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Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?(58 posts)

Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?CARBON110
Mar 17, 2003 7:14 AM
I learned a lesson from my race yesterday. The field was unreal lazy and allowed anyone who wanted to break away to go ahead. Next time instead of bridging every single gap and chasing every break away I will look for a promising one or just sit in. Other then that, my season is looking alright. I am pushing bigger gears at higher cadence, my HR is good and I can keep toe with all of my team mates. My real test will be at Raccon Mtn race in April to see just how tough I am. I use it as a litmis. Anyway, how about you guys? Do tell, I am interested in hearing about other reports out there and how you all are feeling. I had my 2 nd negative exchange on bike by the way, as we were gearing up for a final sprint some guy knocked me hard in the leg and I turned around and said " what? " and he said move over ( as I am already hugging the outside of the white line) I said " no, and I would not suggest hitting me again " I don't like when people get demanding in a race or anytime on a bike for that matter. Theres usually a way to not get blocked, you just have to be smart about where you are positioned. Anyway......Whats up out there?
Nothing yet...noveread
Mar 17, 2003 7:37 AM
Well, here in the Upper Mid-West, things have not started yet for me. First race is March 30th. Things have gone well training wise, I am much more fit than this time last year. No problem with the 51mi group ride yesterday. Afterwards, I added another 20 miles to get me up to the 70mi my training plan called for yesterday.

One thing I did notice is that although my endurance is in very good shape compared to some others that were on the ride, my power was a bit lacking. Doesn't help that I was easily the smallest guy out there, but still, a bit more power in the legs would have been nice...

First Crit of the yearMR_GRUMPY
Mar 17, 2003 7:38 AM
With 10 minutes to go in the first crit of the year, my legs said good-bye. Finished near the back of the field, but was lucky enough to miss five guys eating some pavement during the sprint. Fast, damn fast.
awful, thanks fer asking :)lonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 8:22 AM
We've done 2 training crits so far this spring in Boulder. Both Sundays have had fabulous weather, and it's open women's fields, so needless to say, it's a stampede. One of my least favorite courses (Stazio), with a short, steep hill once per lap.

Kim Bruckner and 2 of her T-Mobile teammates showed up yesterday, along with a couple of the Diet Rite pros. Diet Rite strictly focuses on crits. Once the NCS really kicks off, we will have fewer really big guns in our field, but the early spring races are always killers.

Anyway, I am still apparently sick, plus I'm training incredibly hard. My endurance is good, but my upper end just is not there. Saturday I rode for 4+ hours with about 2 hours' worth of muscle tension intervals, then went down to Denver and Sherpa23 beat me up in a motorpace session. He's a sadist. Going up the hills he gets this big s.e. grin on his face watching me in the rearview while he starts ever so slowly opening up the throttle... as I'm screaming in pain...

Needless to say Sunday I came into the race tired, with utterly dead legs and a HR that wouldn't go much above 175 (I usually TT between 180-185). To add to that, I'm still having head problems in the field; the fact that there are near fifty of us out there in the 2nd race of the year and NO ONE has their handling mojo down yet, well... It's a tad freaky to say the least. From the gun I stuck myself on Kim Bruckner's wheel and tried to just calm down. This meant I spent the first 3 laps in the front, probably taking a bit too much wind, but I was safe, or so I thought. Coming into the hill for the 4th time, some chick comes flying up on my inside. Just as I think "geez, what a freak, I REALLY don't want this girl near me" - BAM! Down she goes, right next to me, on my inside. That was absolutely the last thing I needed this early in the season, lemme tell you. I watched her falling right towards my front wheel, and dodged her head by about 3 inches. The domino effect took over behind us and apparently went all the way across the road, taking out almost a dozen girls. T-Mobile, hearing the sounds of bikes and bodies hitting the pavement, attacked furiously up the hill. I groveled my way back up onto Kim's wheel, but that shot my load for the ensuing series of counters, and next time up that damned hill, there I was, off the back. Crap. I continued keeping the screws turned down as hard as I could with legs on fire, and held off the field until the final 5 laps. As it is a training crit, we are allowed to jump back into the field as long as we don't interfere with the final. I jumped back on and sat there fairly comfortable towards the back (since all the squirrels apparently got weeded out in the crash) and was able to maintain until the bell lap when a major Diet Rite vs. T-Mobile showdown ensued and spit me out again.

