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Race Report from the podium: Travis V. Price Classic...(4 posts)

Race Report from the podium: Travis V. Price Classic...Spunout
Sep 21, 2003 4:23 AM
First of all, Ontario/Quebec and NY riders: you all missed a great event with a guaranteed prize list and alot of support. The position on the calendar isn't best, but this race deserves more notice. Our Ottawa contingent (WQWheelers, Ottawa Bicycle Club, Cyclelogik, plus independents) carted off thousands of dollars in cash and prizes).

Senior 3, Master A, Senior 1/2 all race together. First lap, the 1/2s put in a big attack to gap the pretenders. I am a 3, and the 1 from my Club is away. So, even we're all in different classes, do you race like it is one race? Thought so. I begin blocking.

Team Cervelo was totally absent from the first move, so they quickly put 7-8 on the front and started firing off the attacks. This was the hardest part of the race for me, covering attacks one after the other for the first 20 minutes. We all get lapped by what is left of the 1 break, so my work is done.

I recover for a few, then start putting gaps on the (remaining) peleton with another. He grounds a pedal in the corner and blows his rear tire, so that break is done. Funny thing, he gets his wheel change plus lap and comes back, and we go again! Very strong headwind on the finishing straight (Hurricane leftovers) and we're caught with 6 to go. I rest for the sprint.

I didn't think I'd have anything left, but in a sprint into a 20mph headwind, the later you go the better. I knew no 3s made the first selection. Last lap was fast, a few attacks get reeled in once we hit the headwinds. Two more go off the front, I sprint from the back along the right hand gutter and take third overall.

Cash paid back my entry fee plus a tank of gas for the car, so success!

NB: 14 months ago I quit smoking, bought a bike, lost 30 lbs. Goals for next year are to be invited to a racing team, race Master A.
Someday I'll get that view. Congrats! (nm)TFerguson
Sep 21, 2003 2:11 PM
Sweet!shirt
Sep 21, 2003 4:57 PM
Well done, Spun. Maybe to keep it challenging, you should start smoking again. Warming up on your rollers before a race while puffing on a Du Maurier should have an interesting psychological effect on your opponents.
want to psych people out?weiwentg
Sep 23, 2003 12:38 PM
don't shave (legs, face, etc), wear baggies, say "duuuuuude" a lot (and draw the u's out), smoke and pretend it's pot ... duuuude, you have no imagination ;)

congrats, spunout!!