USCF Upgrade


My request for upgrade for my USCF License from Cat V to Cat IV has been approved.

I am still very concerned with crashing. It seems that every race that I have watched or participated in has had crashes. This is very scary to me. Yes cycling is a dangerous sport to begin with it. I would like to think that I can control my destiny by riding smart and towards the front of the pack. But I have been reading reports of crashes happening even in the first 10 wheels. In the thousands of miles I have ridden in Ultras I have come close only a handful of times BUT I have never crashed. The one time I did crash in a double century I was alone and fell asleep and ran off the road. Granted the intensity is less but we still have pacelines and we are in them for hours upon hours. I like the adrenaline rush of USCF racing but I am terrified of inexperienced riders or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

My next goal is to upgrade to Cat III.

Here is the upgrade criteria straight from USA Cycling.

“4-3: 20 points in any 12-month period; or experience in 25 races with a minimum of 10 top ten finishes with fields of 30 riders or more, or 20 pack finishes with fields over 50. 30 points in 12 months is an automatic upgrade”

For Criteriums and Road Races
Number of Starters

Placing 5-10 11-20 21-50 50+
1……..3…..4…..5……7
2……..2…..3…..4……5
3……..1…..2…..3……4
4…………..1…..2……3
5………………..1……2
6………………………1

For Road Races

Points awarded for Road Races
Number of Starters

Placing 5-10 11-20 21-50 50+
1……..3…..7…..8…..10
2……..2…..5…..6……8
3……..1…..4…..5……7
4…………..3…..4……6
5…………..2…..3……5
6…………..1…..2……4
7………………..1……3
8………………………2
9………………………1

See you at the races.

Combined Race Report Post


03/01/02 BAKER TO DEATH VALLEY 80 MILE ROAD RACE — FINISHED 30TH

03/02/08 DASH FOR CASH CRITERIUM——————- FINISHED 19TH

03/04/08 EL DORADO TWILIGHT RACE SERIES CRITERIUM– FINISHED 7TH

03/09/08 TOUR DE MURRIETA CIRCUIT RACE————- FINISHED 10TH

03/01/08 SATURDAY BAKER TO DEATH VALLEY Finished 30th

RESULTS

80 MILE ROAD RACE 3,000 FEET OF CLIMBING.

A break went off the front on mile one. We (the peloton) let them go because we thought we would catch them later. Well they stayed away the whole race. I got dropped on the climb around mile 30. The pace was mellow for the first 10-15 miles and then somewhere around mile 20 the field split and I got caught out. I worked real hard to bridge the gap. It took almost 9 miles to get back on. But by then we were approaching the base of the climb. I didn’t have enough time to recover before the climb started and about .5 mile into it I got dropped. I just didn’t have the legs to keep up with the pack.

At the top of the climb, I noticed there was noone in front of me and noone behind me. So I basically did a 40 mile TT. Yes I was alone from the top of the climb to the finish. I finished in 3:23 for an avg of 23.4 Mph. There was a tail/crosswind and I am sure that helped the peloton.

03/02/08 SUNDAY DASH FOR CASH CRITERIUM

RESULTS

The challenge with doing races on consecutive days is recovery. Not only did I do a 80 mile road race on Saturday but I also spent five hours in the car driving back from Death Valley to Huntington Beach. As soon as I was able to change out of my cycling gear I put on my Skins Travel & Recovery tights for the drive home. Once home Brandy gave me a leg massage, a good meal and some rest and relaxation.

On race day I did a decent warm up and lined up thinking “I just want to sit in.” Well the yahoos that were racing prevented me from doing that and soon enough I was in the front 10 riders enjoying clear lanes to take the corners.

But then I between turn 2 and turn 3 (slight uphill) a rider attacked. I happened to be near him and jumped on his wheel. We got a gap from the pack and as we turned on 3 I noticed we had a little more of a gap. As we neared turn 4 he was still pulling and I was tucked in behind him. He lookeed down and saw my shadow and he hit it again rounding turn 4. But now I had the perfect position — he was pulling to the line and it was a slight downhill. I coasted for a couple of seconds caught my breath and then slingshotted around him 30 meters from the line for the prime.

The sprint was anti-climatic I was on such a high from the prime I didn’t really care. I wanted a top ten finish but when we rounded turn 4 on the last lap I was out of gas for the sprint. You think it has something to do with the race the day before? Of course.


03/04/08– EL DORADO TWILIGHT RACE SERIES 60 mins FINISHED 7TH (4 POINTS)

RESULTS

I was feeling really strong and decided I would take chances and see how things worked out. The race is held in a park and it feels safe although there is one turn that takes you right into the sun and it is a tight left handed. There were a couple of attacks and I went with them just to test my fitness. We got neutralized when the pros past us and then it was on for the last lap. But then there was a crash in the Pro 1/2/3 field which caused the IV, V group to be neutralized right in front of our charging pack. I was in 5th wheel and sat up because I didn’t want to sprint into the IV, V field and lost a couple of places as we came across the line. I felt great the whole hour.

03/09/08 TOUR De MURRIETA CIRCUIT RACE 37 MILES — FINISHED 10TH

RESULTS

So I finally got a Top 10 in a race. I had been nipping at it with the previous Crits (11th Roger Millikan, 12th Anger Management the day after a 10:46 Butterfield Double) and this time it worked out. Oh and the lunge across the line meant the difference between top 10 and top 20. (This is what I thought all the way home from the race. The results from the Eldo race had not been posted and I thought this was my first top ten.)

