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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2014, 01:16:38 PM »
 :thumbsup:  Well done
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2014, 01:59:48 PM »
Congratulations and way to stay safe. 

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2014, 02:39:14 PM »
I did my first official road race(cat5 crit) yesterday. I've never even done a training crit. Managed to stay upright and finished 27th out of 58. Stayed towards the front the whole race, but a couple stupid mistakes in the last 2 laps pushed me back in the field. Worst was getting caught inside in the second to last turn and having to brake because someone cut down on me. Leaders doing 30+ and I was down to low 20's. The course had a hill that was 0.2 mile with about a 4% ave and I was worried how my old legs would be at the end of the race. I'm happy to say, my legs felt great even at the end and if it weren't for the SFU's I think I could of had a decent finish.

I also want to say VL has been a great help in getting me to get off the pot and start real racing.


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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2014, 06:18:01 PM »

Early Bird RR
p123s all combined
4th/15ish?


There were only 3 p12 racers so they combined with the 12 or 15 3s who showed up. Race is out and back, 22mi, rolling uphill with 1.5mi of steep climbing at the turnaround.


Our race turned into a small selection quickly, about 8 guys. The 3 12s were with us, and they had their race within a race and it sucked the life out of ours a bit. Can't fault them. But a three would go up the road, then another. Then one of the 12s would go and the other 2 had to react and that was enough that we were all dragged up.


There was a break of 3 for about 10 of the outbound miles, but we could see them and just closed it down pretty easily on the climb.


Turnaround, downhill, all together. A couple of attempts to get away, but hard to do at 30mph down 1%. Very easy to sit on.


Group sprint. I did alright, I went about 10s later than I should have. Wanted to go early, jump on the response, then go again to the finish. I did that, but ran out of time to make up the few places as the line rushed up. Snap. Oh well, fun day. No crashes, got to play at the end.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2014, 06:29:33 PM »
If you could learn to sprint without losing your other abilities you'd be really scaring the P12 guys who know you are moving up.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2014, 08:55:23 PM »
so you won the 3 race then?  Upgrade you sandbagger :D   Good work.
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2014, 09:06:25 PM »
nope. 4th in the 3s. the 12s were busy watching each other and missed the sprint.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2014, 09:26:14 PM »
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #23 on: January 19, 2014, 04:42:35 PM »
Avondale Criterium
30+ Cat 4/5
Pack finish

First race of the season, was working for a teammate and we got him 2nd place, so mission partially accomplished. Won a prime on the second lap with a well timed jump on the back stretch. The shadows were long in the morning and no one was coming up on me so I sat down and pedaled through the finish. I got caught almost a lap later, but I didn't have it in me to turn that into a break. At two laps to go I drilled it, 29mph lap and strung that ****er out like something fierce, knowing Robert was 3 or 4 bikes back and another teammate on my wheel. I pulled off and drifted into the pack on the last lap feeling like I'd done my job. Robert took 2nd in the sprint by a few inches. There was a nasty crash in the last corner of the last lap, a guy's tire blew up and a few guys went down... broken bikes sound awful.

Cat 4
Pack finish

Our 'coach' said I was plan A, which was a first for me. He told me to chase anyone who I thought might be able to start a break with me, so I kept an eye on three guys I knew could do it and went everytime they made a move, remaining on the defensive. There were a couple of guys I let go and they didn't last long, and I also kept nothing further back than 3rd wheel for the whole race. In everyone else's words, I raced it textbook perfectly... until the last lap. I had done such a great job of keeping myself proactive at reacting to surges and staying where I wanted to be, but the last lap the entire field it seemed came out of nowhere, and I was kind of hurting from all the chasing in the race, so by the time I reacted it was too late, and the 34mph pace was a little much for me at the time, and I just coasted on in.

No results for me personally, but I'm really happy with the way I raced and how I felt on the bike. It's definitely encouraging for the season to come. I also only managed to get 2 hours of sleep last night and Friday I rode way too hard, so yeah, nothing but a positive learning experience and very encouraging.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #24 on: January 19, 2014, 07:10:33 PM »
nice work VL and fudgy (aka warm weather in January race guys).


It was a bit over 30F here today and most of the ice and crap was off the roads.. I hate you.
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2014, 08:43:48 PM »
Good job VL
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #26 on: January 20, 2014, 09:39:59 AM »
Nice job to ydguf and VL!

I to raced Avondale crit. 30+ 4/5 with VL(my second crit ever and it got fast at the end) and first cat 5(also pretty fast at the end).  Basically stayed with and finished at the back of the pack in both races.  Kept trying to move up, but wasn't aggressive enough. Dissappointed that I finished at the back, but happy I finished and felt much more comfortable in both races especially starting to corner at speed. In the Cat 5 race, I was pretty much as fast as most everyone going into final sprint, just way at back. Not bad for my  old legs. The one thing I really have to keep reminding myself of is that for the most of the riders I'm racing against are 10 to 30+ years younger than me. I'm trying to add some interval training into my routine. Hopefully that helps along with forcing myself to get up front earlier in the race.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #27 on: January 20, 2014, 10:36:30 AM »
everybody starts somewhere ^^

sounds like you enjoyed yourself, which is key to getting better. getting used to some bumping and fighting for wheels will happen when you get tired of guys taking your spot and pushing you back.


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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #28 on: January 20, 2014, 11:35:59 AM »
Thanks for the reports guys. It gives me hope that some day it will once again be warm enough to race here.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #29 on: January 21, 2014, 08:16:54 AM »
21 days into 2014, this is already a great thread.