Monday, June 26, 2006

Burlingame Criterium Race Report 2006

Date: 6/25 06
Course: L-shaped technical crit
Category: Elite 3
Field: 87
Teammate: Channing (2nd)
Place: 20th / 27mph avg speed

Well you might have seen Channing’s race report and I don’t have much to add to it. This race is one I like allot but this morning (8:40am), the race wasn’t so good for me. I only got 10~min of warm-up and felt crappy up until the closing laps of the race. Channing was holding a great position up near the front but I could not stay up there. Again I have to say that the quality of riders is as bad as, or worse than the 4 fields I left only a month ago. What a friggn’ mess!

With 2 laps to go I felt like my legs were ready to go and I planned to move up in the final lap, drill it to the final turn, then sprint with whatever I had left. I managed to get into decent outside position going into the sweeper across from Channing. Then right before the last turn some guy bangs Ben from Squdera and he and another rider swerve towards me and I had to evasive maneuver at the worst time, Right when I should have been winding up for the sprint. I stayed off the ground though and half-ass sprinted into 20th place. Disappointing for sure until I heard Channing got 2nd. After that I felt a lot better. I looked forward to the next race, which would be my first foray into the Masters 1/2/3 and hoped for a good, clean, fast race…..

Master 35+ 1/2/3
Field: 94
Teammate: Channing (27th)
Place: 20th / 28.3 mph avg speed
Finish Line Photo link:

Lining up on the front row I was happy to be in the “big show” so to speak. This is a field littered with ex-badass pros and national champs. I had heard from lots of people that there is no messing around in this class and at this point I was willing to get hammered by the big dogs if it meant I could run a fast, clean race without jamming on the brakes in every turn.

The race was fast pretty much from the start, but hey! Hardly any brakes in the corners and I could stay in the drops and just pedal for a while. Things were looking like a repeat of the last race in the respect that Channing, once again, was holding perfect position and while I could move up from time to time to get on Channing’s wheel I couldn’t stay on his wheel and would get shuffled back a few places.

When your flying around at almost 30 mph it’s quite hard to move up just like that! I knew I would have to be patient and wait for the opportunities to come to me and if nothing else be prepared to go with the surge I thought would come on the final lap. So that’s just what I did. On the final lap I was in the top 30 and exiting the chicane I planned to just sprint out and down the straight into the sweeper and sprint again and see what happened.

Things sort of worked out good, I came around Channing just as there was a separation and I made it into the front group. Exhausted as I was, I sprinted for all I had. I managed to get into 20th ….again but at least it felt like a hard earned 20th and I am happy with the result.


I felt I was not aggressive enough in the 3’s race but was ok in the Masters race mostly due to not feeling that good early.
Racing when your not 100% is frustrating but a humbling experience.
Doing the double and with the faster/ harder race later I felt amazing good cardio wise; this is a good sign for the looming CX season.
In a Crit, to be in contention for the podium you have to ride in the front 10 guys almost all the time, unless you’re on super form and you ride around everybody! ( I know this, but got a little reminder!)
I have been riding consistently and feeling better week to week. In the past this has lead to good results so I’ll keep plugging away and hope the horsepower shows up at Davis, Lafayette, or the Cougar MTN weekend before I take a break before cross.


Sunday, June 11, 2006

Race Updates


I still don't have the results for the ST Bikes Crit. I believe I finished around 15th place, this being my first race in the Elite 3 field. What a buch of squirrels! I thought I left most of the chaos back in the 4's. Seems a lot of 4's upgraded or something because the field size was also quite large (94) for a 3's race, from what I was told buy some other guys.... Channing and I finished though, after we both narrowly avoided a rider who got a flat in the last turn before the finish. The upside was Channing and I were together for the run in on the final lap. So very close.....Next time.

ICCC Wheels of Thunder Crit. Super hot and our race was at high noon. I managed to get the 3rd lap sprint prime for $10 whoopee! On the final lap Channing and I again managed to be together on the run in on the final lap but Channing ran out of steam while leading me out and I had to sprint around him and across the gap to the front runners and into 18th place. Channing came in 28th.... Again, being together on the final lap is tough. It only a matter of time before we put it together for a good result for one or both of us....

Links to ICC pic's


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tuesday's rock

I finally got out to the Port of Oakland and did the fast ride tonight after work. Last year It whipped me into shape after 3-4 weeks. It's going to help me get "polished" up for the next "A" race, the Burlingame Criterium.

When I did this ride for the first time last year, I got dropped a few times. After about 4 weeks, I could hang on and throw down some attacks, recover and stay with the group.

I can safely say that my fitness is vastly improved from just 6-7 months ago. Today I managed to hang in the group from the start, and did a lot of work at the front. I wanted to chase breaks for sprint practice and then have a go at the end. I didn't manage to get away really but I strung it out good. Our avg speed was 22 mph for 45 min. With a top speed of 38 mph. Nice little crit training race~ for free. I feel ready to ramp up the intensity and sprint work....

I love Tuesdays!

Monday, June 05, 2006

Pic's from the Ronde

I'm a little behind on the race reports but wanted to post some cool pictures from the Ronde.

Day 1, Highlands Circut Race:

Scott towing me and the entire Elite 4 field up
to the top of the hill and across the finish line around the halfway point. Good day for the team, Scott finished 2nd and I took 3rd. Tony and Josh were in the mix as well..

Day 2, Serrea Point Criterium:
The Fusion Posse warming up on the trainers. A bit cold out but luckly for us it didn't rain until after, our race!

More day 2.......
Scott was the protected man and in contention for the overall. I was to give him the leadout and try to finish as high as possible.