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03-09-23, 08:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,332
Posted By topflightpro

There is a big difference between riding and...

There is a big difference between riding and racing.

Riding can be fun.

Racing requires dedicated and focused effort. It is amazing how much work it takes to be a mediocre racers. And the...
02-25-23, 01:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,250
Posted By TMonk

Valley of the Sun Stage Race report, Men’s 35+...

Valley of the Sun Stage Race report, Men’s 35+ field, 3/33 overall GC

3/17 – 3/19/2023
...
01-12-23, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,369
Posted By topflightpro

They are not set as far in advance as you might...

They are not set as far in advance as you might think. Last year, I think we got 10 weeks notice for Masters Track Nationals in Indy. It was the week before (after?) a family wedding, so I really...
03-28-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 17,819
Views: 1,461,646
Posted By brian44

If anyone else here raced the Hincapie P1/2/3...

If anyone else here raced the Hincapie P1/2/3 crit in Rock Hill, SC this past Saturday...I'm starting a support group for the emotional damage that it most likely caused for the majority of the group.
03-27-22, 03:12 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,384
Posted By Yep

After the RR last week where I blew up a new (to...

After the RR last week where I blew up a new (to me) rear wheel in a big crash that ultimately black flagged the whole race, I got another start yesterday in a crit. This one was on a purpose built...
03-20-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,384
Posted By Yep

Ugh. First race of the season yesterday was a 3/4...

Ugh. First race of the season yesterday was a 3/4 RR. There was a huge crash maybe 6 minutes in and the race was cancelled when they had to bring an ambulance in (course is a circuit). I had a brand...
03-08-22, 11:35 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,384
Posted By TMonk

daaamn sorry to hear that. hoping for a speedy...

daaamn sorry to hear that. hoping for a speedy recovery UmneyDurak.

Also great update mattm. Glad to see success in your racing and your mentoring.
03-08-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,384
Posted By UmneyDurak

Flew out to Tuscon for that stage race. I now...

Flew out to Tuscon for that stage race. I now have a broken collarbone. :/ Last race, with less than 1km to go in top ten single file, guy in front of me gets taken out by, his words "Junior looking...
03-05-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By bampilot06

Didnt stay home, nor did I get dropped, nor did I...

Didnt stay home, nor did I get dropped, nor did I crash. Finished 20 out of 87. Officially hooked.
03-04-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By Flatballer

Don't forget something about gauds. It's sad that...

Don't forget something about gauds. It's sad that we're all getting these 10 year old references.
02-28-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By topflightpro

Nope. I learned to stay out of those arguments a...

Nope. I learned to stay out of those arguments a long time ago.
01-09-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,384
Posted By wktmeow

Same TT as TMonk - Merckx category. Venge, evade...

Same TT as TMonk - Merckx category. Venge, evade helmet, latex tubes, gp5k 25mm, velotoze shoe covers and eliel road suit. I did not break 25 mph, 24.6 at ~260w, unofficially just under 30 mins for...
01-09-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,384
Posted By TMonk

2022 race stories thread

Looks like I'm first "to the punch" here. Must be the SoCal weather.

1/9/21 Fiesta Island time trial series (FITT), 20k men's P/1/2/3, 2nd place out of 2 starters in this category. I rode 27:54...
12-23-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,200
Posted By Doge

Expect TSA to open the case. Don't pack in a way...

Expect TSA to open the case. Don't pack in a way an expert is needed to repack.

Don't lock the case.

Remove RD - always (you said that)

Use zip ties and rage for loose stuff

Leave bolts...
11-09-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By himespau

To have that sprint for the win (was that like a...

To have that sprint for the win (was that like a minute sprint?) and then still have the wind to scream? Wow.
11-09-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By carpediemracing

Ha love the scream at the line! So awesome.

Ha love the scream at the line! So awesome.
10-23-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By henrycroll

I did my first Cat 5 race at the end of the...

I did my first Cat 5 race at the end of the season this year (last local crit). I won, so I would say it went well. But the bigger story was my buddy, who forgot his shoes and managed to finish with...
10-04-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By wktmeow

That sucks, that was a big oopsie by the Facebook...

That sucks, that was a big oopsie by the Facebook ops folks. Funny enough I'm planning to interview for their production engineering team in a couple months.

Your post reminds me that I need to...
09-27-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By big john

I tried the cigarettes and booze thing, I don't...

I tried the cigarettes and booze thing, I don't recommend it. I have 1.5 years to catch up to my father. Already outlived one of my brothers, my uncle, and my grandfather.
09-21-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By rivers

I had my first ever crit race over the weekend...

I had my first ever crit race over the weekend (thank you to those who commented on my tips thread), and it went pretty well all things considered. It was a small field (20 riders), so was an...
09-20-21, 03:03 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By ntnyln

I did my first mass start race in 2 years...

I did my first mass start race in 2 years yesterday. Considering I really haven't even done any group rides in that time (maybe 3 times with 3 or 4 guys) either the race went about as well as you...
09-05-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By topflightpro

I mean, you were bigger than I expected when I...

I mean, you were bigger than I expected when I met you.
09-03-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By cmh

A friend once told me that the key to happiness...

A friend once told me that the key to happiness in life is to minimize the number of internal combustion engines that you own. This friend owned something like 12 engines ranging from a weed whacker...
08-31-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By big john

So we didn't go. My friend and her husband aren't...

So we didn't go. My friend and her husband aren't vaxxed yet but they will be soon. Plus, Mrs John isn't comfortable going to a restaurant yet.
08-30-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By Flatballer

Got my 2nd shot. Feel more like **** than usual,...

Got my 2nd shot. Feel more like **** than usual, just 8 hours later already.
08-26-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By big john

A friend who I rode with for years moved away and...

