The Race Reports Thread 2012

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby GiantMike » Tue Apr 24, 2012 10:44 am

Thursday 19th CDNW at Preston. I was taken out on the last lap getting ready for the final corner at the end of the 45 min race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6vwmpo ... e=youtu.be

I cut the vid before I start whimpering like an 8 year old in a heap on the grass. Luckily no injuries.
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Postby Johnpsanderson » Wed Apr 25, 2012 07:49 am

GiantMike wrote:Thursday 19th CDNW at Preston. I was taken out on the last lap getting ready for the final corner at the end of the 45 min race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6vwmpo ... e=youtu.be

I cut the vid before I start whimpering like an 8 year old in a heap on the grass. Luckily no injuries.


Standard last lap pileup! Nice to have soft grass to land on though... It looked like you were in a good position at the beginning of the final lap - by the time of the crash it looked like you were well out of it? I usually drift out of the back and then sit up if I end up in a position like that on the final lap - at best you are probably sprinting for 15th...
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby GiantMike » Wed Apr 25, 2012 07:58 am

Johnpsanderson wrote:
GiantMike wrote:Thursday 19th CDNW at Preston. I was taken out on the last lap getting ready for the final corner at the end of the 45 min race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6vwmpo ... e=youtu.be

I cut the vid before I start whimpering like an 8 year old in a heap on the grass. Luckily no injuries.


Standard last lap pileup! Nice to have soft grass to land on though... It looked like you were in a good position at the beginning of the final lap - by the time of the crash it looked like you were well out of it? I usually drift out of the back and then sit up if I end up in a position like that on the final lap - at best you are probably sprinting for 15th...


I was in the 3/4 race that runs alongside the E/1/2 race. I was probably running 5th in the 3/4 (lapped by the E/1/2s but it's very difficult to know until the results are published).

Point noted about my position deteriorating. The E/1/2s are feckin fast and I didn't have the legs to keep up and I wasn't racing them anyway. The crash was at 32 MPH.
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby Johnpsanderson » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:55 am

Ah - one of those races where two different races mix together? Always a nightmare in my experience!
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby Johnpsanderson » Tue May 01, 2012 07:41 am

Another weekened of time-trialling, sadly far less successful than I had hoped! http://meandthemountain.wordpress.com/2 ... amp-squib/
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby wjcrombie » Thu May 03, 2012 15:05 pm

[quote="GiantMike"]Point noted about my position deteriorating. The E/1/2s are feckin fast and I didn't have the legs to keep up and I wasn't racing them anyway. The crash was at 32 MPH.[/quote]

You probably do have the legs but taking a turn on the front with just under a lap to go was your mistake, you should have either stayed on the guys wheel or rolled through and immediately pulled over to get back on a wheel 3 or 4 back from the front (ie exactly where you were when the video started).

You also left it to late to start trying to move up. you should have done that 200 or 300 metres earlier, although I am guessing you were still trying to recover from the earlier effort on the front and then getting back into some shelter....

Glad you were not injured...

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby Johnpsanderson » Fri May 04, 2012 13:19 pm

Another outing with a number on my back - a humble '10' http://wp.me/p1XQoy-6t
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby gattocattivo » Mon May 07, 2012 09:39 am

Quite a day yesterday:

1) Suffer pre-race insomnia, get to sleep at about 3am and back up at 6am
2) After an hour's drive to race HQ discover that I've lost my race licence (which is still missing, presumed gone forever) so have to pay for a day licence
3) After 37 miles of racing on a very potholed course (with numerous riders hitting them and suffering instant race-ending punctures) we're flagged to a halt - the road ahead is closed due to an accident in the elite race ahead of us on the same circuit. A helicopter comes in to airlift one rider to hospital - not a good sign.
4) Improbably we're off again after a 10-minute delay
5) A guy comes past in full Sky kit with no race number. He goes to the front of the bunch and attacks causing a chase and the pace hots up. He then eases off and drifts back through the bunch with a grin on his face. This man is Alex Dowsett.
6) Yet another rider hits a hole and punctures and comes to a virtual standstill without putting his arm up, I have to swerve to avoid him, my rear wheel hits someone's front wheel and takes them out
7) My legs completely cramp up and I get dropped after 48 miles. At the finish line they tell me that I can only score points (for the ECCA festival) if I finish the race. So running on empty I do another 12-mile circuit on my own, getting passed by the elite race and Alex Dowsett again on the way.