I knew I was going to have a good day on Sunday because my pre-race leg opener on Saturday went well. I did a 30 miler and went up Newport Coast in 7:21 from the base at PCH to Pelican (new PR). On the way home I did 5 sprints all over 900watts. I haven’t hit 900w (150 lbs) on any of my previous Crits. Ok ok so these aren’t big numbers but as an Ultra cyclist I am all slowtwitch now and there just aren’t that many opportunities (read necessity) to SPRINT or climb at or above threshold.

I followed good wheels all day and stayed in the top 10 of the group and watched every break.

THAT’S ME ON THE RIGHT SPRINTING FOR 10TH

Anger Management Criterium Race Report


OFFICIAL RESULTS POSTED AT THE RACE SITE

LINING UP AT THE FRONT FOR SAFETY BRIEF

AM I NAPPING DURING THE SAFETY BRIEF??? (I’m in the Sho-Air black/red/white kit)

Bike Setup

Cervelo Soloist (SLC) with Zipp 404’s Tubular with a PowerTap.

Before last week’s Roger Millikan Criterium where I placed 11th, I eased up on my weekly mileage and shortened my commutes to save my legs. In a stark contrast, my preparation for the Anger Management Criterium in Long Beach, CA included commuting the full length only twice (65 miles each way), I did some half commutes (30 miles each way) with the train ride in the middle and then a double century (194 miles with 9,000 feet) the day before the Criterium, bringing my weekly mileage to 460 miles by Saturday. On Sunday, this in-depth study revealed that the extra mileage resulted in losing only one placing in criterium racing and this week’s crit yielded a 12th place finish. 😉

If you’ve read my last post, you know that I finished Butterfield Double Century at 5:01 p.m. on Saturday evening–good enough to be the third best time overall. We made it to bed around 9:30 p.m. and Brandy administered the dreaded “stick” massage. The alarm was going off again at 4:00 a.m. The plan was to be in Long Beach no later than 5:45 a.m. to give myself an hour to warm up on the trainer before the 7:00 a.m. race.

We arrived closer to 6:00 a.m. and by the time I registered and pre-rode the course, I didn’t get much of a warm-up. But heck I did 200 miles less than 12 hours earlier. How much warm-up did I need?

The field was very sketchy, which is indicative of a Cat V field–but I have to do my time. 2 out of 10 races done. I stayed near the front in the top 10-15 places of a 50 man field. As the pace picked up for the final five laps, I felt good enough to maintain my position. On the final turn when the sprint began I had no legs to do a sprint and only eeked out a 812 watt sprint. I ran out of gas 50 meters from the line. I sat back down, spun up the cadence, got as aero as I could and FINISHED 12TH. I wasn’t happy with my result at the time, but now that I have had time to reflect, 12th place in a Criterium after a third place finish in a 200 mile event the day before with a time of 10:46 is pretty darn good.

NEXT UP 400KM (252 MILES)BREVET WITH APPROX 15,000 FEET OF CLIMBING.

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Roger Millikan St. Valentine Crit Race Report and Pictures


That’s me in the front on the right leading the pack for half a lap.

Jesse and Keith from Team Bear Claw (in the black kits) sprinting for the line. Jesse got 2nd and Keith got 3rd.

Jesse, Keith and I relaxin’ after the race

Jesse, Brandy and I after the race.

Thank you to all my sponsors, Cervelo and their fantastic Soloist Carbon very aero very comfortable and very stiff in a sprint, Kenda Tires for the C2C’s, Sportquest for their amazing CarboPro 1200 nutrition product, Red Star Energy for their quick pick me up energy tablets, and as always my club Team Velosport Team Sho-Air Sonace.

OFFICIAL RESULTS CAN BE FOUND ON THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NEVADA CYCLING ASSOCIATION (SCNCA) WEBSITE.

Sunday was my first ever Criterium. I am venturing into other types of racing this year to answer one main question…..”Am I good enough?” I know I am a decent Ultra Cyclist. But how will I do at short intense effort races? So this year I will be doing some Road/Crit/TT races to round out my experiences as a cyclist. I also think that it will help in my Ultras because I will pick up some intensity that I just can’t get in training.

I had a few questions going into the race:

1. As stated before am I good enough?

2. How bad will I get dropped?

3. Will there be a crash and will I be involved in it?

4. Will I posses the bike handling skills required?

5. Can I finish in the pack?

Answers

1. I think I am good enough to hang but winning a race is not in my genes!

2. I didn’t get dropped…this time. I stayed in the top 10-20 wheels the whole race.

3. There was a crash with 4 laps to go right in front of me. “Luckily”, for me I was losing contact with the rider in front of me on the slight uphill. By time he went down there was about 20 feet gap between us. As he tumbled his bike slid into my left chainstay and knocked my rear wheel off it’s line. But I regained control of the bike and continued to hammer up the slight up hill towards Turn 4.

4. I was timid in the first few laps but as the speed increased and the necessity of covering the wheel in front of me meant sitting in or getting dropped I felt more comfortable with cornering at 30 mph. BUT I know it will take many more races even years to really feel like I am good at pack riding at such high speeds.

5. I finished 11th on my first ever Crit. A lot was just luck. Avoiding the crash was huge in finishing the race. I lost about 3 places in the last 50 meters. I was out of gas. The course has a slight uphill from Turn 3 up and around Turn 4 and flattens out about 250 meters from the finish line. My legs were done — “on both sides”. My sprint was a paltry 863 Watts. I remember on the Mullholland Double Century 200 miles and 17,000 feet of climbing (most very steep over 10% grades) and 13 hours into the event I could still hit over 1100 Watts. I paused for a second and then sprinted again and threw my bike across the line. I know you are not supposed to pause on a sprint but I was done. I missed top 10 by a wheel but hey that’s bike racing!!!

Brandy had the unenviable task of watching three out of our four children, taking pictures and trying to get me ready. A huge thank you to her for supporting me in my latest adventure!!