Thursday, February 26, 2009

Racing

I suck as a blog friend. I admit it. You all deserve better. Life is just hectic right now.

This past weekend, I raced twice. As a bonus, Sydney Brown made the trip down to Texas to escape the cold and do the races as well. We had a blast with Sydney and her boys. I hope I can talk them into coming back next year.

Walburg Road Race

The race has a reputation for being windy windy windy and it didn't disappoint. It was windy to the point of being almost ridiculous. My field was 74 riders and the distance was 48 miles. After two miles two guys went off the front. As usual, nobody wanted to cooperate and chase. After about 30 miles we caught one guy who had blown up. We never did catch the other guy, which I find totally unbelievable. If there is a coordinated chase, no cyclist in the world should be able to stay away for 46 miles in the wind. Such is amateur racing I guess. The finish was uphill. We started cranking it up from about 500 meters. At 100 meters I came out of my saddle to sprint. A second later a Colavita rider got bumped and went down in front of me and I drilled him and endoed. He was ok, but there were two more riders down as well. One looked to be in rough shape. I walked across the finish line with a tweaked bike for 18th place.

Pace Bend Road Race

The Pace Bend Road Race is a race that I really like. It is a closed circuit with full road width racing. My race was short at only 30 miles (6 laps). We had 62 racers. I had 3 teammates in the race. I thought we had a good chance to win the race. The plan was to try to get a guy or guys away. On lap 3 Jeremy attacked and I sat in on the chase. He was brought back in a few minutes and I immediately counter attacked. I was brought back in a few minutes, but we failed to produce another counter attack. On the last lap, Peter came to the front with about a mile to go as a lead out. The finish was uphill again. I popped on the hill and took 16th. Jeremy got 7th and Joe got 9th. Not the desired result, but oh well.

I am racing again this weekend at Primavera II which was my worst race last year. Hopefully this year will be different.


My helmet is trashed from the head plant I did at Walburg.


Sydney Brown in pink tearing it up at Pace Bend


Me on the front of the "chase" at Walburg

Quote of the Day

Give me a diablo sandwich, a Dr. Pepper, and make it quick, I'm in a god-damn hurry. -Buford T. Justice-

9 Comments:

Blogger Zach said...

Good to see you back into blogging. I expect more often posts? Don't worry, I just recently made my first post in over a month but with Collegiate's coming up, I'll be making more regular posts like last year. I hope you'll get a chance to read them every now and then!

I hope you're ok from your fall, but I'm sure you've toughed it out, especially since you race again the same weekend! Good luck in your race next weekend, I look forward to reading about it!

2/26/09, 8:31 PM  
Blogger chatterbox said...

Wow, that sprint in the first race sounds scary. I'm glad you are OK after the endo.

Seems like both races were successful for various reasons. Keep up the great work!

2/27/09, 10:38 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Not good to endo; got to at least do the 180 so you can land on the back if you cannot manage the full flip ;-) Too bad the helmet is toast; hope the bike damage is not too extensive.

I was hoping to do our spring wind fest (Bariani aka Zamora RR); last year it was good echelon practice. But think it will be a couple more months before I can reasonably expect to line up for a race.

2/27/09, 10:53 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Sorry about the crash but if your blogging, then the head must be okay!
Congrats on your races and visiting with Sydney. I wish I had had that chance when she was here last year.
Well, February has come and gone with no trip down there to train. But considering your fitness and my lack of, it is best I stay here!

2/27/09, 1:57 PM  
Blogger Groover said...

You seem in good shape for this early in the year. What's your secret?

Oh, and a blog post once a month is still regular blogging. Don't worry! We will wait for your exciting race reports. ;-)

2/27/09, 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Fendergal said...

I've done the endo thing, and it works best when you fly over the first guy and nobody else lands on you.

Looks relatively balmy down there. Stay safe for the little ones. Keep postin' when you can!

2/27/09, 7:23 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

i soooo want to make some smart-assed comment like "it's a good thing you landed on your head, otherwise you may have gotten hurt", or something like that, but i just can't bring myself to do it. you know, me being mr. serious and all....

good luck with the next race, brutha!

2/28/09, 5:51 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Zach - no problems from the fall. It happens.

Chatterbox - I guess you can find some successes in even crappy placings.

Rick - I look forward to reading your race reports soon.

Oldman - it is in the 80s all week down here. You are missing it!

Groover - I would say only decent shape. My top end just isn't there yet.

Fendergal - I landed partially on the guy I endoed over. That was nice of him to cushion my fall.

Blue - no doubt! Any other part hitting the road could have been bad news.

3/2/09, 7:03 PM  
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