These are $10 training crits with no prize list, and my directive is to train through them. I'm apparently supposed to feel like hell and just get a hard intensity workout from them, so I guess it's working...
Bruckner? T-Mobile? LFR, ahem...shirt
Mar 17, 2003 9:17 AM
Something happened to you, girl. This would be kind of like me posting:

"Oh, sucky so far. I did that RR down in Merced and got stuck in a break with two Navigators guys and some of the Postal B-team, and they made me work so hard that I got dropped after 45 miles in the break. I've got a temp of 105 as well, so I guess I shouldn't feel too bad about it, but it really bites not being able to hand those losers their lunch."

"Awful" my ass. You're clearly not in Kansas anymore (I know, just to the West, hahahaha...)

well, that's racing in Boulderlonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 9:51 AM
It's like this year-round. Now that I've upgraded I can look forward to having at least one or 2 superstars in my race every week.

I was judging myself against my teammates and my competition. The field except for the crashees mostly stuck together. Though I did finish highest of my teammates last week, this week was not so good. Most of the Cat 3s in the field as well as my two Cat 4 teammates who've never raced before also handed me my ass. Sigh. I know it's because I am so worked from training and also went too hard, too early, but it sucks having such dead legs, tho I know it will only make me stronger when I really start working for my focus events. I can only tell myself that all these girls who are flying in March will be nowhere in June... right?

Me, blurry, suffering and OTB. It was overcast yesterday and the pics came out terrible. My new 'nag is the only good thing about racing right now.
that picture is flipped, right?shawndoggy
Mar 17, 2003 10:17 AM
the chainrings are on the wrong side!
yep, film scanner & too lazy to figure it out (nm)lonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 10:23 AM
Lookin' lean and mean LFR!RockyMountainRacer
Mar 17, 2003 2:15 PM
Yep, you certainly look a bit more streamlined than last year. I have also lost 7 or 8 pounds since last year, and it has helped to speed me up quite a bit. I'm going to try my first Boulder training crit this coming weekend, and the first real race I will do is the USCF crit in Fort Collins on March 30. Oooh, I just can't wait for the lovely pain of sprinting up that Stazio hill 25 times. Other than that, I have just started doing group hammerfests in Denver the last several weeks, and I'm already a lot stronger than I was all last year. Looking forward to some fun racing coming up soon!
you can blame Sherpa23 for that...lonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 2:20 PM
the mean part, too? ;-) nmDougSloan
Mar 17, 2003 2:43 PM
no, that comes naturally to me, just ask my SOlonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 2:57 PM
Incidentally, I was going to say that the Sherpa has better looking legs than Mistress Bianchi anyhow (see last Excel catalog cover for proof).

BTW Doug, thanks for the sock post, now I want a pair. If only Colnago made that scheme.
alert! your mechanic installed drivetrain backwards!!!weiwentg
Mar 18, 2003 2:44 PM
no wonder you got dropped. whoever did that should be shot :p
No- it is a rare Left Footed Bike- nmfiltersweep
Mar 18, 2003 5:44 PM
LFR rides goofy footed! (nm)speedisgood
Mar 19, 2003 10:56 AM
well, that's appropriate seeing as I skateboard(ed) goofy-foot (nm)lonefrontranger
Mar 20, 2003 8:59 AM
Was the grin that obvious?Sherpa23
Mar 17, 2003 10:01 AM
"...then went down to Denver and Sherpa23 beat me up in a motorpace session. He's a sadist. Going up the hills he gets this big s.e. grin on his face watching me in the rearview while he starts ever so slowly opening up the throttle... as I'm screaming in pain..."

