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Personicus
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MikeBikes and Hagens Dev were fucking brutal at Cherry Pie.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:24
killing time
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(Reply to #102)

Misogynisticus wrote:
MikeBikes and Hagens Dev were fucking brutal at Cherry Pie.

yeah. i tried to fallow switters. didn't work out so well. i was in the group with laberge and clif bar.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:37
BabbyMatt
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yall doing coppertown circuit race? would have been at cherry pie but I did the tainthammer yesterday instead

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 14:42
Personicus
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I want to do Coppertown but I have to go play domestique in Fresno at Pine Flat. I might toss Cantua Creek in Coalinga into the mix to at least get on the podium that weekend.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:04
crabbi
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any norcal folk heading to madera?

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Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:21
dema
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I've done it the previous two or three years. Love that RR. Too bad I'm out of shape and my work situation is a mess.

Also love Cantua. Got 2nd in E4 last year.

Kinda tempted to just skip at least the first half of this season.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 17:59
BabbyMatt
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I'm planning on doing Madera. Going to get a retul fit up at bespoke on Saturday and am bringing the TT bike. Hopefully can get a good fit and get enough time on it before the race.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 18:13
crabbi
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Matt, let's meet up while we're both out there

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Mon, 02/10/2014 - 18:23
killing time
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TARCK MEET UP AT MADERA

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 01:37
BabbyMatt
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yes definitely, should be fun. is there anything to do there in the evenings? Marci is probably gonna come with me and spend the night

so it's not technically a race but I did the Murphy Mack Tainthammer on Sunday and it was super fun. zombie and snowman were there too

had to leave super early for the 7:30 AM start
we rolled out a little late, had to wait for the cops to clear the way

I took my caadx as-is with 35mm tires and stock everything
We rode out as a big group and i stayed up near the front because I figured at some point they'd raise the pace. they started speeding things up at about mile 5, and I joined in on the rotation. a group of supa-fast guys broke away but I wasn't there to work too hard anyway so I stayed in group #2. we did a sort of echelon with a random rotation. took a few pulls. we hit some bumpy roads and some wet/packed sand at this point but nothing too crazy. winds were maybe 10 mph? didn't feel too bad.

we hit the first rest stop and they had pancakes, sausages, coffee, and whisky for us. most of the dudes in the group I had been in checked in real quick, and took off asap. I said fuck that these pancakes are hella good so I chilled a bit, then zombie rolled up on his singlespeed, so I had some coffee and waited a bit for him and we took off together. we started cruising and chatting and forgot to keep an eye out for turn markers, so we missed a turn and stopped to check directions. got going again and got chased by a few dogs that we had to sprint away from. The border collie was the fastest, he was keeping up at like 23 mph so that was cool.

We found the route again and cruised into a headwind. did a little bit of work together but for the most part we were just keeping it tempo and talking. some of the roads were bumpy and had potholes and patches and whatever, but again nothing crazy. we saw a bunch of chicken and cow farms, and a hawk flying off with a mouse.

then after I think mile 40 we hit unpaved farm road. since it had been raining the past couple of days, it was really muddy. the center had some pretty gnarly washboard, but there were smoother lines to be found on the sides. we trudged through a bit of that into a cross wind, but then luckily it turned right and we had a tailwind again. the only mud I've ridden was my first cross race, so I had to sort of re-learn how to deal with it. the bike felt real squirrely until I remembered to let the front end do what it wants. once I figured that out it was no big deal, I just followed whatever lines I could find and let the bike do its thing.

at one point my chain got stuck with all the mud, so I had to put a foot down and clear it out. after that my derailleur was clicking whenever i pedaled, but the bike was still moving fine so it was all good. we saw a few groups ahead of us and not too many behind, so I figured we weren't going along that quickly. we rolled up to the next rest stop and had some potatoes and bananas. I think zombie had some more whisky. I can't drink while riding, it gives me stomach issues, boo. they had a mechanic tent so I asked them to look at my derailleur. they cleaned it up a bit and found that the chain wasn't sitting on the jockey wheel for some reason, and they fixed it.

got back to riding, still a bunch of flat unpaved mud/washboard, with a bit of loose/deep gravel here and there. we passed a few guys that took road bikes and had mechanicals. found out later one of the guys broke his derailleur hanger and had to get a ride back. got back on some smoother roads and bumped the pace up to about 19-20 once some of the mud got off our tires. this was kind of a boring section but I was starting to feel some aching in the legs and wanted to get back. we took turns taking 3-5 minute pulls and eventually turned left back onto more interesting/bumpy roads again. after a couple miles of bumps it turned into more unpaved stuff with even worse washboard than before. the smooth lines on the sides were there but interrupted by deep puddles that we switched sides for. every time we cut across the washboard I felt like I was going to get rattled off of the bike. the mud here was particularly bad, real slimy and slick, and we had to stay really close to the side of the road to find a decent line, but that meant smacking into bushes and shrubs and crap on the sides.

