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Second race report . . . . . .(7 posts)

Second race report . . . . . .bill
Jul 2, 2002 7:42 AM
Warmed up, took a last pee, went to the line (Cat 4/5 race). Oops, there are a lot of fellows already there. No place to go but the rear. Lots and lots in front, still pretty many guys behind (100 rider field).
Go. A little bad luck on clipping in. Later to learn that another guy's worse luck clipping in knocked over a bunch of riders (which I couldn't even see), further slowing the start for the cattle in the rear.
Got to go, got to go. Oooh, it's kind of fast, isn't it? I learn that you can't trust any wheel back there, because we've all been gapped. Looking for cover, none to be had. Riders strung out. I can see the pack up ahead; they're not getting further, but they surely aren't getting closer.
Not enough experience to get a coterie to work together to bridge. Trying to find the legs to move up or to latch on to someone who does. None to be had. HR climbing. Getting worse, not better. Field is not slowing; of course, they've got cover. We're all working our tails off. My one saving grace is that I realize I can turn better than some guys that are more or less with me, struggling with me, so that as they whipsaw up, I am gliding through, getting a little breather. Still not enough. Working a lot harder than my first race; later to learn that the average speed was about the same.
Okay, that's enough of that. Even though my little group got pulled before some riders behind us (about ten laps into the 25 lap race -- 8 mi out of 20), it was all pretty futile, for us, for lots of others. I would be surprised if more than 50 riders finished.
Next time. It's still fun.
"the first race you must win"lonefrontranger
Jul 2, 2002 1:17 PM
... "is the race to the start line" - Aldo Ross; 1993

My first cycling mentor. Spirito and Allison seem to have unearthed his writings on the General / Retro boards.

I've said it myself many times. But you will never more fully appreciate the lesson than when it's been hammered home at the expense of your entry fee and pride. Great race report, sorry you had to learn that one the hard way!

FWIW I made the same mistake at the short-track MTB race last Weds. nite. And I've been racing more than long enough to know better.
Hey LFR...RockyMountainRacer
Jul 3, 2002 7:32 AM
Are those Boulder short-track races a good time? I've been thinking about heading up to try one of those sometime soon. What are they like? Just a crit on dirt, with a little less reliance on drafting? How many people ussually show up?
they rocklonefrontranger
Jul 3, 2002 9:33 AM
I had a great time last week, even though the Women's B field was big and fast and I got my head handed to me (plus I lined up in back like a simpleton).

I'm not going this week because the headset on my cross bike decided to come way loose, like fork-falling-out kinda loose, and it's a good excuse not to race because I'm cooked as it is.

Those short-track races are totally like a dirt crit. The loose sandy / gravelly stuff and short steep climbs will jump up and bite you on the butt if you're not paying attention. I saw a couple dust mushroom clouds which marked bad decisions in the Men's B, and I nearly wadded it up myself a couple times on the sketchy corners (especially the downhill one full of loose baseball sized rocks), although it may just be that my 'cross tires are over 2 years old and the tread is completely worn off.

I'll come watch if you decide to go!
plus I lined up in back like a simpletonbill
Jul 3, 2002 10:02 AM
you just called me a simpleton! you did! you did!AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
i'm crushed.
well, it was a dumb move on my part 'cause I know better!lonefrontranger
Jul 3, 2002 10:22 AM
Cool! - now that I've psychologically scarred you for life, I'll stick a pump in your spokes as I ride past... (just kidding!)

The difference is that I've been racing for ten years and I so know better than to do that. In my case it was a matter of having my thumb up my *** sitting around talking and not paying attention to where and when the official was lining folks up. Hence the simpleton remark.

Anyway, first year racers are pretty much exempt from this accusation by default. Everyone's gotta learn sometime.

Or to paraphrase one of my bosses at G.E.: "the fastest and easiest way to permanently engrave the RIGHT answer onto your brain is to really foul it up bad once". This after one of the machinists had turned an expensive and difficult to obtain piece of stock into a far-too-small diameter shaft (d'oh!), but it applies to bike racing as well.
re: Second race report . . . . . .No_sprint
Jul 3, 2002 7:53 AM
In my opinion, the start line problem depends upon the field size and course make up. I always look at the registration sheets to get an idea. If the course is really tight with lots of turns combined with a 100 rider field, well, start position makes a difference. If the course is super wide with three sweepers and a 40 man field, no biggie. Yep, lots of fun. I love racin'.