Hey, I just checked this and saw the post so I figure that I would reply. By the end of the season, that scooter will be your best friend. Sorry about the need to open the throttle going uphill but 70cc's doesn't get you much power. And I won't use the Ducati because it doesn't like to do less than 100mph (c; Believe me, you definitely don't want me to break that beast out for a motorpace session. Although the sound might give you some inspiration (c;

Anyways, you know I don't do the cookie cutter program. You have specific goals and you're going to do the right stuff to meet them. You race against pros and you have to train the right way to beat them. Not hang with but beat. All the stuff you've been doing before won't cut it. When you reach the podium and you're standing next to those girls that are giving you a rough time right now, you'll know why you're there. And that's when you'll thank me and my sadism. And of course, you know it's not like I haven't done this stuff myself. I suppose that in a way you can blame the current and former (especially the former) national team coaches who, in addition to being sadistic themselves, have a downright mean streak. You're lucky I don't have that! Anyways, I'm glad to hear how Sunday went. That means we're doing it right.
you bet!lonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 10:22 AM
You looked like you were enjoying yourself WAY too much. Yeah, I know, I know :P I'm actually looking forward to the motorpace sessions in a sick way, if only to prove to myself that I can actually suffer that much and live.

We gotta do something about this crashing thing. That as much as anything else was what got me dropped. As soon as that silly b*tch hit the deck practically under my front wheel, my head went clear out the window and I started letting myself get pushed backwards in the field and letting gaps form. I guess tho in a way it was a good thing that I went through that and nothing bad happened to me.
Mar 17, 2003 8:48 AM
After a good start in a mad crazy flat circuit race up near Amiens (north of Paris on the way to Belgium) where I finished first of my team and 23rd out of a field of 170, I was completely and utterly humbled by a). gravity and b). my legs during yesterday's race. I posted the profile down below so you can understand the gravity bit -- my legs gave out on the second lap and I ended up soloing the rest of the race despondantly cursing myself for vowing not to abandon a race this season.

God, I hate those days.

The only "good" news was that after feeling like crap during the race and almost spewing my lunch the second time up the hill, I was indeed quite ill last night. Now that I know that I was coming down with something, I don't feel half as bad as I did when the field lapped me.... cést la vie..


ooo, nastylonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 10:35 AM
I was going to ask you how that turned out.

I'll trade you my T-mobile lady pros for your sadistic race course. You can keep the stomach flu tho :-P There's no way in hell I'd want to feel like that on a hilly road race.

Hope you feel better next week, and keep posting race reports, please? Your stories are very entertaining, especially with the Euro perspective!
speaking of lack of handling mojo...weiwentg
Mar 17, 2003 8:49 AM
the Men's B field at the Ohio State road race took some of the hills at jogging pace. this caused me to make some disgusted faces. however, near the end of lap 2 (out of 3), some idiot slips and goes down right in front of me. there is no damage to anyone. but I am separated from the pack, in 15mph winds. I cannot chase back on. argh!
as it turns out, there is a monster downhill with a right-hand turn into the finishing straight. if I had been in the pack, I would not have faired well (120lbs, don't descend very well). as it was, I got out-descended for last place among the finishers.
the next race is at Lindsey Wilson in KY, a very hilly race. I believe I can do better, especially since I am now in much better condition. I managed to hang on to the local cat 1 team's training ride. very painful.
Dam I wish we all lived closer !CARBON110
Mar 17, 2003 9:54 AM
I have been surfn this web site for like 3 years. I can't wait to ride with some of yaaall ( lol ) Sounds like a good start to the year since you all have the following perspective , among a host of other things.... ahem...