pulled up to the last rest stop, had some grilled cheese, and then back into the mud. I caught a second wind and was making good progress and passed a guy in superpro kit. then a big chunk of mud flew up from my front tire and under my glasses right into my eye, so I stopped for a bit and he passed me back. got going again and finished off the last section of mud, which turned into bad pavement again for about 1k before the finish. that last muddy section was something like 8 miles and seemed to last forever.

total distance for the "70" mile route was 81 miles, moving time of 4:46. we ended up taking 4th and 5th for the short route, which surprised me because I didn't think we were pushing the pace too hard. we went back to the parking lot and had some beers from the fridge in the community center thing murphy rented, and waited for the food to be ready. the chef whipped up some pretty good grub. there was chicken , carnitas, rice, salad, beans, and other good stuff. overall it was a really well run event and i'd do it again in a heartbeat. maybe i'll try the 130 miler next time.


Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:00
halbritt
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Looks awesome. Sad I didn't go.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 15:33
GrandmaJordan
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Murphy knows how to put on a race. I miss his weird events. Had hoped to maybe make it down for the Spring Classic March 9, but doesn't look like I'll be able to. :(

Great write up, Matt!

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Wed, 02/12/2014 - 17:41
petit jong cat
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@matt: that's an enjoyable report of yer ride. would read again!

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Thu, 02/13/2014 - 00:32
CheshireCat
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hella jealous. Had to stay in all weekend and work.

Love anything that Murph puts together.

-is a cat
-is a REAL doctor!

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 15:28
petit jong cat
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I think I'll be riding the Land Park Criterium. Anyone else participating next month?

teepz wrote:
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Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:24
BabbyMatt
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(Reply to #116)

I'll most likely be there.

It's a fun one. Staying up front is key because the field really accordions after the S turns

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:27
petit jong cat
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raddd, I'll try my best to stay upfront and out of trouble! smiley

see you there btw!

crash at 14:08; holy shit, ow.

teepz wrote:
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Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:49
BabbyMatt
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hah, thats me on the left at 0:26

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 21:56
crabbi
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Raced this past weekend solo in AZ. Crit in Tempe on Saturday and circuit race in Fountain Hills on Sunday.

Fast course on Saturday with only two real corners and two big sweepers. The bank super was really wide and prone to attacks when the field calmed. Tried for a few breaks, but the field was motivated to not let anything stick for more than a few laps. Decided to just chill and just float around while picking out what wheels I wanted to follow. Last lap got hot and I surfed around from train to train till I positioned myself into the back wheel of a rider from the Winded Development team. Coming out of the last corner, I got chopped, lost momentum as I was trying to not hit the curb, and sprinted to 10th. The kid who's wheel I was following ended up winning. Got into the pro race after that and it was hard. Almost 31mph avg and I was hanging on for dear life.

Sunday was a 1.3mi circuit in a state park with lots of undulating elevation and winding roads; again with only two real turns. Before the final turn, there was a half mile climb ranging from 4-6% and the final straight was a winding 400m to the line. I wanted to get some redemption, so I pulled out all the moves and rode really aggressively. Instigating attacks, stringing out the field, and using my size advantage to take whatever wheel I wanted. I don't think the 3s in AZ are as comfortable with fighting for a wheel as those in soCal, so I was able to ride where I wanted with ease. On they last climb, I positioned myself around 4th wheel and floated back and forth between whichever of the two opposing trains was going faster and came out of the corner around 5-6th wheel. The kid who won Saturday took off from first wheel and nobody really followed. I didn't want to lead anyone out (I was solo the entire weekend), so I waited for the others to ramp it up. I was 3rd wheel and the guy in front of me ramped up the pace and started his sprint (too early) and I sat on his wheel till about 250m when I jumped hard enough to afford me the luxury of sitting down to come across the line for 2nd.

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:33
randsome beast
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Congrats on second and showing such decorum on the podium.

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Tue, 02/18/2014 - 12:37
GrandmaJordan
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First race (well, TT) of the season on Sunday - a flat 12-mile thing. Doing it Eddy style like usual. I don't really care how I do in relation to other people, but I'm interested to see how my performance has (hopefully) improved over last year.

