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First road race report.(5 posts)

First road race report.STEELYeyed
Jul 6, 2002 5:57 PM
I've been TTing all year but this was my first ever road race,my goal was to finish the 25mi. race with the lead pack and not donate any skin to road. It was a flat,fast route and and 70 riders all started at once. I got to front as quickly as I could and found a safe,fast wheel to hang on to. It was fast and furious and after about 15 miles the lead pack was down to about 25 and I held my line about 15 riders from the front,anticipating every sprint and responding. Then in a heartbeat my safe,fast wheel lost his focus and overlapped,and was down right in my line with me boxed in on both sides. And then some how he slid not more than a mm to right of my wheel and I got past,Whew.
re: First road race report. part 2STEELYeyed
Jul 6, 2002 6:06 PM
I managed to acheive my goal of finishing less than a minute off the winning time,and with all my body parts in tact. And I learned some things about stratagy and positioning,RR seems to be as much a head game as it is physical which makes it very interesting. I finished in 1:02:17 and in that hour I experienced a range of emotions that just can't be duplicated.
re: First road race report. part 2flyinbowlofmilk
Jul 7, 2002 4:22 PM
Congradulations,STEELYeyed. What was you final place in the race. The emotions are to be expected. And I see you TTing payed off too.
I finished 13th,STEELYeyed
Jul 7, 2002 6:31 PM
and I really think I could have done better but in the last half mile a team of about 10-12 guys formed a pace line in the order that they wanted to finish,and the main group of singles broke up and I couldn't find any cover. What is a single rider to do in a situation like that? When you don't know any one at the finish it's hard to know who you can rely on.
I finished 13th,LC
Jul 8, 2002 10:33 AM
The only thing to do is to join a team. Not only will it help you ride faster, it is more fun as well.