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Race day

Postby tuco » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:36 pm

Well the day didn't start well.

We were going to ride to the race (10km)
I had a flat tyre. A quick assessment of whether to spend 10 minutes replacing the tube or 10 minutes getting the bikes on the bike rack (in the dark) and driving there had to be made.
I decided on the repair. At least that way we'd get a good warm up riding there a little bit faster to make up lost time.

We arrived a little after registration time and soon discovered it was a new circuit and we were riding anticlockwise. Megan was unimpressed considering she had never ridden a criterium and we'd been practising right hand turns all week. She saw someone fall in practise so was more than a little worried about her first race.

We did a couple of laps then my wife turned up not knowing how to get to the new circuit so I rode over to meet her near the turn off. I got to the far side of the circuit and I saw she had made it to the track so I went to turn off the race track. I was heading east and the sun was very low in the sky, blindingly low as it turned out. I decided to ride between the barriers, problem is there was no 'between'. Of the three panels the end two had the black and yellow stripes facing me and the middle one had them facing away from me so that combined with the low sun meant someone didn't see the centre barrier until it was too late.

I hit the anchors and turned and hit the barrier at a 45 degree angle and knocked all three over, 6 metres of metal barriers all knocked over. It was almost comical the way they fell in slow motion. I remained upright and on the bike. Of course my wife thought it was funny.

No casualties to the bike and I came out of it with a cut and swollen finger and a bruised shin. Most of the impact was with the handle bars and my finger was between the handle bars and the barrier.

That's right there was a race on.

This is getting a little long so I'll get to the point, I got 4th after dropping off the back of the lead pack. I could see even after 12 minutes of the 20 minute race that I had 4th sown up so I was happy to drop off.
Not that I gave it, I was still going hard and did manage to lap one rider.

Megan, my daughter, had even more success. She won.
Before the race the boys were being boys telling each other how they were going to win because they've been training for this race. Megan then destroyed their little worlds and beat them and after their crashing defeat, by a girl, they made every excuse they could think of for not winning.

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Postby LuckyPierre » Mon Mar 05, 2007 4:48 pm

Life would be dull and boring without Nature's little interventions, wouldn't it.
Well done! And 'double well done' to your daughter.

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Postby gururug » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:05 pm

Onya Tucs (& CO), I am going to have to try a race one of these days (maybe when I can average 30kms/h+)

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Postby tuco » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:11 pm

A couple of snaps taken by my wife. Next time she'll have to get the sun behind her.
The shadows show how low the sun was in the sky. It was about 6:30am

Me looking stationary. Needs some motion blur added.
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Megan leading the juniors with D grade coming up in the background
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Megan still leading the pack
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All D grade
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That's me somewhere in the glare. That's the nasty sun which made me hit the barrier
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Postby MichaelB » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:19 pm

Well done all round (including the barrier).

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Postby gururug » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:19 pm

You could also get a fraction closer and use fill flash (turn the flash on), the trick is to do the metering when the sun is out of frame (press the button hal'f way down with the sun out of frame, move back and fully depress for photo).

Nice pics anyhows

:wink:

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Postby europa » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:22 pm

Still reckon his bike's hot pink :shock:

Richard

(well done, even the barrier :roll: )

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Postby tuco » Mon Mar 05, 2007 5:23 pm

gururug wrote:You could also get a fraction closer and use fill flash (turn the flash on), the trick is to do the metering when the sun is out of frame (press the button hal'f way down with the sun out of frame, move back and fully depress for photo).

Nice pics anyhows

:wink:


It was an el cheapo digital camera.

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Postby Mulger bill » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:53 pm

Goodonya Tuco and Megan, great effort :D

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Postby seddo » Tue Mar 06, 2007 8:35 am

Congrats to both - this is what it's all about(for me anyways) the family having a go :D

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Postby mikesbytes » Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:02 am

Great goiing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Nice Pics.

