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Bethel, Connecticut
United States
25F / -4C
Total Time = 33m
Overall Rank = 1/54
Age Group = Cat 5
Age Group Rank = 1/54
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My first Crit race! Was freezing and I slept through the alarm. Wore my full race gear in the car for the hour long drive. Registered, did the clinic warm-up laps and hung out with Ben (a 'teamate' and riding friend who was also doing his first crit).

This is a 0.8 mile loop for 15 laps with a quarter mile hill to finish the lap and the race which makes things interesting after you go around it enough.

We started conservative as a group. It was the first race of the year for the series and I don't think anyone wanted to lead the way. After one lap, for the sake of putting some work in and potentially warming up more and testing the field, I did a little tester on the hill and quickly created a gap on the field. I looked back hoping a couple of people would bridge but they didn't, so I tried to be smart and rather than try to solo off the front on lap 2 of the race, I sat back in a couple rows back. About half way through I did the same thing but it yielded the same result. On the last couple of laps things started heating up and one young gun got a little jumpy too early and dropped the hammer on the second to last lap but he didn't gap the field as Ben and I quickly grabbed his wheel. He towed us around a couple of minutes and exploded himself. There were a few guys in contention and when I felt it was time to go just before the hill, I jumped and held on. I edged out my buddy Ben who took 2nd. Great time overall. Definitely doing more of these.

Despite the slower start and easy effort on the middle laps, the NP was high.

From the race:
Power (watts): 227
NP (watts): 345
Cadence (rpm): 87
Heart Rate (bpm): 156
VI: 1.517
IF: 1.131
Work (kJ): 451
TSS: 70

The last 2 minutes I was at 467 watts and the last 30 seconds of that I was at 820 watts (not my best but for the circumstances it was good).
Post race
Warm down:

I had to catch a flight to Florida so I did a cooldown lap with Ben and then went straight to my car and took off. I wasn't able to stick around.

Last updated: 2014-03-13 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 12 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/54
Overall: 0/54
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2014-03-13 1:24 PM

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Guilford, CT
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2014-03-13 4:11 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Holy cow -- a 1.5+ VI is pure crazy-ness!!  So are 0.8 mile laps!

Looks like your hard work on the bike is paying off.  Great race!

2014-03-14 10:28 PM
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Overland Park, KS
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Nice work Jason, not bad for a 1st timer on the crit! Amazing how high NP can get in race conditions.
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