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby fish156 » Mon May 07, 2012 10:08 am

So gattocattivo, are you hooked :-)

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby Johnpsanderson » Tue May 08, 2012 08:30 am

gattocattivo wrote:Quite a day yesterday:

3) After 37 miles of racing on a very potholed course (with numerous riders hitting them and suffering instant race-ending punctures) we're flagged to a halt - the road ahead is closed due to an accident in the elite race ahead of us on the same circuit. A helicopter comes in to airlift one rider to hospital - not a good sign.


Good news is said rider, one of my club mate, is now back home and recovering with no serious injuries. We were all rather worried for a while though!
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby gattocattivo » Tue May 08, 2012 17:10 pm

that's a relief

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby DHTT » Fri May 11, 2012 20:53 pm

My experience at Isle Of Man Youth Tour and this weeks Cornish Series now on :-)

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby CakeLovinBeast » Mon May 14, 2012 10:48 am

13/05/12: Shred Classic 2012 - Plymouth

I haven't raced in a fair few weeks, so I had some nerves approaching this one, not to mention that it was 2/3/4 race, so I was going to be mixing it up with the "proper" racers. The nerves manifested themselves early on during my warm-up, when I managed to misjudge a totally innoccuous corner and ended up body checking a steel fence and bruising my shoulder. Confidence knocked and arm aching, I slowly made my way back to the event area to sign on and check out the course.

It was basically a go-kart track for bikes. Set up on the top of Plymouth Hoe, the circuit was maybe 600m long. From the line, the home straight peeled off to the left slightly, before twisting into a not-quite 180 degree right-hander. From there the back straight ran completely straight before ending in an full 180 degree right-hander, back into the wind and back over the line again. We had a decent amount of time to practice and warm up on the track. The other four guys from Mid Devon were flying round, whilst I was still being quite tentative round the corners because of my earlier mishap. Having spectators all the way around the course was a little bit intimidating too - I was convinced they were spotting all of my mistakes and laughing at them! Eventually, after giving myself a bit of a talking to and taking a bit of time picking my lines, I was relatively happy, just in time to be called forward to the line.

I was called up for the first heat, a mixed group of just under 20 riders, for our briefing: 20 minute heats, primes at 5 and 10 minutes, no swearing, no kamikaze runs into the corners... I felt like a boxer at a prize fight. With that, the whistle went, we were off and there wasn't time to be nervous anymore. I went out quite hard, but was surprised (given the field) to find myself in the first 5 or 6 wheels. After the first couple of laps though, it was soon obvious that it wasn't a pace that I could sustain, and I started to lose places to people who'd gone off at a more sensible place. I was engaged in my own little battle somewhere around mid-pack where there was a group of maybe four of us trying to maintain position. Mid Devon clubmate Mark Dolan was tearing up the race, lapping us shortly after the first prime, with another Mid Devon rider, Tom Bayliss, not far behind. I was aware of a couple of punctures, and also someone with a shipped chain, but after the first few laps I didn't really know where I was in relation to any of the other people on the course - I only had eyes on the Yogi rider and another guy in Nike shorts just ahead of me.

Just over halfway into the race, after the 2nd prime, I'd passed one of the guys in my group and then got the elbow to take a turn. I passed on the back straight, managed a tight line through the bottom corner and then tried to put a bit of a dig in to string people out some more. I gained a couple of lengths, managed a good line through the top corner and then realised that I'd gone harder than I should. I started to retch down the back straight and had to back off to stop from hurling. I was soon passed again as I chased to get back onto the wheel of the Yogi rider who had passed me. I clawed the distance back and I sensed that the Yogi rider was tiring, along with the Cyclesport South Hams rider in front of him. The MC gave us a five minutes to go warning and it was time to grit my teeth and dig. With two minutes to go, I managed to pick a faster line than the Yogi guy through the top corner, and went through on the inside. I went hard down the back straight, but I could see his shadow behind me and I knew he was close. I managed to close on the South Hams guy through the bottom corner, levelled with him, only to see him pull away down the home straight as the last lap was called. Into the top bend I managed to grab another good line up the inside and the South Hams guy was really unlucky as there was a rider down on the outside and he had to yank on the brakes. Pushing hard all the way to the line I had no idea where I'd placed, but it turns out I was 9th, due to mechanicals and people retiring. I was through to the final!

