I was looking at Alexi’s blog and saw this video of the Olympic Road Race in 1984. Pretty interesting. Check Alexi out climbing when Bauer is bridging to him. Pretty ugly. I remember coming home to Kansas and painting my house when the Olympic road race was showing Live. I could hardly watch it. I couldn’t believe Alexi outsprinted Steve Bauer. He has an interesting piece on his blog about his recollection of the race. I have no idea if what he writes now could have been happening in his brain then. I know Alexi had broad thoughts, but trying to figure that race scenario out would have been impossible. It’s always easier to reconstruct it later on I guess.
I’ve done 3 cross races in 3 days only twice before. That was when Nationals were in Providence and you could race Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It is a pretty hard sport to be doing it day after day, especially if one is later at night and you have to clean and repair your own equipment. It gets old.
Sunday went worse than both Friday and Saturday combined. I guess the random list that had me starting 18th wasn’t UCI official, so they repicked the list and there I was at the end once again. I don’t know about this random starting position thing. It seems improbably that I’d be in the last 5 guys three days in a row. Whatever, it didn’t really matter because I got caught up in a crash coming out of the start. I hit my head pretty good. Good enough that I can’t remember what happened.
First thing I knew I saw Joseph Schmaltz laying on the ground curled in a ball. I had talked to Joseph before the race about helping him finish in the top 15 top get some UCI points for the European races he’ll be doing around Christmas. Anyway, I grabbed Joseph and told him to get up and get riding. Then I went back to my bike and had to put the spring back on one of the cantilevers and got going. I was way, way behind in last once again.
It was a luxury not to have to panic because I felt no pressure. It didn’t take too long to get back to the end of the field. There was a pretty big log jam up the ride/run up. 1/2 a lap later I caught up with Joseph. I was pretty motivated thinking we could ride back up to UCI points. It didn’t work out that way. There were too many guys to pass early and by the time we got into the low 20’s, 15th was nearly out of reach. I pulled Joseph around for 3 or 4 laps and then he took off. I just rode the last couple laps at training speed. There wasn’t anyone in front of me or behind me. I was pretty done.
I’m not sure how it would of played out if I hadn’t have fallen. I wasn’t bad, just ran out of juice. The course was super hard with a super hard, long climb and another sketchy descent. Plus, another super steep short, ride/run climb. No place to rest.
Jamie Driscoll made a smart decision to skip Saturday and then school everyone on Sunday. I’m sure he has enough UCI C2 points by now, so he’d just have to throw them out. Winning a C1 is way better. Todd was riding great. He should be a favorite at Nationals if he can bring his form up just a touch in the next two weeks.
I’m back in Kansas, but am flying out to San Diego tomorrow to train for a week before Nationals. I’m pretty sure I’m going to skip the races in Portland next weekend and race a local race in LA. Then head up to Bend on Tuesday. Looks like it is pretty snowy there. Might have to make a phone call to confirm that. That would be good.
Amanda Miller won the women’s race for her 2nd win in two days.
It was a super hard course today. More later. Have to get driving.
Jamie Driscoll on the downhill.
Plenty to look at other than bike riders.
Not feeling it today on the climb.
Sunset driving home West.
I’m not sure about this cross stage racing. Kind of beats you up. Even though I’m not killing myself here, I’m still pretty tired. Here are a couple photos of the descent off Mt. Krumpet and the run up over the bleachers. Each day it just gets harder. I think I have the best starting position of the weekend for me, so I should be lining up on the 3rd row. That might help some.
This is the new descent off the top of the hill.
This is probably going to be not rideable by the time we race at 2:30.
should have been disqualified for not riding the whole course. Early in the race Trebon was leading a group of 4 and blew through the ribbon coming off a pavement section and instead of turning around and coming back onto the course where he left, he pulled a Lance Armstrong Tour de France grass move, and went under the ribbon and waited for the group while they rode a couple hundred meter section and then rejoined them. He then proceeded to ride away with Todd Wells and dropped him running up the mud climb and won by 30 seconds or so. Todd finished 2nd and 3rd was Chris Jones, who fell with a couple laps to go and never gained his composure back. Then Barry Wicks. I don’t think that Jamie Driscoll started the race. Neither did Chris Horner.
I don’t think Ryan was trying to cheat or anything. He just made a really bad decision during a cross race, as we all do. This decision should have cost him the race though.
Me, well, I got a horrible start. I was at the end of call ups again. Missed my pedal and then got caught up in a crash in the first corner. My chain came off and I had to stop and put it on. Dead last by 30 meters. I didn’t stress. I’m trying to have a low stress weekend and it seems to be working. I caught back up to John Meehan, the race promoter, a couple hundred meters later and he made a comment about being ahead of me for 1/2 a lap. I said, “John, are we only doing 2 minute laps?’
Brian Matter, Geargrinder, had some issue at the start too. He was only 10 guys or so ahead of me. He proceeded to ride up to close to the top 10, I think. I made it up to 15th by the finish, without really killing myself. I made $3 picking up money off the ground (and from the bra) on the climb. My bike is just working so/so. Not really sure why that is, but it’s good to get the kinks out now, since it’s so early in the season.