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 10:49
crabbi
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Last corner steeze

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Wed, 02/19/2014 - 13:02
Patch
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Ace.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 13:38
Blakey
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(Reply to #124)

crabbi wrote:

You and 1st are doing it right. gotta be sponsor/club correct.

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 18:49
killing time
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i raced university road race today.

three words sum that up pretty well: what the hell

i really regret not riding as much as i should have during the winter.

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 01:09
BabbyMatt
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I raced it too. Dropped after the 1st lap.

My 47kg teammate also got dropped.

Don't think I'll be doing this one again

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 02:27
GrandmaJordan
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First race (TT) of the year is in the books. I beat last year's time, but more importantly, my power output was 20+ watts above last year's effort. I started 3rd of about 15, and I expected, partly due to the fact that I was riding Eddy style and with full fenders, that I'd get passed by almost everyone in my category. I only got passed by two people, the woman who started right after me and has been racing and TTing for years, and my teammate, who just got a new TT bike and KILLED it. I'm sure some of those other ladies beat my time, but I was surprised at not getting passed more. I felt pretty good, though I struggled to find a balance of cadence and power output that I could maintain. I felt like I was more comfortable with a slower cadence (77 - 80), but I know that's not really good TT form.

All in all, I kind of want to hate TTs, but I kind of like them. I just wish equipment wasn't such a big factor, since I won't be able to afford a TT bike for a long, long time, which means I'm pretty much only ever competing against myself.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 18:53
killing time
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(Reply to #128)

BabbyMatt wrote:
I raced it too. Dropped after the 1st lap.

My 47kg teammate also got dropped.

Don't think I'll be doing this one again

i thought i saw you roll off as i was driving away. that race is all about doing 5 min intervals. i dont thing there is really a tactical way you can race it besides just riding at your own pace.

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 01:21
aerobear
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Jordan, as stupid as they look, i think just some clip on aero bars go a long way. I have only done it a couple times but i've lowered my bars and put a short stem and some clip ons and it works pretty well. Looks dumb, but only takes like 10-15 minutes to undo and put your bike back how it belongs.

Might take a bit longer to get up the first time, but you could throw the bike on the trainer and mess around with it a bit.

edit: just saw your wtb post, so i guess you already got that figured out. but def collect a couple super shorty stems, otherwise you end up in superman position

crowding wrote:
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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:08
dema
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(Reply to #130)

killing time wrote:
i raced university road race today.

three words sum that up pretty well: what the hell

i really regret not riding as much as i should have during the winter.

My former training buddy killed it in the 123s. Former, because he's way too strong for me to ride with these days.

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 14:50
halbritt
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(Reply to #131)

aerobear wrote:
Jordan, as stupid as they look, i think just some clip on aero bars go a long way. I have only done it a couple times but i've lowered my bars and put a short stem and some clip ons and it works pretty well. Looks dumb, but only takes like 10-15 minutes to undo and put your bike back how it belongs.

Might take a bit longer to get up the first time, but you could throw the bike on the trainer and mess around with it a bit.

edit: just saw your wtb post, so i guess you already got that figured out. but def collect a couple super shorty stems, otherwise you end up in superman position

Someone gave me some a while back. I tried 'em. They were good for a couple mph on a flat course. The difference was surprising.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 17:07
randsome beast
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I've been very vocal about how happy I am with your choice to go at these Merckx style. Doing your best and losing in good style is way cooler to me than dorking up a road bike and edging toward the podium. Not going to ding you if aerobars make you happy or successful.

emor wrote:
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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 17:41
crabbi
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(Reply to #133)

rando wrote:
I've been very vocal about how happy I am with your choice to go at these Merckx style. Doing your best and losing in good style is way cooler to me than dorking up a road bike and edging toward the podium. Not going to ding you if aerobars make you happy or successful.

unless everyone is doing the tt ala Merckx, then it don't matter. you'd have to be some sort of prodigy to beat a field full of tt bikes.

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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 17:49
randsome beast
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That was somewhat my point. TT's are the one place the person who spent the most has the advantage in a contest of equal strength. Barring a top end TT bike I'd continue getting stronger and focusing on my own progress.

emor wrote:
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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 18:03
GrandmaJordan
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Until now, I've been happy to race against myself. I do think, generally, that TT bikes and all the equipment advantages in TTs are dumb. The thing is, the best shots I have at doing well at races this year are stage races. I do not have a big motor. I'm a small climber whose best weapon (sadly) is the fact that I evidently have hollow bones. I don't get many chances to use that weapon racing in Oregon. I lost several minutes in the TT at the big stage race I did last year as the only Eddy style TTer, and it could have meant the difference between getting second and getting third. That's frustrating enough that I'll give some aero bars and helmet a try. I don't race my bike to look or be cool. I do it because I'm a competitive weirdo with some kind of axe to grind, apparently.

