I approached the weekend given the weather forecast with complaints and talk of being risk averse. Lately I’ve been trying to make better decisions given responsibilities I have or whatever should be focused on rather than going around in circles at 30 mph in a down pour on one inch of rubber. After much noise, I decide to race with the Data boys and indulge in some early season racing; rain, responsibilities, or not.
Bicycles Plus E3 Winter Criterium – Saturday February 8th, 2014
After riding up to Trailhead Coffee with the boss-man Nate Dunn I changed into a dry kit at Blue Ravine ten minutes before the race. Soaked when the whistle blows minutes later, let’s see who wants to race in the rain. I think I calmly took about half a lap of getting blasted in the face by rooster tails before deciding I would attack…the conditions were possessing me but my legs were telling me to chill the F out. Must have been about three or four attempts to get away then Mr. Garrett Marking put in a savvy little dig just before the speed zone (quick tail wind section on the backside) and I zipped up to him and figured we could give it a go, why not, who cares if we are only ten minutes into the race? Read the rest of this entry »
- It’s being organized by the crew at Folsom Bike. From Tri-Night to the amazing Town Center criterium, these folks always throw great events.
- The course is on the same roads we train on, except instead of riding by our lonesome – we’ll have 500 friends along for the spin.
- Burying the lead here, but Big George Hincapie is going to be there too. If there’s ever a time to give a run at the KOM on Prospector, it’s probably when George is tapping out tempo on the front.
Maybe most importantly though – we’re all excited that we can sleep in and still make the start (unlike Levi’s big ride in October). If you want to sign up, go to gcfondo.com to get registered.
While many teams experience at least some turnover year to year, with riders always looking for greener grass in the form of a better lead-out, a great bike deal, or more race reimbursement…our team kept every one of our riders and added two more, all while offering comparably very little in the way of material benefits.
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The 2013 amateur cycling racing season in NorCal was a great experience and a fun time. At my advanced age I have the ability to reminisce on the “good ole days” when I could train all day and race. But this year was truly one of the more enjoyable seasons of racing I’ve had. The team started the season with several podium placings but no wins. The early season racing is interesting because the road races are not too difficult and with no real climbing. When I say “not too difficult” I don’t mean they are a breeze, I just mean that with the winter training I did and the flat course profile, I can get to the finish with the group feeling pretty good. To prove this point, usually the entire field is coming to the line for a massive sprint too showing further that the race likely wasn’t difficult enough. The criteriums are much the same as the road races where the routes are fast and quick and no hills to make the race break the riders down and split the fields (those races show up in mid summer). Therefore the early season racing lent itself to mass sprint finishes and not the lone break-away or climbing terrain our team thrives on (the “team” thrives on, not me). Read the rest of this entry »