Ultimately, after getting my breath back (I set a new PB heartrate of 190, a whole 4bpm faster than ever before!) and having a bit of a rest, my shoulder really started to give me grief. Moving it was painful and riding was vaguely hellish. Ultimately, despite wanting to carry on, I decided to bin it and retire from the final in time to give the organisers time to get another rider in. Disappointed not to finish, but ultimately pleased with how I managed to do.
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Postby greeny12 » Mon May 21, 2012 20:56 pm

I haven't put a report up for a while, but here's a link to my latest, which is more a paean to Mr Sean Yates than anything.

http://cyclingapprentice.com/2012/05/21 ... of-giants/

One or two others further down the pages too...
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby CakeLovinBeast » Tue May 22, 2012 14:46 pm

East Devon Circuit Series - Race 1

The subtext to the title could well read, "A Lesson in Humility"...

Because I'm lacking in race fitness and because I enjoyed myself at the Shred Classic recently, I decided that an outing to Dunkeswell for some more crit racing would be just the job. It's a Go-Race series, so no points on offer, but I translated that to mean that I was in with a chance of a decent result. You know what they say about pride though...

We gathered on the line for the briefing, including a fairly strong warning against crossing lines through the corners, with a reminder that this might be some people's first race. We were set off for our race with the ladies (both of them!). It was my intention to ride hard from the start and coming through the first 180 degree bend out of the home straight I found myself 3rd or 4th wheel. I looked back and saw I had maybe 10 metres over the next rider behind, but also noticed that gaps were already opening in front.

Note to self #1: You go off too fast. EVERY time. Why not try pacing yourself for once?

I maintained position through a series of switchback corners, through the looping 180 back onto the home straight and then the young whippet at the front decided to drop the pace a bit. A bit of a bigger bunch came together and formed. Full of thoughts of glory (and lacking any sensible thoughts at all), I pushed up the outside and stole another place, into bend 1, hold a nice line, sprint out (well, what passes for a sprint in my tanker-like world anyway) and away we go again. This pattern maintains itself for maybe the first 3 or 4 laps. Ultimately my breathing, along with my heartrate, tell me that the effort I'm making is unsustainable and I start to drop out of the front group.

Note to self #2: When dropped, stop thrashing yourself solo, sit up and wait for a group.

I pummelled myself along in no-mans land for another lap or two, neither gaining on the front group, whilst the next group behind slowly reeled me in. I'd make up time by being able to pick any line I wanted through the corners, they pulled me back on the straights as I had no legs for sprinting out of the corners. Ultimately I was caught, and then passed, by the group of 4 or 5 behind me. I stuck myself on the back and clung on. My solo effort had drained me (not that I had much to begin with!) and I could feel myself slipping backwards still. Riders in front meant that I wasn't carrying as much speed through the corners; my sapped legs meant that accelerating out of them was becoming more difficult. A gap began to open, and I was on the wrong side of it - I was by myself again. I gritted my teeth and clung on, had a stern word with myself and clawed back the distance to the group, sitting on the back whilst I tried to muster some, ANY, energy. I held position for a while whilst also trying to decide what to do next.

