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San Rafael, anybody?shirt
Sep 12, 2003 9:12 AM
This will be it for me this year. Desperately clinging to the back of the Postal Masters train in the Masters 1,2,3 race tomorrow in San Rafael, as a prelude to the big pro women's race. If any of ya'll are around, here's your chance to thrust a frame pump through shirt's front wheel on the backside (5th Ave.) of the course.

not going but...Matt Britter
Sep 12, 2003 10:49 AM
their are a couple of guys from Fresno (CVC) going tomorrow. I had my last race of the season two weeks ago, the Giro D' SF. I do plan on going to the T-mobile race on Sunday!
At any rate, good luck in SR this weekend!
good luck shirt! (nm)The Human G-Nome
Sep 12, 2003 12:01 PM
re: San Rafael, anybody?Sherpa23
Sep 12, 2003 12:45 PM
I might be there. What uni are you wearing and what kind of ride do you have?
Redding Veloshirt
Sep 12, 2003 2:13 PM
Kits can be seen:

Bike: Yellow Ciocc w/yellos Xaeros. Just look for the guy with a spittle tail hanging from his mouth who's making death-rattle noises.

Redding VeloSherpa23
Sep 12, 2003 2:37 PM
Cool. If I'm there I will be wearing some business clothes but if I am lucky, I might be in one of my business partners Ferraris. Yeah, that'll stand out.
Race reportshirt
Sep 13, 2003 11:29 PM
First of all, let's talk about the men's Pro race and get one thing out of the way. I don't care what VeloNews, CyclingNews, or your daddy have to say about it, I don't even care what the man himself has to say about it, but Chris Horner is the absolute uncontested alpha male of the U.S. pro peloton. I wasn't able to watch to the end of their race, but if he didn't win it's simply because he didn't feel like it. The field was pretty deep, and he toyed with them like an unfixed male tabby batting mole babies.

On to shirt... I expected this would be the fastest/hardest Masters 35 1,2,3 race of the year, but I didn't expect a bunch of current pros including a couple Navigators dudes in the mix. Between them, a bunch of world freaking champions and the bulk of the US Postal Masters squad, I was crying mommy by the third lap. I didn't have my HR monitor on, but I was in the high 180s to low 190s the entire race. About halfway through, I really, really wanted to quit, but my wife was there (who's never been to one of my races) as well as her best friend Kristy (who was my first kiss in 8th grade, dontchaknow), as well as Doug and his father in law who cheered for me on every single FREAKING LAP.

So much for bailing. I held the red lantern for most of the second half of the race, and barely salvaged an "eighth from last" placing by the line.

This may sound like whining, but I think if I started on the front row and didn't have problems clipping in, I would have had an easier race. We were en fuego from the whistle. Immediately. I was playing catch up from the moment I started and the pace only slacked two or three times towards the end of the race when I had nothing left, mostly due to catching up every stupid lap.

Didn't I just swear off Senior-3 races two weeks ago? Maybe I need to reconsider... Why do I keep thinking Masters is easier? Doesn't Masters mean "old"? What the hell is wrong with these old people? Why am I racing with them???

/shirt (navel gazing)
Class: please re-read yesterday's paragraph about Chris Horner.shirt
Sep 14, 2003 3:31 PM
ps: I forgot to mention that we were going 31 mph _UP_ 4TH AVE every lap yesterday. Why? Why did we have to do that? What's wrong with a brisk 27 in a crit?
Race reportflyinbowlofmilk
Sep 14, 2003 4:24 PM
Well sounds like you had one of my typical races. To me you are not whining. You have to consider who showed up in the Master 35 1,2,3. To hang on with some current pros and world champions,and 2 very good master racing squads. If I was you I would be proud of myself for hanging on with them for the whole crit. Even if you had some problems like clipping in or not being on the front line. You still did good in my eyes. And that coming from someone who knows what it feals like to play catch up from the back of the field. And to answer your other questions. Yes Master mean that you are older ,but most of the Master are National champions who don't want to "throw in the towel" just yet. And why you are racing with is a good question. But keep your head up ,Shirt. It will only make you better.


Thanks Flyshirt
Sep 14, 2003 4:44 PM
One of the reasons I upgraded was so I could do these races, which I think are a better yardstick for measuring ability. I only started racing again three years ago and soon found I could be competitive in almost every M 4/5 race I entered, even winning a couple. This felt good for all of a few minutes before I realized that the victory was hollow.

In some ways I feel there's more honor in barely being able to finish the crit I did yesterday than winning a short M 4/5 road race. I don't even qualify as pack fill in a race like yesterday's; more like pack dandruff: unasked-for, barely attached, and about to get blown off at any moment. But, this race has arguably the fastest masters riders in the world, and yeah, I should be grateful I finished. But a man wants to be a playa, you know???

I'm done racing for a couple years, anyway, as I've got a third rug rat in the oven right now that will suck up any remaining training/racing time I might have once pretended to have...

damn it shirt...lonefrontranger
Sep 17, 2003 8:45 PM
when ya gonna leave that woman alone? :)

Seriously, congrats on doing the deed and hanging in. Pack dandruff, that's a good one. Mind if I borrow it for some of my own situations? (it's how I feel a lot of the time) It's unreal how tough those guys are, I've seen it. One of the Postal Masters moved here and is making life hard on the 35+ field.
I'll leave her aloneshirt
Sep 17, 2003 11:16 PM
when my HRM reads "0"

I would be flattered by your bald-faced plagiarism.

Hopefully, ALL of the Postal Masters will move to Colorado.
Race reportchar
Sep 14, 2003 7:49 PM

Good to meet you yesterday, heckuva race, that masters field had all the heavies. And Chris Horner both days on fire, crash into the haybales yesterday, wheel change today, cruised back up and just kept going for the win.

Sherpa23, don't think the Ferarri would stand out around these parts, kinda like "Jerry" sightings. Of course, I just drive the beatup Nissan pickup to gather horse manure for the garden.

Results are at NCNCA results page.

Thanks for all the racers and fans for showing up at the San Rafael Cycling Classic.

Race reportshirt
Sep 16, 2003 1:07 PM
Nice to meet you too, char. I didn't want to be the one to burst Sherp's bubble, but you're right, a Ferrari in Marin stands out like an Intermediate Hertz rental car.

BTW, you guys did an awesome job putting on that race; it was very well organized, you had an announcer who was actually funny, and the attached festival display added something (a lot) extra. Good job!
Race reportSherpa23
Sep 16, 2003 6:00 PM
Boy, you guys can't tell sarcasm when you read it. Well, I did show up in the F-car (360 Spider) but I missed everything but the last bit of the Pro race. So I bolted. Who wants to see all the same guys again? Anyways, it seemed like a cool course. Looking at the crowd and the course, I really stand by my assertion that the best racing in the country, from a coolness standpoint, is in Northern California.
Sep 18, 2003 11:06 AM
But dude, she was FINE. (nm)shirt
Sep 18, 2003 7:31 PM