A friend who I rode with for years moved away and got remarried. I haven't seen her in a year and a half. She e-mailed to ask me and Mrs John out to dinner next Monday. Mrs John already said she...
08-17-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By gsteinb

I've committed to quitting the sport before going...

I've committed to quitting the sport before going into any major upgrades
08-12-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9,313
Views: 3,876,610
Posted By Pacelineg

I never mastered the poker face. First place...

I never mastered the poker face. First place finish on this day.........many years ago.
...
06-06-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By furiousferret

Copperopolis Road Race My plan was tear...

Copperopolis Road Race

My plan was tear apart the field because really I thought that was the only chance I had. The hill was probably too small for me to do that, and 2 of us worked hard but it...
06-03-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By cmh

I won my first race of the season! It was a...

I won my first race of the season! It was a short circuit race, 50+, 5 laps 1.3 miles each with a 136' hill and the start/finish line half way up. ~20 starters. 1 team had 3 strong riders and they...
05-31-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By furiousferret

I was probably the worst rated cyclist in the US...

I was probably the worst rated cyclist in the US in 2014, 2015 and that's not an exaggeration. I was outrageously bad for a few years. Probably the only reason I am still doing to is for some...
05-31-21, 03:17 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By Yep

I started a cat 3/4 crit last week (40 minutes,...

I started a cat 3/4 crit last week (40 minutes, cool dedicated closed circuit) and made 4 laps (!).

Basically we had a grid start and I was at the back. A couple of folks ahead of me couldn't clip...
05-23-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By burnthesheep

Win! Can't find a good side pic yet of...

Win!

Can't find a good side pic yet of riding on course, but had a good regional TT champ day. I won 4/5 and time was good for 8th fastest overall. A couple masters and a couple 1/2 guys really...
05-17-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By wktmeow

Raced CBR after Thursday's second Pfizer dose. ...

Raced CBR after Thursday's second Pfizer dose. It was fast and (for me) difficult, but I don't think I raced it super well. Not sure if cobwebs or vaccine is to blame, I pretty much just played...
04-27-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By topflightpro

Nice job T-Monk. I highlighted the part...

Nice job T-Monk.

I highlighted the part that really spoke to me. There have been many times in my racing career where I did not push hard enough at the right time because I didn't think I...
04-27-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 37,500
Posted By TMonk

2021 race stories

Figured I'd start this thread again, only this time three months later than last year (for obvious reasons). I know that waterrockets and some others (?) have already posted race results elsewhere.
...
02-19-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,206
Posted By burnthesheep

If folks like Canyon still have issues with aero...

If folks like Canyon still have issues with aero seat masts and design/wear issues with a brand new 2020/2021 bike like TODAY, how in the world are they going to add all that into an aero seat mast...
02-13-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 97,550
Posted By furiousferret

I see Ygduf on Strava and think, 'I should check...

I see Ygduf on Strava and think, 'I should check up and see how he's doing and never do...'. Hopefully he's taking care of his kid, mattm. Also the twins.
02-10-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 363
Views: 97,550
Posted By TMonk

Well, it depends on your racing category and...

Well, it depends on your racing category and size. At cat 4/5, I don't think many are capable of that regardless of size. At cat 1/2, I'd bet that many are.

I'm cat 2, 65 kg/145 lbs and have been...
01-27-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By Hermes

Vaccinated

Vaccinated
01-26-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7,120
Views: 640,965
Posted By topflightpro

We got a dog! We had to put our dog down...

We got a dog!

We had to put our dog down about a year and a half ago. And now we are fostering a new dog. She's a 2-year-old mutt. She looks like a Boxer/Boston Terrier mix. It's fun having a dog...
01-25-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 17,126
Posted By TMonk

what mattm said. We were getting along just fine...

what mattm said. We were getting along just fine without them. I routinely put in 5-6 hour rides with a 20+ degree temperature differential and I manage to carry enough food. The pockets are stuffed...
01-25-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17,819
Views: 1,461,646
Posted By cmh

Weight is slowly moving in the right direction at...

Weight is slowly moving in the right direction at 1-2 lbs per month. I don't ever seem to lose weight any faster than that, and maybe that is OK. I'm just a few lbs over what I believe is my best...
01-25-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 17,819
Views: 1,461,646
Posted By rubiksoval

Yeah! 6 MJs! Solid.

Yeah! 6 MJs! Solid.
01-24-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 17,819
Views: 1,461,646
Posted By TheKillerPenguin

Honestly, from strava stalking most of the "z2"...

Honestly, from strava stalking most of the "z2" rides I see pros do are really mellow. It has changed how I approach most of my z2 days. If you can get 90-95% of the benefits with next to no fatigue,...
01-24-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 17,126
Posted By rubiksoval

I know two Rally pros, one junior, one U-23, and...

I know two Rally pros, one junior, one U-23, and one 45+ dude that has these types of bags.

And no one else.

What do they keep in there?

Seems like something straight out of high school.
11-17-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,563
Posted By furiousferret

About a third of our population is not...

About a third of our population is not responsible enough for social media.... I have been on a gamer forum for 20 years and after that game died its turned into a racist, anti semitic, conspiracy...
11-04-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,468
Posted By gsteinb

I have no idea who this is or what it's about. Is...

I have no idea who this is or what it's about. Is it the Qanon replacement?
11-03-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,468
Posted By TMonk

I'm a hater. I hope this means that they won't...

I'm a hater. I hope this means that they won't bully the criterium scene in socal so much. Every race is basically a Legion TTT before the inevitable Justin or Cory sprint. I mean, it's cool to be a...
11-02-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,468
Posted By Hapsmo911

L39ion goes continental

Good news on this typical monday for me. Hope they can secure and maintain sponsorship..
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