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Another race report...shirt
Jun 23, 2002 6:13 PM
Well, it's been three long months since I raced, and old shirt decided all the training he'd been doing was stupid unless he did something with it. So I entered a stereotypical industrial park criterium that came a day after a big, locally famous roadrace, hoping nobody would show up.

Dream on. When I registered the clowns taking money said, "Only fourteen people have signed up! It'll be cake!" An hour later 55 pissed-off Masters rolled up to the line looking to express some mid-life crisis aggression. Not that I speak from experience or anything...

But wait, it gets better. Seems the city of Fremont, California decided to do some regrading of the streets in our vicinity and turns 2 and 3 (of 4) were in that 'striated' condition the pavement is in before they lay new asphalt. Not only that, but there was construction equipment on the course and a nice 1" lip (going up) in the middle of turn 3. It couldn't have been more to my liking.

So the race starts, blah, blah, blah, the pace averaged around 28 with a few lap long blasts up to 32, and a few tactical slow downs to about 22, blah, blah, blah, and then it was the LAST LAP.

And do you know what old shirt did? The exact same thing he did in March! Went WAY to the far left and pedaled his little heart out! And did he win? NO! Did he get second? YES. Was it a photo finish???? YES. Did shirt lose by less than an inch? YES! Is he wishing he'd done ONE more sprint workout last week? YES. BLAST!

Second SUCKS.

Your man shirt...
re: 2nd sucks, but shirt is funny..(nm)Iseemo
Jun 24, 2002 2:42 PM
clowns taking money!?lonefrontranger
Jun 25, 2002 2:09 PM
I resemble that remark! And will resemble that remark again on Sunday... hmm, perhaps I need to resurrect my old "support your local race promoter" thread?

Good job tho - hey the podium is better than crashing or a pack finish, right? I know it's frustrating. I missed a win at City Park by about a tire width. The camera showed I did an excellent bike toss, but the old arms weren't quite long enough (the gal who won is 5'10").

shirt you are a funny boy. Keep at it!
No No No!!!shirt
Jun 26, 2002 8:05 AM
The clowns remark was meant to be FLATTERY. Isn't it the duty of the guys behind the portable table to be funny? Especially early in the morning? They were! I thought that was half of their job...

Yeah, the podium was okay, but I don't like the step I was on. I know that sounds spoiled and probably irritates most of you, but I can't help it. Second sucks.
No No No!!!flyinbowlofmilk
Jun 30, 2002 6:19 PM
You could passthat on down to me . I could use a 2nd place finish in a race. I would be eggstatic if I place 2nd.
Here's the thing:...shirt
Jul 4, 2002 2:10 PM
It's for the taking!

Carpe Victorum, Brother Fly!