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Early Bird Criterium #1 - CycleCriterium

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Freemont, California
United States
Velo Promo
58F / 14C
Total Time = 45m
Overall Rank = 32/99
Age Group = 30-44
Age Group Rank = 32/99
Pre-race routine:

Drove to fremont in less than two hours, parked and registered.
Event warmup:

Just over 35 min of easy pedaling.
  • 45m
  • 18.5 miles
  • 24.67 mile/hr

My race was split into two 45+ riders because of the overwhelming turnout, I was in the second group and after about fifteen minutes managed to move into the first group, I was riding with a group of fifteen or 20 riders and we were working twards the front after each turn.
With 5 or six laps to finish I got bumped to the outside, solo into the wind I sprinted twards the front to find a gap,with no luck I just pushed my way in,I really burned myself out as the pace picked up and I now found myself struggling. The last lap everyone sprinted and I had nothing left!I finished ok but man things changed fast, the whole race I was picking off positions only to get spit out with five to go! Last lap speed was 30.65 mph into the wind.

What would you do differently?:

Hold position, ride with teamates.
Post race
Warm down:

Easy pedaling around course for 20 min.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Power management,position,experience.

Event comments:

This is the first of a five part series, I hope to do all. Very well organized. Gotta love the $15 entry, I can do a ton of these compared to the cost of one Triathlon. It sure is a change of pace from doing tris, not as much focused training and not as exhausted post race.

Last updated: 2009-09-16 12:00 AM
00:45:00 | 18.5 miles | 24.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/99
Overall: 0/99
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: 2.2k loop, rough pavement with four 90 degree turns
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-01-04 7:45 AM

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Modesto, California
Subject: Early Bird Criterium #1

2010-01-06 8:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Early Bird Criterium #1
and 32/99.  That is officially FOP!

Sounds like fun.  We have so many of those down here, I don't know why I haven't tried one yet.
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