you notice, though, that the Cat V guys had made up about a minute and a half on the 50+ field? I was told that they averaged a solid 24+ mph... See Duane's post below. That's pretty stout.
|Is that Stout for that course? I don't know!||James Curry|
Apr 24, 2002 7:17 AM
|It's wierd what elements of a race course make it either a fast course or a slow one!
So far I was WAY over anticipating the average speeds of Cat V races. I was thinking we would see averages like 28-30. So far all the races have been like low 20's. 23 seems to be the number for like three races I have been in so far.
I think the lower speed courses are the ones that have a long straight that is wind blown! I think that detracts from race pace the most. For many reasons-like the lack of teamwork in Cat V and no one forming an Echelon.
|I'm not any farther along than you...||Gregory Taylor|
Apr 24, 2002 7:46 AM
|...Columbia was my second road race. I was informed by more experienced riders that the almost-25 mph average was pretty good for the course. But what should I have expected?
The other race that I did -- the Tyson's Corner race -- was actually more work because the course was shorter and there were three distinct corners and a steeper uphill section. You were sprinting off each of the three corners for 23 or so laps. That got tiresome.