1) Knowledge that Handling Mojo doesn't pick up until about May or after for some
2) Its the spring and we are subject to illness more now then ever since we are putting our bodies through real race efforts
3) The willingness to FIGHT BACK ! To not go down like that, hang on, hold on , painfully creep back on to the field.
4) Its spring and those we see attacking over and over again will be trying to hold our wheel in June and won't be seen except at the start line in July
5) Your lovn it :)
Good stuff guys and great descriptons. Now I can't wait for next weekends stage race ....yeah!
we could all meet in Iowa...lonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 12:47 PM
I'm seriously considering doing the Memorial Day Crits (Snake Alley / Melon City / Quad Cities) in eastern Iowa this year. Will have to see how it jives with my program, but now that they've cancelled Platte Bridge (formerly Casper Classic), there's a big hole in my schedule that will definitely NOT be filled by doing Iron Horse :P
That would be sweet!noveread
Mar 17, 2003 12:53 PM
How cool would that be to meet the people on this board that add so much wisdom and knowledge?!

It would be way cool.

Quad Cities WeekendMR_GRUMPY
Mar 17, 2003 1:07 PM
Have you ever done the Quad cities crit before ? It is a way-fast crit. Snake alley is not a race for the gravity challanged.
If you go, you'll probably be racing against our womens elite team. I gave up on it a few years ago. Too much of an ego-buster.
done it 3x alreadylonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 1:12 PM
We used to go regularly when I lived in Cincinnati. I anticipate much pain and suffering.
I've gone the past 3 years and plan on going again.triple shot espresso
Mar 17, 2003 1:33 PM
I'm definitely going to be there this year. I'm hoping to bring some haul'n ass teammates with me. I think I need to upgrade USCF so I can do the 3s race and the Masters. I want to do the RR with the Pros, if I could place in that my season would be made. I'm already excited about that weekend, great racing, crowds and prize money. I think it'll work out perfectly being two weeks before the CO State TT championships.

I know I've posted pics of the Snake before but I just love that race.
BTW, did you see my fav little redhaired girltriple shot espresso
Mar 17, 2003 1:38 PM
in the training race Sunday?

And here's another pic of the Snake.
love the "Devil", we have some pics with him in, toolonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 1:52 PM
His cooler full of beer and platter of homemade cookies is just too tempting for some. I have never done well at Snake Alley but that won't stop me from beating my head against it - I love that race. It's like a mountain bike race on road bikes.

My SO and his LVC teammates "borrowed" the Snake Alley Devil's ideas for the Koppenburg in Superior last year. They stood halfway up that nasty short rutted dirt climb with a LOT of cold beer, cowbells, signs, some shade, and a couple big boxes of those cheap sugary fudge cookies. They got a lot of takers for the cold beer and the crowd on the climb got rowdier and louder as the race went on. Even Stockburger tried to con a beer off them, but they were wise to that game and made him take a Coke instead!

I was real focused on Sunday, so the only folks I noticed were my teammates and the wheels I was fighting to stay on, sorry.

If you guys are interested, I am doing Boulder Roubaix laps as my cooldown after the Stazio crits. Anyone interested in Roubaix reconnaisance can meet me at 9.30 at registration. Just look for the itty bitty Landbouwkrediet Colnago.

