Race Report Thread

RobertL
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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby RobertL » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:00 pm

I should mention too, that I hung around for the first part of the A Grade race. OMGosh!

There was a field of 60, with a couple of pros - Jay McCarthy of BORA Hansgrohe, and Nick something who was also described as a grand tour rider on the p.a. Together with a bunch of the local hitters they set off hard early. They must have been holding well over 50km/h.

By 10 minutes into the race, the field was strung out over about half a lap, and guys at the back were pulling out and parking. It was an absolute smashfest. I'm annoyed that I didn't have time to stay and watch all of it.
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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby adam0bmx0 » Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:15 pm

RobertL wrote:I should mention too, that I hung around for the first part of the A Grade race. OMGosh!

There was a field of 60, with a couple of pros - Jay McCarthy of BORA Hansgrohe, and Nick something who was also described as a grand tour rider on the p.a. Together with a bunch of the local hitters they set off hard early. They must have been holding well over 50km/h.

By 10 minutes into the race, the field was strung out over about half a lap, and guys at the back were pulling out and parking. It was an absolute smashfest. I'm annoyed that I didn't have time to stay and watch all of it.


Ha yea i was there to watch A-grade, avg speed was 49.6kph, the other World Tour rider was Nick Schultz.

I was racing in B2, which was a points race, i.e every lap was prime and points awarded for 1st and 2nd over the line. I came 2nd overall on 8 points, winner had 9 points. Was a tough race!

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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby Carriage » Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:46 pm

Last HCC Crit for they year today. D grade. Just under the temperature limit for cancelling the race. I felt i was doing better but I don't think I did as well comparatively based on my average speed. Still enjoying the challenge though.

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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby RobertL » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:09 am

adam0bmx0 wrote:
RobertL wrote:I should mention too, that I hung around for the first part of the A Grade race. OMGosh!

There was a field of 60, with a couple of pros - Jay McCarthy of BORA Hansgrohe, and Nick something who was also described as a grand tour rider on the p.a. Together with a bunch of the local hitters they set off hard early. They must have been holding well over 50km/h.

By 10 minutes into the race, the field was strung out over about half a lap, and guys at the back were pulling out and parking. It was an absolute smashfest. I'm annoyed that I didn't have time to stay and watch all of it.


Ha yea i was there to watch A-grade, avg speed was 49.6kph, the other World Tour rider was Nick Schultz.

I was racing in B2, which was a points race, i.e every lap was prime and points awarded for 1st and 2nd over the line. I came 2nd overall on 8 points, winner had 9 points. Was a tough race!


Was that you in 3rd place yesterday, Adam? In the Taylor Cycles kit?
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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby RobertL » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:18 am

Hamilton Wheelers Twilight Crit - 13/12/2017

C Grade

Stayed in the pack the whole way, and eventually finished mid-pack.

There was a crash on the back straight on the last lap. People jockeying for position through the esses, and everybody dodged to the right. That forced some riders off the track onto the grass - heading straight for the creek and treeline. A couple of the young women kept it upright and stopped but one older guy crashed and needed an ambulance. He may have broken his collarbone - I'm not sure. Someone said that he flipped over his handlebars, so it wasn't nice.
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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby adam0bmx0 » Thu Dec 14, 2017 1:20 pm

RobertL wrote:
adam0bmx0 wrote:
RobertL wrote:I should mention too, that I hung around for the first part of the A Grade race. OMGosh!

There was a field of 60, with a couple of pros - Jay McCarthy of BORA Hansgrohe, and Nick something who was also described as a grand tour rider on the p.a. Together with a bunch of the local hitters they set off hard early. They must have been holding well over 50km/h.

By 10 minutes into the race, the field was strung out over about half a lap, and guys at the back were pulling out and parking. It was an absolute smashfest. I'm annoyed that I didn't have time to stay and watch all of it.


Ha yea i was there to watch A-grade, avg speed was 49.6kph, the other World Tour rider was Nick Schultz.

I was racing in B2, which was a points race, i.e every lap was prime and points awarded for 1st and 2nd over the line. I came 2nd overall on 8 points, winner had 9 points. Was a tough race!


Was that you in 3rd place yesterday, Adam? In the Taylor Cycles kit?


It was indeed Rob. :)

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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby RobertL » Thu Dec 14, 2017 6:41 pm

It was indeed Rob. :)


Thought so. I saw you talking to Frenchie at the start.

I was the (ahem) heavier guy in a Lifecycle jersey, in case you were wondering.
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Re: Race Report Thread

Postby Arbuckle23 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Competed in my second ever race today (crit)
Having won my grade in my first race, I asked to go up for this one.
Was a bit unsure of the fitness as have been battling a cold all week and overall km was far lower than I would like it to have been.

Started off just sitting in for the first half, but it seemed the others were content to roll around. There were a couple of small surges, but I just watched what the others were doing and they never chased, neither did I.
Just after halfway I was feeling good and the pace seemed slow, so I thought I would push out some faster laps and see what the others would do. Chatting later it seemed, as an unknown, the others were a bit concerned and some went with me. None doing a turn though!
Led for 3 laps, then decided to button off to save energy. Again, found out later that if I had held for 1 more lap I may have been able to go away as the chasers were on their limits (and I wasn't :)). But as I was unsure how I would last, with having a cold and all, I backed off. Hindsight is a wonderful thing :).
As we wound up for the sprint, I left my acceleration late and missed out on a wheel.
The cold cost me some power I think, but tactically I still have a lot to learn. 4th place in grade still not bad.

I am enjoying the racing and as I get better tactically, I suspect I will have more fun
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