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Offline Vicelord

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #30 on: January 26, 2014, 12:56:42 AM »
Bicycle Haus Crit

Cat 4 - 15th/44

This race felt fairly hard, and they threw a few primes at us that made it pretty tough, including a PS4. There was one instance where I was hooking shoulders with a guy and we both thankfully rode through it, so another good learning experience. I made two hard attacks and built some space off the front but there was just not enough to get away. The cat 4 fields this season are stacked... there's some really super strong dudes in cat 4 right now. One of the fastest races of the day, and we had 7 primes in the race. OW.

Avg Power: 248 W
Max Power: 1,029 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 258 W
Normalized Power (NP): 282 W
http://www.strava.com/activities/108991510

Cat 4/5 - 6th/56

This was a pretty mellow race comparatively, just making me feel like it was tempo the whole race. Laps 3 through 6 were primes, which made for a pretty jumpy four laps but all in all it was easy in comparison to the 4 race. My friend Stephen, aptly nicknamed Landsloth, was happy to tow me around quite a bit, and I took advantage of this while ignoring that there were two riders up the road who got away on the second prime. I went for the first one and thought I had it, but I got pipped at the line... perhaps for the best as it was for a Bontrager jersey. After a while I realized that Landsloth was working for his friend who was in the break, which ultimately stuck. I did not see one bit of wind in this race and stayed very sheltered, raced heads up, and stayed smart, not making a move until my teammate put down a vicious attack on the back chicane of the last lap. We jumped from 25 to 32 in a snap of a finger and around the last corner I used a lapped rider to make a nice move toward the front and got just a tad of a late jump on the sprint. I thought I got 4th for a moment, forgetting about the two who got away, but I think I still got a point anyway.  :thumbsup:

Avg Power: 232 W
Max Power: 934 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 238 W
Normalized Power (NP): 270 W
http://www.strava.com/activities/108991502

The best part of the day was our cat 1 who has more experience than the rest of the team put together, and is kind of coaching the cat 4 team, told me that I look "noticeably more aware of what is happening on the racetrack than almost anyone out there". That meant a lot to me because I feel like I am awful at crits and have always been unaware and overwhelmed. I'm actually learning how to race, and it's great to be getting coaching of sorts from experienced guys this year, as opposed to last year when we were just kind of on our own.
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #31 on: January 26, 2014, 01:04:18 AM »
Congratulations VL.  Better luck winning non-prizes next week.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #32 on: January 26, 2014, 07:53:47 AM »
Nice job VL, sounds like some fun/hard racing!
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #33 on: January 26, 2014, 10:59:07 AM »
Great racing with you yesterday VL!

As for me:  22/46 in the Cat5's and 21/57 in the 4/5's. Little better results. Stuck with my race plan of getting to the front and staying there as much as possible. Even took a couple turns on the front of the 5's race.  Fell back and had to put a few good efforts in to move back up. the 4/5 race for me was much more fun. A lot smoother except for a couple skiddish 5's. The 5's race was really sketchy.  All in all not bad for fat,slow old guy racing with guys mostly 20-30+ years younger.

Oh and VL, I like my Stava est Power. 1200+ watts for my 34mph sprint at the end of the 5's. ;)
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 02, 2014, 01:20:05 AM »

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2nd Place/ 40ish


86 miles of boring farmland on a 20-mi out and back with 180 hairpins at each end.


About mile 30 one of my strongest teammates solo bridged up to a 3-man break, making 4. We didn't know if they'd stick, but with him out there I didn't do any work. I occupied my time gatekeeping at about wheel 7, letting the strongest guys pull us around. Every minute or two I'd ease up and let a gap grow and grow and grow until 1, then another, then maybe 2, then like everyone, would bridge around me. Fun diversion that put a little hurt into guys legs that paid off later.


At mile 70 we passed the break at the hairpin. My teammate in the break gave the "we're done" sign so I positioned myself for the catch and counter I knew was coming. A handful of miles later we caught detonated break riders. A strong kid made the counter move and I let him roll to a 20 second gap.


He looked good, so I made sure I had a teammate on my ass and I jumped and went up to the kid. He and I both had teammates so we worked together and rode past 2 more detonated riders and caught the last one. Unfortunately it was his teammate. Blah, now 2 juniors vs. me.


I did what I could. Played possum, tried to gutter them in the wind and just drill it for a bit, tried to let one roll so far ahead his teammate went around and tried for the 1-2 finish while I snuck up on them in the draft. A lot of time to kill in like 13 miles with the 2 vs. 1 game...


In the end I isolated the more tired kid and let the fresh one roll 10 seconds up. Tired guy is happy to sit on me. I jump, drop him and at 1k to go (start of a 80-second finish hill) I flew past his teammate and took the lead. Thought I had it, really did. Didn't let up but as I'm grinding myself to death I see the other kid's shadow creeping up on me. ****.


I did what I could but he got around me and finished about a bike length up. Ahh well, hate to lose to two juniors like that, but everyone else in my field did as well. Happy with 2nd in my first race with my new teammates. Pretty nice to not have to worry about every break up the road being your only chance.


Here's the date: http://www.strava.com/activities/110491541


Easier than a very-easy training ride until the break, and even then it wasn't too hard. Lots of games, but not much stress until the final sprint where I tried and (as usual!) couldn't quite hold 'em off.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #35 on: February 02, 2014, 09:03:06 AM »
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 02, 2014, 12:01:40 PM »
Awesome job Y. Sounds like you played all your tactical cards right but juniors or not it's an uphill battle when it is two against one.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #37 on: February 02, 2014, 03:55:49 PM »
Nice race!

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 02, 2014, 05:00:20 PM »
Oracle road race cat 4
7/55

In one word - hard. I pedaled moderately until it was time to pedal much harder. When it was time to pedal much harder I dug deep and weathered all the attacks on the last 7 mile climb. The group was down to about 30 and we let last year's state Hill climb champ sit on the front until he exploded. After that two guys keep attacking repeatedly on little 8% kickers. This made it very difficult.

I went hard on a final right turn about 3km out. Someone countered and it got too fast. I couldn't pedal any harder. The lead group of 8 (?) Got away and I matched their speed but couldn't make up any ground. No one else caught me.

Ugh.
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 02, 2014, 05:12:43 PM »
Dude we got to know the power data. Duh
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #40 on: February 02, 2014, 05:20:16 PM »
Simmer down. I don't even know what place I got.

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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #41 on: February 02, 2014, 05:20:52 PM »
If 8 got away and you got 9th, then...


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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #42 on: February 02, 2014, 05:27:30 PM »
#youdidntwin hahahahhaah :P
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2014, 05:35:42 PM »
#youdidntwin hahahahhaah :P

Dude you don't need to be a douchebag about it.
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Re: 2014 Race Results Thread
« Reply #44 on: February 02, 2014, 05:39:47 PM »

Sounds like you found your limit and had a fight on your hands.  Let the ufckos try to make you think coming against hard competition is worse than just riding away for a glory moment.  Rest and come back ready for a completely different set of challenges next week.

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