Do you know who it was who crashed in my race? The girl who started it all broke and/or separated her shoulder badly; I'm pretty sure it was one of the Rogue Waves. I feel really bad for her, but daggone you shouldn't sprint up the inside into a corner then slam on the brakes in the apex when you suddenly realize you ran out of room.
Mar 17, 2003 5:00 PM
The girl who went down, Jacqui, got a flat going into the corner and rolled her tire, which caused her to go down. Then, someone freaked out, yelled "oh my GOD!" in the pack and swerved into Sarah's line, causing her to go over the handlebars and separate her AC. Neither of them are silly b!tches, that was not a nice thing to say.
no it was not, but here is what I sawlonefrontranger
Mar 17, 2003 8:48 PM
and I think I'm qualified to make a guess seeing as it happened 18" away from me. The girl who crashed first came sprinting into the inside of that corner, on a strange line where there was NO room, realised at the last minute she was going to hit the curb or someone else, panicked and locked her brakes on (which may have then caused a flat or tire roll, but the tire did not blow out, or everyone in the field and on that corner would have heard it). Slamming on the brakes caused her to wash out the front wheel, and she crashed, end of story. It was a silly thing to do. I did an equally silly thing when I panicked and sent myself over the bars at Niwot, thank heaven I didn't take anyone down with me. Anyone is qualified to call me a silly b*tch for that maneuver and they would be correct. Everyone makes mistakes in racing sometimes and neither you, she nor I are immune, thanks for playing. I am sorry she crashed, and I'm sorry Sarah separated her AC, but in the end it was a very avoidable mistake. It's just a bad idea to run up on the inside of a corner, where there's not much racing room anyway, at a tangent to everyone else's line.
Zing!! (nm)shirt
Mar 18, 2003 8:59 AM
Spring painJimena
Mar 17, 2003 1:06 PM
so true, a lot of the 'weekenders' will come out hard and fresh-legged in spring, and if I can't keep up with them now, it will be ok again in June/July and even August. My first race is not for another 2 weeks, I can't wait! Keep the great reports coming, thanks for all the stories.
re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?Matt Britter
Mar 17, 2003 9:42 AM
Started out the season in Jan. doing an Early Bird series in Fremont which is a skills clinic and Crit races for 5 weekends. After that I have done 2 RR (Patterson and Snelling) and 2 more crits (Dinuba and Merced). First RR has a good steep climb at the half way point... where I got dropped... then eased back in with a few others. The Second RR was much better, actully had some team mate there... it was only a rolling course no climbs and stayed in the big CR the whole time... whole group stayed together (5's) then strung out the last 1/2 mile, I finished just in front of the mob... I mean the pelton with a 17th of 50.
re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?S-U-B
Mar 17, 2003 9:25 PM
MB I was at both of the RR that you did. Patterson was my first race of the year and I definately did not have my speed at that point and was off the back before the hill. At snelling I got nipped at the line and took 4th place, though they forgot to turn the stupid camera on and i still have not got credit for my finsish even though I talked to every official, including the promoter who I know personally. Upgraded to 4's and did the Landpark crit in Sacramento and took 2nd and 3rd in a couple of primes but was blocked in for the finish, ended up 20th or so out of 80. Season is going great and am not planning on peaking for another month and i'm way stronger than ever. I have to give credit to CTS, I would be no where near as fast without a good training program.
SUB...Matt Britter
Mar 18, 2003 3:32 PM
...seems that all the talking in the world does not correct the results. I was 17th at Snelling, showed the ref. my logo matched what he wrote down, but no luck in getting my name in the results... I'm waiting until after Sea Otter in move to 4's. I have well over 10 races, but still not placing in the top 10 consistently.

SUB, are you from the Sac area? What team are associated with?
Good for you.No_sprint
Mar 19, 2003 11:36 AM
At least in my area so many people cat up to 4 immediately after 10 races. Most never seeing a top 20 let alone the podium! This simply makes half the 4s fields mediocre 5 riders while the other half are darn strong 4 lifers or on their way to 3.
In Oregon, you're a 4 after 1 race.hrv
Mar 19, 2003 11:49 AM
There are no separate 5 fields. Too bad since the new people
get intro'd to racing by being spanked, hard. That's racing, I guess.

re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?No_sprint
Mar 17, 2003 9:54 AM
Tough goin'. Crit and a circuit so far. Another circuit this weekend. I don't know what others did over the off season. I know I had far too little miles off season. The pace is ridiculously high.
re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?hrv
Mar 17, 2003 11:09 AM
Not too bad. Had a 12.5 mi. TT about a month ago and did 6 minutes better than last year, in raging winds. I'm still in the slow group, but now at least I'm showing up on the radar!

The week after that I entered a 44 mi. RR (cat 4/5). Rolling hills, some sort of steep. Parked my butt square on the front line at the start, still in the top 1/3 after lap 1. Then I looked at my hrm for a microsecond and when I looked up the guy in front of me had sat up while I was looking down and I almost nailed him. Missed by a micrometer but almost the entire rest of the pack passed me ( field of 96). Didn't have it to catch back on. It was the 2nd day of getting an ear infection and felt so cold I dropped out after 2 laps else risk hypothermia! Almost the coldest I've ever been on a bike (had leg warmers and arm warmers). They had a 'most aggressive' award
and apparently some guys thought it meant 'most obnoxious' and were
pushing riders who were passing on the shoulder off the road!

