My second cat 4 race - another video for you guys to watch.

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  1. collin2985

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    Getting chased by a junior
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  2. danfoz

    danfoz Well-Known Member

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    There is an urban legend that Greg Lemond, racing as a junior, broke away from his field and caught the senior men, then rode away from them to win his race. True or not, it's one of those things knowing the rider he became, I am inclined to believe.
     
  3. Colnago62

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    I saw Lance do that on tv. I was watching the Hotter Than Hell bike race and some dude named Lance Army Armstrong bridged up to the 1/2/Pro from the 3 group. At that time, he was a triathlete.
     
  4. danfoz

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    I wouldn't doubt it. I did laps with a fella one day in my local park who apparently grew up with LA in Texas that went to high school with him and the story he relayed to me was that the lancer would ride off after school each day sometimes far enough from home that apparently his mum would have to drive out to come pick him up... easily believable with the mileage that is required to become a Tour champ. Too bad he was such a douche.
     
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    Roadbike Action..........[​IMG]
     
  7. collin2985

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    Summary
    5:21 I do one of my few pulls on this ride.
    25:55 There's a crash caused by a rider overlapping (he's okay but he's kind of known for crashing so lets hope he learns something this.)
    30:12 We do a 2 minute climb where the field is also split and this is a drop ride so it's a big deal to hang on which I just barely manage to do. You can see my heart rate red lining in the upper right.

    49:19 We hit the second 2 minute climb of the ride and I end up in no man's land between the leaders and a few riders behind.
    1:03:35 I'm tired so I decide to lead out for the main stop sign sprint. A few riders attacked early and took it but the rest were content to follow me until we got close.
    1:27:22 A rider attacks right before I turn off for home so I chase him down and get followed by a huge bald guy wearing street clothes with no helmet who joined on at the last minute.
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  8. CAMPYBOB

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    The crash happened while heavily braking for for a stop sign everyone was...running. Over lapped wheels or not, that was bound to happen with that type of riding. Yelling "CLEAR!" or "STOP!" won't prevent crashes as it's every man for himself and eyes are focused on cross and approaching traffic...not wheels.

    Only ONE rider actually stopped and pulled over after the fall?

    Man, a fall like that one, into oncoming traffic, could be fatal on the roads you guys are training on. Narrow and with a high traffic count.

    Nice 188 max. heart rate! I can hit 187 with my antique heart and hold 180-184, but you were rocking 185-187 like you're in very good form. Keep at it an watch out for those cars!

    "Huge Bald Guy"...I love it! HBG will be my next label for the fred that busts his ass to catch me! Actually, the local HBG is a skinny, helmetless guy that's a bit odd (doesn't say a word or even wave to other cyclists) that pounds a huge gear at very low RPM's and wears a wife beater on the hottest summer rides! So...maybe HGGWWB?
     
  9. collin2985

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    Yeah, I can't deny that this ride is reckless. I think the guy who went down hit a rider turning left who wasn't part of our group. You can see him zooming away off to the left. He yelled something as we passed.

    I think I routinely have trouble on that first climb because I've been unwilling to just unleash a full sprint at the beginning like everyone else. I know that the climb lasts longer than 30 seconds so I try to save a little something but then I end up trying to accelerate as it steepens which takes more work then just working hard at first and using my momentum to get over the steep part.
     
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    "I think the guy who went down hit a rider turning left who wasn't part of our group."

    That would be completely stoopid on the part of the rider trying to go left through the group.

    "You can see him zooming away off to the left. He yelled something as we passed."

    I missed that. I will have to review the video again. I hope the guy that went down is OK. He appears later in the ride so hopefully he and his bike are not damaged. I'm surprised the local cops aren't targeting your ride due to motorist complaints.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm not lecturing...that's pointless. Besides, I did the same thing for years and years! Frankly, I count myself lucky to be alive and (relatively) intact after 43 years of road training. Slowing and stopping while doing speed work definitely sucks, but I would have a group discussion about the blowing of some of those signs before someone gets a free flying lesson courtesy of the hood/grill of a Ford F-150.

    Climbing is all about tempo, managing the red zone and timing of your effort. You seem to be handling the vertical well. Stay safe and keep up the good work with the videos.
     
  11. collin2985

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    I agree with you Bob. I was apprehensive about doing this ride when I first started because of the stop signs. I guess I've gotten used to it.

    Here's some solo riding

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  12. collin2985

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    Goon Ride Lite which is supposed to be when the older guys go out and take it easy but that didn't happen this time. Let me know what you think about the rearview mirror style.
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  13. CAMPYBOB

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    No worries. I did the same shit, like I said. Rolling some signs can be safely accomplished and others...not so much.

    Ah! the memories of city riding! The potholes!...getting pinched!...car doors flying open!...the smell of exhaust fumes! Admit it...you hit the bike path to check out the afternoon poon scene! And your bike path is very busy compared to the ones up here.

    Excellent video! Thanks for posting that one.
     
  14. bobbyl1966

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    Hello how are you. What size crank and casste you have in this race. Wich size crank is better. 50/34 52-42 or 53-39. What you think about my bike and how i make my bike better. I have crank 53/39 9 speeds cassete which size cassete is good or crank size for flat bike trail and hilly bike trail with elevation from 900 feet to 700 feet
     
  15. collin2985

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    Sorry Bobby, one of the many secrets I keep about myself is that I don't know anything about components. I have a 53/39 10 speed, I'm not sure about the cassette.
     
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    that is my bike[​IMG]
    Thank you very much for your answer. Is okay you keep your secrets. I not try do race i am 47 years old just i like to try ride the faster i can. i try build good i try do century and if i cant do that i want know is me and notthink wrong with the gears i have selct wrong gears and crank size. Today happens i see for sale in local store one steel bianchi is needed work price $100 but now i do recearch online that model is be in the lower end i not know if is worth i buy that bike. Is was heavy too maybe more than 25 pounds. Do you know anythink about bikes direct i wonder if that bikes worth to buy
     
  17. collin2985

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    Bobby, my only advice is that you get what you for.

    Lotta cyclists out yesterday.
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  18. CAMPYBOB

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    I agree...whole lotta riders out for such a damp day.
     
  19. CAMPYBOB

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    SRAM Double Tap.
     
  20. swampy1970

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    Many stages of the Giro d'Italia have been won on aluminum Cannondale frames like yours, so you'll be able to do a good century ride on your current bike. The only question regarding the gearing is - is your current gear too big on the steeper hills in your area? If it's not too big then you'll be fine - just stick with what you have. If you find yourself grinding away at low rpms then it's time to either change the cassette in the rear or the crank and chainrings up front...
     
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