La vie de vélo

Adventures in cycling and life

Ventura Stage Race Day 2

First, a photo of Bob and I, looking particularly dejected, crossing the finish line in yesterdays crit. Thanks for the photos Steve:

Now Sunday’s race, the Circuit. 435 vertical, 5.8 miles X 5 laps. Nice early morning start at 7:10.

Chaos ensued right off the bat as the 2nd place guy and KOM leader took off and led the pack past the first turn .. there was no markings and no course marshall! Most of us turned around and got back on course but not the first two riders (who must’ve been ripping pissed – and rightfully so). And then we noticed that two jackasses lacking any sense of sportsmanship had taken the opportunity to make a break. They were a minute ahead of the field.

The climb was a killer. Bob and I made one attempt to stay away but it was futile. It was a race of attrition , not attacks. We slowly worked the group down to 7 or 8 guys, caught the two early breakers and hammered the final climb. I somehow managed to stick to within 10 wheels of the leaders at the KOM and then caught them on the descent. I had good position in the final straight and pulled off a 2nd place in the sprint. I think it was good for 4th 3rd overall in the GC.

Good times. Many lessons learned. To be successful in road racing I’m going to need to :

  • Learn how to stick to people’s wheel and not waste energy bridging little gaps.
  • Learn how to accelerate in the midst of a hard threshold effort then settle back into the threshold pace without “burning a match”.
  • Learn how to sprint.. I can’t even break 900 watts on the final sprint of a RR and that’s not a very high number considering my size.
  • Just general tactics, pacing, timing of sprints, etc.

Anyways, 5 more races to learn on before the Cat 4 upgrade!


May 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Hey,

    I would like to inform you that I was one of the two jackasses that was 1 min. in front of the pack. In order to keep things clear, I was right behind the leader when we blew threw the first turn and I went with the leader for a few hundred yards just as everyone else did.


    Comment by Chris Broaddus | May 20, 2009 | Reply

    • Any way you cut it, exploiting the confusion to make a break is poor form. By the time I caught the main group, you were out of sight up the climb. The race should have been neutralized until everyone was back and you should have respected that. In the end it doesn’t matter cause we smoked your ass to the finish line 😉 Nice try though – you kept up a hell of pace!

      Comment by perrygeo | May 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Fair enough. I didn’t take off till the first climb but that’s besides the point. We can revisit your claim that we “cheated” at another race hopfully in the near future. See you around..

    Comment by Chris | May 21, 2009 | Reply

    • That’s cool, just attack when everyone goes down the wrong road. Maybe next race you can attack in a feed zone or when the race is neutralized.

      Comment by J.Red | May 22, 2009 | Reply

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