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Mon, 02/24/2014 - 18:04
Patch
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Jordan, are you thinking regular tt bars or mini? Are you looking to change your roadbike setup or keep it as is?

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 18:07
crabbi
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big local stage race this weekend
https://www.bikereg.com/Net/21725

weather
http://www.weather.com/weather/weekend/Overton+NV+USNV0070:1:US

itt in the rain, NBD
crit in the rain on a not-so-great course, HOLY FUCKBALLS.

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Thu, 02/27/2014 - 12:59
crabbi
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Yesterday's stage 1 itt was wet, fastish, and still kinda uncomfortable. I crashed yesterday morning on my way to get coffee and my hip was swollen and sore. We headed out there early to get one practice run in before they started sending riders off. It was dry and there were two corners a was a bit sketch on, as I've ridden the TT bike three times and am not quite comfortable with the positioning yet. Anyways, start warming up and right as our first rider leaves the tent, it starts pouring. Anyways, still pissing rain when I'm up and I get up to speed and just try to keep pushing above perceived threshold (no power on TT bike, yet). The two turns were extra dicey now with the wet, pothole ridden roads. I tapped the rear brake in both turns and got out of the aerobars on one climb. As hindsight is 20/20, I could have taken the turnaround much faster and I should have went harder for the last km. Ended up 10/75 and 35" behind the leader.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
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Sat, 03/01/2014 - 11:44
aerobear
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nice job
at least you didn't crash into some bushes like that time i tried to take a downhill 90* turn on a borrowed TT bike that i had only ridden once before. dang things don't turn so good.

(somehow i think if i nonchalantly tell this story it'll become less embarrassing with time)

crowding wrote:
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Sat, 03/01/2014 - 12:05
lukasz
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(Reply to #140)

aerobear wrote:
nice job
at least you didn't crash into some bushes like that time i tried to take a downhill 90* turn on a borrowed TT bike that i had only ridden once before. dang things don't turn so good.

(somehow i think if i nonchalantly tell this story it'll become less embarrassing with time)

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 13:19
stormy
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Good job, I like that you're just barely ahead of Nick on the TT.

Had my first race of the season today, 5 cat 4s showed up, 3 of the other guys were my teammates. The race organizers also decided to drop our race from 40 to 25 miles.
We basically just rode a paceline for most of the race until the last lap where we started attacking the odd man out. Was working very well, and he was basically tapped out... and then we got neutralized. With 1km to go. He was able to muster enough of a sprint for 2nd, I was lead out guy, so I got 4/5. Meh.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 14:45
aerobear
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lol at you guys running a lead out train to try and outsprint 1 guy
sorry that's just funny

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 16:50
BabbyMatt
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TT bike fits like a glove now, took it out for a trial run of a local 10 mile TT here with some teammates. beat my previous time by about 30 seconds and in slower conditions. everyone was riding times 40-60 seconds slower than last time. Rode a 26:20 on a 10 mile out and back, with 1 mile of climbing before the turnaround. it was wet so I was cautious on the descent and there was a pretty strong headwind on the way out.

didn't have time to put on the powertap ( was in a rush and this bike has weird rear dropouts that are annoying to put a wheel into) so not sure if I was making more power or was more aero, but I suspect it was a bit of both. upper arms are now 90 degrees to my torso and the pads are all the way back at my elbows, so i'm using a lot less energy holding myself up than before. I got an ISM Podium as well, and it feels great in the aero position.

hoping to put in a good effort at Madera. guess if I can save enough energy on the crit I might have a decent time in me. probably gonna rock the powertap for that one though. what do you guys think? pacing by RPE vs watts vs running a 60mm in the rear? I hear the rear doesn't make that big of an overall difference anyway. last year's winning times were in the 23's for the flat 10 miles, but I've been told that the course has more tailwind than headwind so times are skewed a bit lower because of it.

also; no water bottle for a 10 miler right?

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 20:35
GrandmaJordan
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First road (circuit) race of the season tomorrow. It's going to be cold and windy and possibly rainy. I have four teammates racing, and I think there are a couple who could win. I'm playing the role of "make the pace uncomfortable and pop people during the race but don't tire out our sprinters" lady. Should be fun.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 20:36
dema
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(Reply to #145)

GL Jordan!