Tomorrow, another day on Mt. Krumpet. We get the ride up to the top tomorrow instead of running up it like today. I feel pretty good. My right hand isn’t really working because my thumb is so screwed. Not good for shifting or descending on mud. Tomorrow I can only finish 16th, it’s an UCI C1 race, so today is my result of the weekend. Great.
PS Amanda Miller dominated the women’s race. She is off the HTC next season on the road. It is great for her to win at home in Iowa. Devon Haskell was 3rd, which was a great result for her also.
1 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona 0:55:02
2 Todd Wells (USA) Specialized 0:00:30
3 Christopher Jones (USA) Rapha Focus 0:01:00
4 Barry Wicks (USA) Kona 0:01:26
5 Tristan Schouten (USA) cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf 0:01:36
6 Mark Lalonde (USA) Specialized 0:01:40
7 Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar 0:02:26
8 Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:02:49
9 Brian Matter (USA) Gear Grinder 0:02:56
10 Ryan Iddings (USA) Redline 0:03:02
11 Adam Bergman (USA) Texas RoadHouse Cycling Team p/b Motorex 0:03:05
12 Jake Wells (USA) Hudz-Subaru 0:03:19
13 Zach McDonald (USA) Rapha Focus 0:03:36
14 Chris Hurst (USA) 0:03:40
15 Steve Tilford (USA) TradeWind Energy/The Trek Stores 0:03:48
16 Jack Hinkens (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens 0:04:37
17 Mitchell Hoke (USA) Clif Bar Development Team 0:04:50
18 Christian Helmig (Ger) Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team 0:04:59
19 Cody Kaiser (USA) California Giant-Specialized 0:05:03
20 Ryan Knapp (USA) BikeReg.com 0:05:14
21 John Curry (USA) GAS/Intrinsik
22 Kevin McConnell (USA) mercy-specialized 0:06:05
23 Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop 0:06:22
24 Clayton Omer (USA) Papa Johns’ Racing Team 0:07:28
25 Michael Hemme (USA) Courage 0:07:55
26 Andrew Coe (USA) SKC Racing 0:08:10
27 Christopher Fisher (USA) Velorochester 0:08:46
28 Jesse Rients (USA) Nature Valley/Penn Cycle 0:08:51
29 Peter Hurst (USA) AXA Equitable Cycling Team/CRCA 0:08:52
30 Adam Mills (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires 0:09:58
31 Teodoro Ramos (USA) Iron Cycles
32 Mathew Allen (USA) behind bars/ little guy racing
33 Jeremiah Gantzer (USA) Bikes 2 You
34 John Meehan (USA) Bissell
Winner? Todd in the background.
Ryan Trebon running the lower part of the hill while Todd and Troy Wells ride it.
From Velonews.com. Bill seems pretty excited in the background.
Not much to report here. I started 48th out of 56 guys. The start went well and I got by 25 guys or so in a right hand sweeper. I ended up right behind Chris Horner, who was on the 2nd row. We had a little conversation about how great of a start he got and how low our heart rates were considering we were racing, ie not going very fast because of traffic.
The technical, tricky part of the course was a long off camber descent with a couple switchbacks in it. It wasn’t too bad if you have MTB skills, but not many of the riders possess those. I was alright though. I moved up to probably close to the top ten after the descent.
Then, a problem. I fell in the gravel on a high speed left corner. It wasn’t the gravel, but the dirt underneath was frozen and ice. I destroyed my right shifter and limped into the pit. I had a hard time finding my spare bike because of all the mechanics standing around. Chris Horner, Tristan and a few other fell on the same corner. It was dark and you couldn’t see the frozen ground. When I finally got back into the race, I was in 30th. Right back with Horner, Joseph Schmaltz and Bill. I wasn’t climbing the hill too good. Horner and Joseph dropped me, but on the descent I was good and I never saw them again. That is until when I was stopped 5 laps later because my chain snapped climbing.
I’ve only broken two chains before in my life. Now 3. I have no idea why. It was a Shimano chain. Not on the connecting pin. I had ridden up to 14th when it happened. I was only shooting for 11th, so I was going to have to shut it down anyway. I was up until 2am putting a new shifter on my bike and screwing around. I am super sleep deprived the last two nights. Racing today on 2:30. I’m on the last row today. But, Sunday I’m set. The course has a super long run up, which I’m planning on walking. Or maybe jogging. Just depends. Still shooting for 11th.
So, a swollen knee, scrapped up elbow and gamekeeper’s thumb is the extent of my injuries. The thumb is going to be the worst for racing. I think I’ll go take a nap.
Jamie Driscoll wins. Barry Wicks 2nd. 3rd Chris Jones. Troy and Todd were 5th and 6th I think. Troy fell. He was racing for 3rd Not positive on any of these. Ryan Trebon fell and quit. Chris Horner fell and kept riding. Finished 15-20th. Me-DNF’d. No equipment left to ride.
Don’t you hate it when you peel your knee warmer off and the skin sticks to it?