One of the ladies went over on one of the corners and I had a good enough line to avoid the resulting slow-down with a couple of others, and we formed our own mini group, but before long we were caught by another couple. I wasn't riding brilliantly, but I felt OK and felt that my cornering was good. We settled into a rhythm with me stealing a place or two on the corners, but then lacking the pace/strength to maintain it down the straights. We kept leapfrogging each other in that way for most of the rest of the race, until the commissaire announced two laps to go. I stepped up the pace some, and found myself having to fight harder for a decent line into the corners. I kept moving up and coming into the final bend of the penultimate lap I was at the front of our little group. I had a bit of space behind, then carried too much speed into the last corner, and the back end of my bike slid away from me, accompanied by a nasty metallic sounding pinging. At first I thought I'd blown out or rolled my tyre off the rim, but a check showed that there was nothing obvious wrong. I stayed upright but whilst all of this had taken place I'd dropped maybe 5 or 6 places and my confidence had taken a knock. I had to sprint to rejoin the group, but found myself taking the corners more slowly in the final lap. I managed to overtake just one of the group before crossing the line, happy, yet disappointed with the ending.

Lessons have been learned... I'm making progress, albeit slowly. I feel like I'm OK in the bunch, but I'm lacking that bit of top end speed/power where it matters. I'm certainly more confident in my handling skills and also with my movement in the bunch now, but I really need to look at my pacing to see if I can hold back wherever possible to make sure that I don't empty myself from the start.
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby okgo » Tue May 22, 2012 14:50 pm

I did one of my most recent race last week which was enough to push me up a category, which was nice!

Got back to back races now for the coming weeks, looking forward to it.
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby robert-sb » Wed May 23, 2012 14:15 pm

CakeLovinBeast wrote:East Devon Circuit Series - Race 1

The subtext to the title could well read, "A Lesson in Humility"...



It seems we were in the same race CLB !

I am part of a junior cycling club (as a parent) and we had a number of our youngsters up there for the youth races but having attended a BC coaching series there last year had always intended taking part in this series. My only other race since the course was Sept last year at Ilton where I was brought down so this was my first race this year. I was on my old Bianchi which is basically my commuter bike less lights and mudguards but carrying plenty of crap still from the winter roads.

As CLB says the young whippet leads us out for the first lap when I was in the bunch that caught him as they slowed up. For the next 8 or 9 laps it was a case of keeping up near the front of our bunch as the MDCC lad had ridden off and I think a couple of others were a little way behind him. One of the ladies made a move off the first turn and, thinking she looked to have good speed, I went with her. She misjudged the 4th turn and slid off with me right behind. I thought I was going to go over her or her bike but, luckily just as I was there her clips came out of the bike and I went through the middle. I managed to carry on without much delay but found myself in no mans land - too far from the group in front to make a serious break for it and too far from the group behind to wait for them to come through. After about a lap and a half the group caught me so I just about managed to get on the back again. This pretty much stayed as it was until the last lap.

Having practised on this course last year I was confident I was at least as quick if not quicker than most on the corners so as we exited turn 1 I put into plan a preplanned attack and executed the Jens Voight theory - I have no chance against these guys in a sprint and a 10% chance in an attack so, as 10% is better than 0%, go for it. I got past all but one as we came out of turn 3 and passed the last one just before turn 4. I then went hell for leather through the next 4 corners until I was in the back straight where I went as hard as I could. When I had the strength to look around there was a much bigger gap than I had expected. I kept going but was tying up. Next time I looked the gap was getting smaller so just dug in and fortunately managed to hold off the chasers. (Pic here http://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclingmrso/7250460370/sizes/o/in/set-72157629850230456/)

I'm not sure whether I was 4th or 5th but for a first race this year on a commuter bike was quite 'stoked' with that !

See you in 3 weeks CLB !

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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby CakeLovinBeast » Wed May 23, 2012 14:35 pm

Robert,

Race results are up on the Dynamo website now, but quite well hidden. CLICKY. Depending on if you're Robert or Rob, you came in either 2nd or 5th. I was quite pleased to see that I've come in mid-pack - in 8th, though it seems that they've not included any of the youth riders who joined in on dispensation!

The MDCC whippet at the front is one of the Bayliss brothers, who are actually pretty good. One, if not both, are GB talent pool riders I believe. ;)
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Re: The Race Reports Thread 2012

Postby robert-sb » Wed May 23, 2012 14:55 pm

Thanks CLB - 2nd it is then ! I know of the Bayliss brothers and wasn't beating myself up about having finished behind a 16yo ! Honest !


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