Monday, March 23, 2009
Saturday's Event - Road race (17 mi laps with 1500ft climbing per lap)
- D2-class (1 lap): Garrett and Joe both did well in this event. Garrett somehow was able to grab another first place victory while Joe took 7th. Pretty shocking because the road race is Joe's type of event. Apparently he lost both contacts in the race and wasn't comfortable participating in the full sprint. Garrett on the other hand bullied his way through two riders riding very close together, screaming angrily as he pulled into first.
- C-Class (2 laps): Ben, Corbin, and I competed in this. Garrett was kind enough to display the scores to the b-ball game as we rode by for our two laps. I got dropped from the pack around halfway through the second lap. I passed a few riders after getting dropped and eventually rode in a pace line with Corbin (fellow Nova rider) and two other riders. I beat Corbin in the sprint because he blew up right before the finish line and took my usual 19th place (out of 53). Ben got dropped after the first lap and I believe grabbed 41st or 44th.
- B-class (3 laps): James was holding his own with the pack. The b class did not split up nearly as much as the c-class. Unfortunately there was a big crash early on in the sprint which James got caught up behind it. James ended up getting 18th place. The two riders went down real hard in the crash, one went face first into the pavement and was knocked unconscious for a little bit. He was fine. The other army racer, got some serious road rash and went to the hospital. Apparently you could see some bone on either his elbow or knee.
Note: the map in google maps is not up to date (all construction was fully finished and buildings were occupied when we raced) The course I mapped out on mapmyride doesn't really show the intensity of the turn. The location where the hazard marker is where there was a foot path across the road. The foot path was cut into the hill and cut level and made with cobblestones/bricks. Then right after the foot path there was a very quick change in grade that could result in some air if taken quick enough. I showed the picture icon where crashes would probably take place. Believe it or not, in the woman's B race, the pace motorcycle crashed at this turn and he had to be taken to the hospital in a stretcher. They used a follow car for the remainder of the races and the car would squeal its tires after passing over this foot path a couple of times. Now for the races...
- D2-Class (20 min): Garret placed third and Joe placed 17th out of 31. Garret might be forced to join me, Ben, and Corbin in the c-class because apparently there is a rule if you grab three podium finishes you must move up.
- C-class (30min): for some reason Ben didn't get put up on the results. I, as usual, placed 19th... the epic curse, there were 45 riders. I did have one very close call almost eating shit on the nasty turn. After taking the turn pretty hard I began pedaling too early and scraped my left pedal on the pavement. I was pedaling hard enough that the force lifted my rear end off the ground and drifted it over a few inches to the outside of the turn. This also resulted in bringing the bike past perpendicular and angling a bit to the right, while my right foot automatically released from the pedal and i landed on my saddle. The crowd all yelled out with "ohhh" followed by everybody clapping as I regained my balance and pulled this one out of the bag with my superior bike handling skills. This incident cost my priceless seconds and resulted in my loosing the pack and fighting with the first follow pack. While Garrett had a valiant effort in cheering me on with various pictures, including one of a skoal tin, a failed to really remain in the race. I ended up completing 24 out of 30 min.
- B-Class: James did superb, throwing his usual race strategy to the wind and riding up front for a number of laps grabbing 2nd in two prime laps. He ended up placing 7th. His race was quite an awesome race to witness.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Garrett (me) did my first TT(15th)+Crit(11th) + Road Race in D's(8th)
Tahir did his frist TT + Crit + Road Race in E's
Josh did Crit(19th) + RR(19th) in C's
James did TT + Crit + Road Race in B's
The weekend went very well with the extremely warm, weather stuck with us
all weekend. The princeton crit had a legitimate climb after a hard right
hander which I and think many found quite challenging. Except for maybe Nick
Frey who gapped the A field by 52 seconds on a 1:45 second lap crit. No
crashes on our team which was awesome but there certainly were many in the C
and D races. The field of talent has apparently stepped up its game as in
the D road race we had mutiple legitimate attacks throughout the race rather
than a group ride with a sprint to the finish as I was told would happen.
Manny plans to move from C to D. Though after using his unreal bike skills
to avoid a 5 person end over end flipping crash mess in front of him at the
sprint to the finish in the raod race, it would clearing be sandbagging with
a move to D. I personally learned that we should use some type of horn or
white board to relay information during a race to our riders as to what laps
we are on and where the leader (most likely us) is in relation to the field.
Priceless moment of the weekend.
. . . . . . . . 15 feet from the turn in on a 20 mph 90 degree corner
Kid on Zipp 404's and Cervelo Bike in D Crit Race: "Hey man everyone needs
to brake at the same spot in to the corner so we can keep on pace to chase
down the lead group"
Me, "Alright man you got it"
. . . . . . . 0.004 seconds later . . . . Crunch . . . . . .Psssstttt
(Tubular Blowout from hitting concrete curb)
Dude went too deep into the corner and ran out of road and in to a monster
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
We rode 37 miles today out to Ridley Creek State Park in the driving, face searing wind. A 2hr and 15min ride felt like a 4 hour marathon- climbing a hill with that much back pressure really saps the energy. 32 degrees and sweating bullets through my winter jacket doesn't help much either.
I'm ready to get on with this ECCC business- I'll be ready to fight that wind at the Thrilla'
Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Maybe I'll delve into restaraunt reviews tomorrow, I'm going to the White Dog Cafe near UPenn with Shanna... looks to be delicious!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
As the lyric from that Wolf Parade Song goes, "You are a Runner."
Monday, February 9, 2009
Quick ride today after yesterday's long ride... 28 miles out to Philly and back. I went home a sweet way though, up one of the five hills of Lower Merion, AKA La Collina, or "The Hill" in Italian. You may recognize it- it's visible from 76 heading out of Philly. Yeah, straight up the hill, hell yeah. Epic Win. PS- It's been beautiful the past two days. Hopefully we'll have some race weekends that look like this... stellar.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Where the hell is my helmet????
Friday, February 6, 2009
Here's my cross training for the year: YOGA!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Like the tackling guy on that one scrubs episode, I'll answer the question... WHO AM I?????