Wanted to do a RR yesterday (same course as before) but ear infection came back, not nearly as bad as before, so did a group ride. Did a 6 mile climb, first long one this year, and got dropped big time. Reminded me how bad I am at climbing and how much I need to work at it. My legs were beat from last week's training, including doing a little too much lifting Wed. night. But my first 'A' race is at the end of May and it isn't going to be super-hilly, just majorly hilly! Next 'A' race in August is a hill climb TT.
That should motivate me to climb better!

I start my build periods next week and I am super hungry for the intensity. That and starting group rides. Bring it on!

re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?Sharkman
Mar 17, 2003 12:56 PM

sounds like you did Jack Frost TT and Banana Belt race at Hagg lake. I've read several of your other posts, and I seem to recall that you are starting your racing career rather late in life, maybe close to 50?

I'm also in the Portland area, and like you starting my racing experience at age 50. I rode Jack Frost in 34 minutes and change. First try at BB I lasted with main 4/5 group just less than one lap, and then it turned into a 2 plus hour time trial. Finished in 2 hours and 20 minutes, which was pretty fast for me on that terrain.

How did you do on JF?

Embarassed to say.hrv
Mar 17, 2003 1:14 PM
I did JF in 36 +. Very slow, but that was my goal. Didn't try too hard. Next year goal is 32, and I hope to be approaching 'fast' in 2 years!

I'm 48 and I started riding and racing 1 1/2 years ago. No aerobic experience and no aerobic genes. Plus too many years of 'cheechin and chongin' it!

I bet I rode with you for at least awhile. After I got dropped I latched on to other dropees and tried to finish
but I was sick as a dog and if I finished I would have been close to death! First time I never finished a race/ride.

I ride a blue Spec. Allez and have a red 'Disco Velo' kit.
Are you doing the Piece of Cake? I am -- supposed to be dead flat! I live in and ride around Hood River which is quite hilly but am still vertically challenged.

I'm going to try some mtb races also. Should be interesting:
only been on a mt. bike about 10 times! I know I'll be hike-a-biking it but I'll have a smile on!

Embarassed to say.Sharkman
Mar 17, 2003 2:56 PM
I bet we did ride together for a while at BB. I ride a silver/teal/purple fade Landshark, and race with North River Racing (blue and yellow team jerseys and color).

Have not decided about Piece of cake yet. Not leaning towards it, even though the flat course would give me a fighting chance to hang with the pack all the way through to the end. Am definitely doing Estacada TTs though. I think that is where my racing future lies. Also, they have a 50+ category in those, which helps some.

My wife is from White Salmon, so we get up your way all the time. In fact I ride from Camas to White Salmon and back once or twice a year.

re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?No_sprint
Mar 17, 2003 1:20 PM
Have you ever met Shannon Whitlatch? Smokin' hot in more ways than just racin'.
re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?Sharkman
Mar 17, 2003 2:57 PM
No, sorry to say have not had the pleasure.

We should have this thread every Sunday night/Monday AM. ..nmMR_GRUMPY
Mar 17, 2003 5:39 PM
We should have this thread every Sunday night/Monday AM. ..nmSadlebred
Mar 18, 2003 1:08 PM
I haven't raced once this year. I spent all of February either battling migraines or a cold. Finally, I was back on track for training for about 2 weeks. It's been raining here (Atlanta) for days and will be for the rest of the week. Back on the trainer. My first race will be at Brooks, GA this weekend. I'm planning on doing the TT and crit. I'm not ready for a RR yet as I just upgraded to Cat. 3. My first mtb race will probably be in about 2 weeks--Sport again this season.

