I just won my first cycle race!!!

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I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Fri Nov 23, 2012 14:49 pm

Just had to share - it was only about half a mile but it felt damn good...

I've just got back from a quick ride round Richmond Park, and I was on my second time up the hill from Robin Hood Gate to the top of Broomfield Hill. I was gradually catching up a lad on a road bike (looked to be about 17), and as I got to about two bike lengths behind, he looked round, saw me coming, and sprinted off up the hill out of the saddle.

The first time up had nearly killed me so I was hardly going to sprint after him - I just carried on steadily, and then noticed that he'd stopped sprinting, and I was catching him again.

A smile crept across my face as he turned round to see where I was, sprinted again, but this time very weakly. I kept my nerve, stayed in the saddle, and drew level....

... and then pushed as hard as I could for the last fifty yards or so, getting to the top several seconds ahead. I could barely see, let alone breathe, for a few seconds after that but he didn't catch me :)

A minor little victory for an old fart just turned 50, but it was definitely one of my "perfect moments in cycling". :D :D :D
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby Wrath Rob » Fri Nov 23, 2012 14:52 pm

Nice one. Sounds like experience triumphing over youth :D That hill is pretty sharp, trying to sprint up it is a great way to blow up massively.
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby amaferanga » Fri Nov 23, 2012 14:53 pm

Great. What if that was the first time the kid had ridden a bike since he was 6 though?
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby danowat » Fri Nov 23, 2012 14:56 pm

Race? really?...........

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Fri Nov 23, 2012 14:59 pm

You should enter a sportive.. you'd love it.

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby saprkzz » Fri Nov 23, 2012 15:04 pm

He was probably only on Zone 2 training and his PT doesnt allow him to max out due to his Winter aerobic base training :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby zx6man » Fri Nov 23, 2012 15:05 pm

Maybe you scared him, and he was trying to get away? A win is a win though :-)

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby elderone » Fri Nov 23, 2012 15:11 pm

amaferanga wrote:Great. What if that was the first time the kid had ridden a bike since he was 6 though?

What difference does that make?The OP states the other rider tried to burn him off and got his a*se handed on a plate.
Nice one OP,a victory for us oldies.Made me smile reading it any way.
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby zx6man » Fri Nov 23, 2012 15:12 pm

glad I am only 42, you 50+ guys are just too competitive :-)

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Fri Nov 23, 2012 15:36 pm

danowat wrote:Race? really?...........

Damn right it was :D

He was totally racing from the moment he sprinted away, and as soon as I saw that I was catching him again, so was I. Somehow I found I could push harder, and when I saw his second sprint fade away, I thought "ha, gotcha", in a way that I haven't done for several decades. I used to be insanely competitive about everything when I was younger, and that feeling came right back.

Hardly the TdF, but there it is, so ner! :D :D
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby Ride hard » Fri Nov 23, 2012 16:04 pm

That's the funniest story I've heard in a long time. Respect big man!

I know those blooming hills in Richmond park all too well and they're a challenge the second/third time around even for (relative) spring chickens like me.
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby Charlie Potatoes » Fri Nov 23, 2012 16:06 pm

Nice one ChrisAOnABike.
Made me smile :mrgreen:
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Postby jibberjim » Fri Nov 23, 2012 16:15 pm

And the good thing about Strava is, just as you're getting a big head you can find out a woman towing a baby in a trailer is lapping faster than you...
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Fri Nov 23, 2012 17:12 pm

jibberjim wrote:And the good thing about Strava is, just as you're getting a big head you can find out a woman towing a baby in a trailer is lapping faster than you...

:D

I've seen her name crop up a few times, she could kick my ars* any day of the week I imagine. I might even meet her some time - I'd been thinking about maybe joining her club once I get a bit faster. Not that I'd see anything of her except her rear end - given that she can do 60 miles at an average 18mph.

Chapeau, I think you're supposed to say!

Actually, nearly all the girls that ride in the park are a lot faster than me. The only ones I've overtaken had wicker baskets on the front, as I recall. :oops: :oops:
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby Stuuu » Fri Nov 23, 2012 17:53 pm

Excellent story and result!

Time to get a wicker basket on the front and see if it helps. :D
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby MartAstur » Fri Nov 23, 2012 18:31 pm

Great post! put a smile on my face :) Well Done!

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby JGSI » Fri Nov 23, 2012 18:51 pm

If you do have the bug then check out the LVRC
http://www.lvrc.org.uk/
for 2013.
A licence for £20 and a tenner per entry for next year if they dont up the entry fee.
I 'm a Cat D rider actually keen to get older for a CAt E entry :wink: I might actually get a chance on a win...

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Fri Nov 23, 2012 20:02 pm

JGSI wrote:If you do have the bug then check out the LVRC
http://www.lvrc.org.uk/

That does appeal, actually - thanks for that. I've been wondering if there was anything competitive for people like me (ie, older, slower, less experienced) and that might be just the thing.

I'm thinking it would be wise to join a club first, though, to build up some group riding skills?
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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby InkZ » Fri Nov 23, 2012 20:54 pm

Slow and steady wins the race lol

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Re: I just won my first cycle race!!!

Postby TakeTurns » Fri Nov 23, 2012 21:19 pm

ChrisAOnABike wrote:
JGSI wrote:If you do have the bug then check out the LVRC
http://www.lvrc.org.uk/

That does appeal, actually - thanks for that. I've been wondering if there was anything competitive for people like me (ie, older, slower, less experienced) and that might be just the thing.

I'm thinking it would be wise to join a club first, though, to build up some group riding skills?


Great job Chris!

Joining a club would be a good idea. Kingston Wheelers is a great choice for yourself. Their guideline is that you should be able to complete 3 RP laps within 80mins. So a little less than 27mins per lap.

Keep kickin' ass.


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