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Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.
back when I got her (11 years ago) I was a pretty good crit racer (cat 2) but I have been kind of out of it the past 5 years or so, but i got talked into doing a 12 hour Mtb race next weekend as a duo.....so been triing to get back into a shape other then round....
Cool. Glad to hear you're still riding.
I'm finally picking up my new ATB this weekend. Having a new bike is going to be quite motivating...or at least that's the idea.
My business is winding down with the end of ski season so I'll have a ton more time to ride. I'll continue to post up race(ish) reports. I'm not sure what I did night before last is racing as much as riding around in a circle and watching a race.
6th place out of 48. Better than I expected. Probably could have placed better if my sprint were more consistent. Still, got $$ back to cover race entry. a good day overall. Massive head wind from the 500 meter all the way to start/finish. I stayed about 1/3 to halfway back in the pack most of the race. Let the cowboys go out and smoke themselves off the front. No one could get a break started due to the wind bringing them back every lap. I was in good position to react if anyone started to get organized. flat finish with a 3-4% grade hill on the back section. That topped out and dropped off after a sharp left hook. Easily up to 30+ mph w/out pedaling. I could consistently make up 10-12 spots in that downhill section just by clicking down and pedaling on the inside. Fast, sharp left-hander that swirled next to a pond on one side and open field on the right. Full-on, 20mph+ headwind all the way to the finish. At the top of the downhill on the last lap, I was grouped up front with 4. We all took off for the finish after the left hander and gutted it through the wind to the finish. I should have placed better than 6th, but I clicked down a gear thinking I could pull a bit more speed. Too much and it slowed my sprint way down. Only lost one position from that mistake, but still placed better than I expected. I wanted at least top ten and did it. Now to recover, replenish and race a hilly 43 mile RR in the morning.
Good job,It's not supposed to this windy tomorrow.
Congrats on the crit. Placing high in a road race is like predicting the future, hard to do when so many people are gunning for the same spot.
All I did was suffer for 3 hours at low rpm on a single speed waiting up for two blokes who bit off more than they could chew. I did find a full can of tire shine though!
Bout an hour till I head on over to the first ever Vint Hill Gravel Road Ride. I'm a bit miffed at the club associated with the shop tho. I've had this ride planned since before Crimmus and what did they do? Scheduled another ride.
They can do what they wanna do. I'M gonna do what I wanna do. If our paths cross, great. If not, that's fine too.
I'm gonna bet there's a grand total of one of me on this ride today. Oh well. I'LL have fun!
Ghent-Wevelgem today is being run today.
I also (was) picking up a new MTN bike this yr, first one since my Klein around 4/5 yrs ago. I ordered it in January thinking a great winter bike/motivator.... but it's still not in yet, Cannondale must be having issues @ the factories or something.... I'll probably get it smack in the middle of spring, just when I don't need it.
Did do a lot of x country skiing this winter though to compensate.
Ricardo, check your email and pm's
So I'll give y'all a guess how many people showed up this AM for my ride.
If you didn't say 'none' you were wrong.
I'd ridden over planning on being surprised if someone had shown up. Hung out for 10-12min and when no cars headed my way, said 'eff em' and went and started on my ride.
Since it was just me, I'd already planned on making it shorter. I'm still sorta sick and I'm playing UW Hockey tonite.
Rode down Manley, turned left on Fitzwater, turned left on Lonesome Rd and within a quarter mile, felt the familliar sensation of a flat.
K. I have 3 CO2 cartridges and a patch kit. I'm OK.
Pull out the flatted tube and installed my spare.
Headed out down the road and within another few hundred meters, I felt it again!
OK. No worries. Patch tube 1 and keep going. Weeeeelllll seems tube 1 had 3-4 different holes in it and while I *thought* I'd gotten em all before I burned CO2 number 2, it didn't hold air. Break out tube 2 again and find the hole in that now...
Seemed that there was only 1 hole in tube 2. Praying to doG that the Lezyne patches I had with me would work without the sandpaper (they seem to!) I put the CO2 into the newly 'repaired' tube.
I headed down the road on the original trajectory... Got about another 100m and decided that discretion was the better part of valor today and turned back around.
That's when I noticed my HS was loose. HowTF THAT happend, I haven't the foggiest, but there ya go! Tightened the HS and oozed back up the road MUCH slower than the mach 3 I'd gone down. Managed to escape Lonesome Rd without flatting on the way back towards home.
Had the briefest of thoughts of heading back home and grabbing another wheelset and trying again, but I caught a case of the screwits pretty quickly.
So now I need to go pull the tube out of the wheel and restock my emergency kit. Next time Lonesome Rd! You're MINE!!
Dude, I feel your pain. I just did a 6 mi shakedown ride, more a confidence & technique builder than any other real workout. Last time I rode this bike I crashed it and the time before that I flatted on that course and had to walk home through meth neighborhoods. :huh
Been putzing around in the garage, hanging extra wheels, re-packing seat bags, etc.
Just downloaded today's race (Tour of Flanders, not Ghent-Wevelgem ) and its almost time to watch it!
Mom keeps bugging me to bring a phone on my rides. I was a CH away from needing a ride and guess who doesn't answer her phone. Oh well. It worked out.
Just finished my second MTB ride of the year. Ringwood State Park in NJ, right along the north state line. Really fun, well-engineered trails. Stands a good chance of being my new default place to ride.
But man, I'm in lousy shape. This is going to be the first April in 4 years that we haven't road-tripped to Utah and western Colorado, and without that motivation to keep fit through the winter, I haven't done a very good job of it.
The first couple of rides are pretty brutal, for sure! I agree on having a goal event to motivate you to ride. From '99 to '08 we attended a Mtn Bike Festival up in the Berkshires in Mass. in August. It was always a lot more fun to show up in good fitness, as it's a ton of climbing. Sadly, Pedro's, and then Kenda, bailed on sponsoring the event. But I am riding to VT later this summer with a few buddies. A 280 mile ride, so again I have a goal.
Met up with the local bike club folks at ten this morning and rode 84 miles today. The route was relatively flat with some rollers. We had a couple of stops for food/water replenishment and the ride went well for the 5 of us who dared to do the whole loop. On the return leg, less than a mile from home, the quads cramped up something fierce. The 3 State century is gonna be a suffer fest in five weeks.
Dude, when I get my MTN bike I'd like to ride that with you, long as you don't mind a really rusty trail rider tagging along..
I'm looking it up now, can't be that far from NYC right?
Did you watch that race yet,man it looked like Fabio was going to walk away with it again. Gilbert was riding aggresive but it looked like he was trying to set it up for Boonen until near the end when Gilbert did to much for his own sprint and Boonen didnt make the first group. That was one hell of a race I thought.
BTW I always carry a phone for emergencies and it has come in handy a few times.
Didn't go riding this morning as I went to bed last night with the beginnings of a sore throat.
I did get to rooting around ion the garage and the back of the closet.
I found these,
I've no idea why I own these, but here they are,
I'm thinking I have zero use for these.
Buy me a beer sometime and pay the shipping and they are yours.
I think the "(6)" means these are for a 6-speed.
Shoot me a PM if interested.
15th out of 50 in the road race. I was sitting third wheel at the 500 meter mark and got swallowed up in a field sprint. I should have been the one to jump and made everyone chase. muscles and lungs can be conditioned. the self confidence to jump and be the rabbit is something I need to work on.