Here is my road team...Boneshaker Bicycles. Unofficially known as "12 Guys and the Chick."
We should have this thread every Sunday night/Monday AM. ..nmDeadGame
Mar 21, 2003 5:49 PM

Are you doing the Athens Twilight April 26-27? I heard it was a great race. There is some concern that the Tour de Ga. will pull some of the usual players away this year.
Carbon - were you at Walnut Creek?McAndrus
Mar 18, 2003 7:04 PM
Were you at Walnut Creek last weekend? If so, what category do you race? I'm still a 5 but two more races and I can upgrade. I thought it was a good course but it was sooooo cooolllldddd: it felt like 30 below with a freezing rain. Going up the last hill my left hand was so cold I couldn't shift with it anymore. I had to use my right hand to shift into the little ring.

I've only done two of the Greenville races: BMW and Walnut Creek but I've been fairly pleased with my form - except that I can't get my heartrate up in a race, for some reason. But that's another problem.

My next go-round will be at Rock Hill in April.
Carbon - were you at Walnut Creek?flyinbowlofmilk
Mar 18, 2003 9:52 PM
I am going to try to make it there .But please don't kick my but that bad,McAndrus. The same for you Carbon if you be at Rock Hill in April. If I do I be the fly with The Red Raleigh R600 road bike.


Walnut GroveFreewheelers
Mar 19, 2003 4:34 AM
And yes it was friggin cold!!!! How did you do?
Walnut GroveMcAndrus
Mar 19, 2003 11:25 AM
I was pleased with my form. That's not the same as a high finish. I think I was 20th or something like that. I remember closing a gap on a 2-up break and making a counterattack on the last hill. I was pretty comfortable the whole race (except for the cold rain, of course).

re: Hows Everyone Raceing So Far This Season?flyinbowlofmilk
Mar 18, 2003 10:02 PM
Well Carbon 110. I Just got finish doing a training Crit a week ago. Started off with the pack and got lapped after 6 laps at 21.3 mph. That not to mention that the field was mixed with Women,40+,and Cat4/5. There was 47 racer there too. But I finish the Crit at 19.5mph. Then I got lapped again at 10 laps before the finish line of the 32 laps. Overall it was a good learning experience.
And from a much lower level….TFerguson
Mar 19, 2003 6:36 AM
Road 50-59 and Cat 4 this weekend in SE Wisconsin. This is my 4th race of my short career and the first time that I have been able to stay with the pack past the first turn. I ran at and out front in the first one and had a blast for 15 of the 45 minutes. Then they dropped me. Spending hours on the spinner bike all winter was worth just that one race. Same time, same place this weekend.
Greet stuff guys keep i comn!CARBON110
Mar 19, 2003 7:25 AM
Yeah I did Walnut, I thought it was a good course. Only like 19 people showed up for our cat. It was really warm in the afternoon when we raced. I think my buddy and I expended more energy then the entire field did chasing down breaks...never do that again. We missed the rain so that was nice. I loved the Dividing waters race, whoa! Can't wait to do that next year. I ride a Trek 5900 with an SRM. My shirt is Light blue and from Asheville. I will be riding Cane creek Carbon wheels.I will have like 4 team mates there I think for Rock Hill so say Hello if you like. I usually stand up at the races and say "" anyone hear fom RBR ? "" but I rarely get a response. But when I do we get tospend the first 10 miles of the race riding with someone I have been talkn to for awhile hear but never met and we get to talk about the rest of you guys! HAAH
Greet stuff guys keep i comn!Freewheelers
Mar 19, 2003 9:36 AM
I'll look for you at the Rock Hill race. I'll be in a Navy blue red and white Freewheelers of Spartanburg uniform. I ride an orange Klein with Campy and Open pro rims. Good luck in the 3's. I'll be in the 4's.
Kenosha crit?noveread
Mar 19, 2003 11:22 AM
This must be the ABR Kenosha Crits? The race on the 30th will be my first race of the year.

Yes, the weather was beautiful…TFerguson
Mar 19, 2003 3:00 PM
I'll be in both races again this weekend. I'm out of town on the weekend of the 30th but hope to make it back in time for the 2:30 Cat 4 race.