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Re: Race day

Postby giant1 » Wed Mar 07, 2007 8:22 pm

tuco wrote:Well the day didn't start well.

We were going to ride to the race (10km)
I had a flat tyre. A quick assessment of whether to spend 10 minutes replacing the tube or 10 minutes getting the bikes on the bike rack (in the dark) and driving there had to be made.
I decided on the repair. At least that way we'd get a good warm up riding there a little bit faster to make up lost time.

We arrived a little after registration time and soon discovered it was a new circuit and we were riding anticlockwise. Megan was unimpressed considering she had never ridden a criterium and we'd been practising right hand turns all week. She saw someone fall in practise so was more than a little worried about her first race.

We did a couple of laps then my wife turned up not knowing how to get to the new circuit so I rode over to meet her near the turn off. I got to the far side of the circuit and I saw she had made it to the track so I went to turn off the race track. I was heading east and the sun was very low in the sky, blindingly low as it turned out. I decided to ride between the barriers, problem is there was no 'between'. Of the three panels the end two had the black and yellow stripes facing me and the middle one had them facing away from me so that combined with the low sun meant someone didn't see the centre barrier until it was too late.

I hit the anchors and turned and hit the barrier at a 45 degree angle and knocked all three over, 6 metres of metal barriers all knocked over. It was almost comical the way they fell in slow motion. I remained upright and on the bike. Of course my wife thought it was funny.

No casualties to the bike and I came out of it with a cut and swollen finger and a bruised shin. Most of the impact was with the handle bars and my finger was between the handle bars and the barrier.

That's right there was a race on.

This is getting a little long so I'll get to the point, I got 4th after dropping off the back of the lead pack. I could see even after 12 minutes of the 20 minute race that I had 4th sown up so I was happy to drop off.
Not that I gave it, I was still going hard and did manage to lap one rider.

Megan, my daughter, had even more success. She won.
Before the race the boys were being boys telling each other how they were going to win because they've been training for this race. Megan then destroyed their little worlds and beat them and after their crashing defeat, by a girl, they made every excuse they could think of for not winning.


Well done after all the misshaps.

Where do you race?

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Postby TriggerFish » Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:22 pm

Great stuff! Good on Megan too! I hope she takes a lot of confidence out of the win. I bet you and the trouble and strife could not have been prouder.

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Postby tuco » Wed Mar 07, 2007 11:28 pm

giant1 wrote:Well done after all the misshaps.

Where do you race?


I was going to be smart and say the middle of the pack but I can't be bothered. I've been helping daughter number 1 with her sin, cos and tan.
I've got an electronics background (real technical officer electronics, not the (computer) circuit board swapping monkeys who call themselves 'technicians'. ) so that's basic stuff.
I race in Townsville.

TriggerFish wrote:Great stuff! Good on Megan too! I hope she takes a lot of confidence out of the win. I bet you and the trouble and strife could not have been prouder.


Megan's bit of a legend in these parts. One day in about year 2 she said she wanted to run in the school cross country race and told us she'll come 2nd. She did then won every year after that in primary school. The sneaky girl would size up the opposition at training and not run flat out to the point where she let others beat her at training then she'd let rip on race day.
She been as high as 6th in the Townsville cross country, represented north Queensland at soccer, played basketball, touch and done athletics and now she's turned her skills to cycling.
I pity the other junior cyclists. She inherited my sporting abilities and determination.
After winning the race last Sunday she went and played soccer, kicked three goals and the team won 11-1. Last year her team scored 100 goals in the season.

Anyway that's probably too much pride being shown.

It won't be long before she's beating me and I'll have to change sports. :evil:
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Postby giant1 » Thu Mar 08, 2007 7:59 am

tuco wrote:
giant1 wrote:Well done after all the misshaps.

Where do you race?


I was going to be smart and say the middle of the pack but I can't be bothered. I've been helping daughter number 1 with her sin, cos and tan.
I've got an electronics background (real technical officer electronics, not the (computer) circuit board swapping monkeys who call themselves 'technicians'. ) so that's basic stuff.
I race in Townsville.