As a general team tactic, I'm not really a fan of trying to push the pace during the main part of race. At least not just of the sake of it. If you're not sprinting, I like:
Pulling back breaks that your team isn't represented in.
Getting into breaks.
Leading out or pushing the pace on the last couple laps, if your sprinter is in position.

BabbyMatt wrote:
probably gonna rock the powertap for that one though. what do you guys think? pacing by RPE vs watts vs running a 60mm in the rear? I hear the rear doesn't make that big of an overall difference anyway.

No brainer. PT with disc cover. What kind of rim? Check wheelbuilder.com.

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 20:46
GrandmaJordan
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(Reply to #146)

dema wrote:
GL Jordan!

As a general team tactic, I'm not really a fan of trying to push the pace during the main part of race. At least not just of the sake of it. If you're not sprinting, I like:
Pulling back breaks that your team isn't represented in.
Getting into breaks.
Leading out or pushing the pace on the last couple laps, if your sprinter is in position.

Thanks!

It's a very short race (under an hour, usually), and I'm not a great motor, so it's unlikely I'll get a break. I'm trying to make the weaker riders pop and tire out the others so our diesel will have a better chance at making a break stick if she gets a chance at one. Of course, if something weird happens, I'll TAKE a chance to break away, and will probably chase down plenty of attacks and maybe launch a few of my own. Just my overall goal is to make things more uncomfortable for other racers not on my team, so our sprinters and break contenders have a better shot. I don't have much of a chance on a flat, windy course like this one, so it's fun to work hard for the girls who do! They'll have their day working for me.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sat, 03/01/2014 - 21:49
crabbi
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10th today in the crit. Got cockblocked when I was coming around my leadout. Also, saddle slipped down over an inch over the course of the race. Next purchase is a torque wrench. Lulz. Tomorrow should be...interesting.

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Sat, 03/01/2014 - 23:09
halbritt
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(Reply to #148)

BabbyMatt wrote:
hoping to put in a good effort at Madera. guess if I can save enough energy on the crit I might have a decent time in me. probably gonna rock the powertap for that one though. what do you guys think? pacing by RPE vs watts vs running a 60mm in the rear? I hear the rear doesn't make that big of an overall difference anyway. last year's winning times were in the 23's for the flat 10 miles, but I've been told that the course has more tailwind than headwind so times are skewed a bit lower because of it.

also; no water bottle for a 10 miler right?

At your level, aero wheels are pretty much pointless and a power meter is pretty crucial. Use the PT, if you have time and it's not terribly windy, get the wheel covers.

Water bottle ain't necessary for a 10 mile TT, but you might want one for aero purposes anyway. Depends on the frame.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 01:19
stormy
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(Reply to #149)

aerobear wrote:
lol at you guys running a lead out train to try and outsprint 1 guy
sorry that's just funny

Sorry I kinda misspoke, it was less of a leadout train and more of a I-pick-the-pace-up-and-go-too-hard-and-blow-up-100m-from-the-finish train. I wasn't really the guy who was supposed to win this race, so it worked out anyway.

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 16:08
GrandmaJordan
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First race of the year is in the books!

It was fucking cold. It was 36 and (freezing?) raining for my race. We started with a field of about 15, and managed to keep up a reasonable pace, despite the wind and terrible cold. About halfway, I looked back and saw we'd popped about half the field, and we were left with 7 ladies - including myself and 3 teammates. There were some strong attacks, and I worked to help chase them down. I also tried hard to take lots of pulls and take the wind for my teammates who had a good shot at the sprint. In our final 5 miles, a super strong girl jumped right after I'd taken a big pull into the wind. I was too gassed to follow. Fortunately, my teammates got an echelon going quickly, and we reeled her in. Coming into the finish, I tried to get our lead out order together, but couldn't make it happen. I ended up just jumping from 3rd wheel and hoping our best sprinter, at the front, caught my wheel. That worked (!) but unfortunately she got boxed in by two other girls and got 3rd. Still, 3rd is pretty good. Surprisingly, a teammate who no one had pegged for a sprinter made a great move at EXACTLY the spot the road opened for us to use both lanes and got 4th. I was gassed from my "lead out" and got 7th, which is fine by me. I couldn't get in the drops anyway because my hands were frozen solid blocks of ice.

All in all, I'm really pleased. Last year, I was hanging on for dear life (or not). This year, I think I've actually done pretty well at animating things and putting moves together. Now, I'm taking a bath.


Here's me taking a pull and looking grim.

Budweiser is doing amazing things with limes these days. - Coleman Light with Lime

Sun, 03/02/2014 - 20:26

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