Saturday, March 28, 2009

Driveway Crit 3/26

I decided to race the 3/4 race this week. I estimated about 40 riders at the start. The first few laps were uneventful. There were a few attacks after that but nothing stuck. I felt good throughout the race. The last lap snuck up on me. I wasn't paying attention to the cards and was surprised to hear the bell. I wasn't in a good position. I saw an opening and was able to move to the front of the peleton. I came into the corner before the finish first and ended up sprinting to third. Oh well.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


Monday, March 23, 2009

Fayetteville Stage Race

This past weekend, I did the Saturday road race of the Fayetteville Stage Race. I long ago decided I wouldn't do the time trial because I don't have a TT rig and just wasn't competitive without it last year. The rules are that if you don't start a stage, you can't enter any later stages. Therefore, I didn't race the second road race on Sunday. The race was 46 miles and the field was full at 75 racers. I had one other teammate in the race.

The race was foggy at the start. Just as last year, there was congestion on the narrow roads until the pace picked up and that pack spread out. Aside from a few accelerations, the pace was fairly steady. There were two crashes back to back. The first had people piled up all over the road. I think everyone was ok. The last few miles were at a very solid pace. I started my sprint at 220 meters or so which was a little too far out and ended up 6th. I need work on my sprint.

Fog early on.

Quote of the Day

We'll throw a huge party. I mean huge party! Everybody's invited. Women everywhere. All these girls, they're all there. Naked bodies everywhere. They all know my name. -Gary Wallace-

Friday, March 20, 2009

Driveway March 19th

Yesterday I raced at the Driveway. I wasn't able to get out there last week, so this was my first Driveway race of the year. There were 50-70 racers on the line. I don't know the exact number. The race was a very short 30 minutes.

A racer got a gap and I bridged up to him and pulled through. We were closed down in about a lap. I went with two more racers and we were closed down in about 1/2 lap. A few laps later I went with two other racers. I was second wheel and the dude in front was craning his neck to look back for the pack and ran right off the course. WTF. It was again brought back. On the last lap I was about 4th wheel when the speed started to pick up. As we climbed the grade on the course the dude in front of me either popped or just decided he didn't want any part of the finish so he just slowed up. I went to his left and he started drifting to the outside of the course (to the left). We brushed bars and I told him what I thought of his bone headed move. I mean, if you don't want to contest the finish get the fuck out of the way. That dropped me back to probably 8th. Going into the corner before the finish, the guy in front of me went down forcing me to lock up my brakes and basically come to a stop. At that point I had had it and soft pedaled to the line for 20th or so.

Moving forward I will do the 3/4 race. The 4/5 race just has too many sketchy riders in it. While my chances to win are better so are my chances of getting tangled up with a knuckle head.

Quote of the Day

I really love Rudy. He is totally enamored of me. I mean, I've had other men love me before, but not for six months in a row. -Ginny Baker-

Monday, March 16, 2009

University Oaks Criterium

On Sunday I raced at the University Oaks Criterium in San Antonio. It was raining the morning of the race and the course was soaked. By the time my race started the rain had stopped, but the course was still wet and slippery. Due to the weather there were only 18 racers on the line at the start. The race was 40 minutes.

To make it short, on lap 4 a rider got a little gap and I bridged up to him. I pulled through and looked back and he was fading. I decided to hammer it and see what happened. It basically turned into a 34 minute LT threshold interval. I was able to stay away and win by about 20 seconds. I would have preferred to win with a bigger field, but it is what it is.

Sporting my new racing moustache that my wife loves so much.

Sometime during the race.

The field chasing.

Quote of the Day

There wouldn't be no trouble except for that king shit cop! All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushing Sir. -John Rambo-

Thursday, March 12, 2009


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Primavera II

I raced on Sunday in the Primavera II held in Lago Vista, TX. In my opinion, this is probably the hardest race of the year. Last year, this was my worst race performance of the year - my only DNF.

At 37 degrees, it was cold for Texas at the start of the race. The field was fairly small at 48 riders. The race has a gradual climb that is about 2 miles long, and then a roller coaster descent back to the start/finish. The race was 40 miles which was 9 laps.

The race started off at a moderate pace. On the second lap, I went to the front to put in an effort in hopes of stringing the field out and dropping some deadwood. It sort of worked, but there were still plenty of racers coming up behind me. On the 4th lap, two racers attacked and I went with them. We worked well together and stayed away for about a lap until a 10 racer chase bridged up. We stayed together for another three or so laps and then the same two racers attacked again. I didn't go with them this time and it was a mistake because it was the winning break. Oh well. I sprinted hard for 3rd, but ended up in 4th. Not the wanted result, but it will have to do. Crit season starts soon! WOOOOHOOOO

Our break. I am in the blue and white. You can see the chase in the background.

The transition between the climb and the descent.

Quote of the Day

Suppose Nancy sees me coming out of the shower and decides to come on to me. I'm looking good, got a luscious v of hair going through my chest pubes down to my ball fro. She takes one look at me and goes " Oh my god, I've had the old bull now I want the young calf" and grabs me by the weiner. -Dale Doback-