TriggerFish wrote:Great stuff! Good on Megan too! I hope she takes a lot of confidence out of the win. I bet you and the trouble and strife could not have been prouder.


Wow

She's impressive. Keep up the good work.

Megan's bit of a legend in these parts. One day in about year 2 she said she wanted to run in the school cross country race and told us she'll come 2nd. She did then won every year after that in primary school. The sneaky girl would size up the opposition at training and not run flat out to the point where she let others beat her at training then she'd let rip on race day.
She been as high as 6th in the Townsville cross country, represented north Queensland at soccer, played basketball, touch and done athletics and now she's turned her skills to cycling.
I pity the other junior cyclists. She inherited my sporting abilities and determination.
After winning the race last Sunday she went and played soccer, kicked three goals and the team won 11-1. Last year her team scored 100 goals in the season.

Anyway that's probably too much pride being shown.

It won't be long before she's beating me and I'll have to change sports. :evil:
Is it too early for lawn bowls?

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Postby MichaelB » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:08 am

tuco wrote:
Anyway that's probably too much pride being shown.



Never be ashamed of promoting talent - never have too much pride as long as there is humility as well.

I'd be as proud as bloody punch. I am a proud father and I look forward to seeing and promoting her skills when the time comes

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Postby TriggerFish » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:46 am

Never enough pride and interest shown in one's offspring! More power to you and yours for it I say.

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Postby tuco » Fri Mar 09, 2007 10:52 am

MichaelB wrote:
tuco wrote:
Anyway that's probably too much pride being shown.



Never be ashamed of promoting talent - never have too much pride as long as there is humility as well.

I'd be as proud as bloody punch. I am a proud father and I look forward to seeing and promoting her skills when the time comes

Cheers

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Don't worry, she knows it's only sport and not life and death.
She's been on the wrong end of many sound thrashings in basketball and soccer in her early years so knows what it's like winning and losing.

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Postby Halfanewb » Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:35 pm

tuco wrote:
I've got an electronics background (real technical officer electronics, not the (computer) circuit board swapping monkeys who call themselves 'technicians'. ).


:roll:

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Postby Mulger bill » Fri Mar 09, 2007 11:11 pm

tuco wrote:Anyway that's probably too much pride being shown.

It won't be long before she's beating me and I'll have to change sports. :evil:
Is it too early for lawn bowls?


Too much pride in your kids? Not from where I stand, not ever.

Imanewbie wrote:
tuco wrote:
I've got an electronics background (real technical officer electronics, not the (computer) circuit board swapping monkeys who call themselves 'technicians'. ).


:roll:


:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Postby tuco » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:40 am

Imanewbie wrote:
tuco wrote:
I've got an electronics background (real technical officer electronics, not the (computer) circuit board swapping monkeys who call themselves 'technicians'. ).




I'm surprised it took that long to get a comment.

Next race tomorrow.

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Postby europa » Sat Mar 10, 2007 9:53 pm

tuco wrote:
Imanewbie wrote:
tuco wrote:
I've got an electronics background (real technical officer electronics, not the (computer) circuit board swapping monkeys who call themselves 'technicians'. ).




I'm surprised it took that long to get a comment.

Next race tomorrow.


Mate, most of us still believe in the smoke theory :roll:
I understand that a meteor is going to hit your track tomorrow, just before the start of the first race :D

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Postby mikesbytes » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:48 pm

Isn't the council schedule to dig a dirty big hole in it tonight?

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Postby europa » Sat Mar 10, 2007 10:58 pm

Hey Mike, there's no need to be mean about this :wink:

Richard

but yeah, I heard that rumour too but didn't want to mention anything unlikely to happen :roll:

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Postby Mulger bill » Sun Mar 11, 2007 1:17 am

My magic weather 8ball says it'll only be 14 degrees, wonder how they'll go in duffel coats :?

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