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late season front-range races for a newbie?(4 posts)

late season front-range races for a newbie?TomS
Aug 16, 2002 8:13 AM
So I've gone on a few group rides over the past month and a half (with LVC - thanks for the tip LFR!) and surprised myself by being able to keep up with the fast group - ok, sometimes it's more like hanging on, but after the first ride I didn't fall back to the slower group either. I even usually pass a bunch of people up hills without trying too hard, which makes up for falling back a bit in sprints or downhills. My biggest weakness, besides all-out speed in a sprint, is still not being totally comfortable in a tight pack, so I sometimes let myself drift back from the wheel infront of me without meaning to.

Anyway I'd like to try a race before the season is totally over; unfortunately I'll be out of town the next two weekends (8/24 and over labor day), so I can't do the superior race. How about the Gore Pass road race on 9/7? I'm a little nervous about a crit, so this sounds pretty good to me... 43 miles out-and-back, with 4000 feet of climbing. Any comments on this as a good/bad choice for a first race? Any others that might be better? thanks!

(I had given some thought to the mt evan's hillclimb last month, but had to nix that because of other commitments I had forgotten about... yeah I like climbing, that's where I can usually catch people that are otherwise faster than me)
Not much choiceBipedZed
Aug 16, 2002 8:37 AM
The two road races that weekend are the only road races left in Colorado for the season after the Superior races. They are both completely new races, and it appears will favor the climbers.

Gore Pass looks particularly good for a newbie race because the entire road will be closed (no center line so the pack won't have to be as compact).

Good luck, I'll be there too.
yes, Gore Pass sounds like a good onelonefrontranger
Aug 16, 2002 12:29 PM
Especially judging from your description. You may suffer like you've never suffered before, but as BipedZed mentioned, it won't be like throwing it down in a crit right off the bat. I'd say go for it; no matter what you'll be stoked and ready to jump in next season.

You should come watch some cyclocross this fall. I'd expect boulderracing.com to post information about their series soon. They do 'cross races at the CU research park on the corner of Foothills and Colorado, and it's entertaining spectating to say the least.

Glad to hear you're enjoying the Louisville group. Were you at last night's LVC ride? I was there and hung in until they turned off Jasper Rd. I've not been on a bike in 3 weeks and the collarbone is still a bit snarky about some things, but I'd have to say I felt pretty good.

The group was large for Thurs. nite, and was doing their typical standing start sprints out of every corner. Since I was being very conservative and sitting at the back, I've now come to appreciate what Tyler Hamilton said about racing / riding with a busted shoulder. You're okay until you decide to get out of the saddle. Standing up to pull on the bike with acceleration in mind, however, is an absolute bear. I contested the first three hard accelerations, then decided discretion was the better part of valor and let the group go when they turned off Jasper onto 119th. Terry and the guy in the Xterra jersey on the blue Litespeed caught up with me, so I rode in with them at a little more reasonable pace.
I was there last nightTomS
Aug 16, 2002 2:06 PM
I was going to say "hi" and introduce myself after Terry said something about going slow, but by the time I put 2+2 together and realized that was you (broken collarbone, riding a mogul bismark) everyone was heading out. doh! Glad to hear you're back on the bike though!

I've only managed to make a few rides, all thursday nights. The first time I didn't really know what to expect, and hung out at the back at first, and fell way back on the first acceleration because I didn't see it coming. But it was fun, I rode with Terry and a couple of other people who were also taking it slow. The last couple times I had a better idea of what was happening, and stayed with the group.

It's a good group though, everyone I've chatted with has been really nice. And it must be growing - each time I've gone it's been about that size - are there even more people on mondays/saturdays?

Oh and I work at the CU research park, my company moved here earlier this year, so I can definitely catch those cross races! I watched a couple of the short-track mtb races too, but usually didn't feel like sticking around too much after being here all day working.