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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 11:15 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Merci.  A very fine read.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great read and 36kmph for 38km with no drafting = kudos!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Analysis of the results show that I came almost exactly midpack in the swim and run (149th and 140th respectively out of 300) and 55th on the bike. I'd like to think I could go faster on the run for more training, but most of my winter training was running, so this is probably a forlorn hope. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done SR. Kudos
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

random quote from my 2014 season review:
Boogerd_Fan wrote:

2015 forecast/plan
- Martin. Podium or die!


Today was the peak of my season at the 65km hilly Martinsky Cyklomarathon.
A lot of hard work and nervous days in last few weeks have led to this.. but... SMASHED IT

a lunge at the line for 10th overall @ 55 seconds


as that sprint was won the commentator declared me winner in category Men 30-39.
2015 season goal accomplished!!
came home with a winning trophy, jersey & big grin



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one - well done Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job Boogie!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one, Boogie!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work Boogie!  Skills!!! Smile
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nice one
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Well done BF - chapeau
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My plans for a leisurely Sunday were thrown into confusion over morning coffee when Mrs SR said “There’s a cyclocross race nearby this afternoon. Why don’t you go and do it?” There are many reasons one could have given, but after a rest day on Saturday (swimming gala watching duties) recent dry weather and a good forecast, the one that came out was “Why not?”

The event in question was round 3 of the Yorkshire Points series. The novice race started too early to sign on in time, but the last race of the day seemed just the thing, comprising the 45-49 and over 50 men, along with the elite ladies.

Tactical blunder #1 came in not checking exactly where the event centre was. I just followed the Sat Nav and was informed that I had reached my destination at a random road junction. This was far from ideal, but parked up, saddled up and soon located some folk riding on the grass in the distant corner of a field. I assumed this was the race, so went that way and eventually signed on. The long ride over meant I was well warmed up as I headed to the start, and had time for a practice lap. The course was dry and not hugely technical, with no man-made obstacles added. There were plenty of natural short, steep climbs to navigate, and where there was an option to choose an adverse camber over tree roots for a corner as opposed to a smooth, banked alternative, the organisers had enthusiastically opted for the former!

Tactical blunder #2 was more serious. When the whistle went, a mad charge commenced up front which I chose not to follow, and spent the first half of the first lap caught in slow traffic through the bottlenecks. With hindsight, I should have followed the charge to get as far forward as I could, and then defended my position with a bit of tactical weaving around.

Anyway, we were scheduled to ride for 40 minutes. The first lap took 6 minutes, by the end of which I was already well into the red zone and time seemed to have slowed down. The course consisted of a lot of twists and turns, where one was forced to “rest” (a relative term) with a few short, sharp climbs, where the opposite was required. One climb caused chaos, as it combined a 50% gradient followed by a hairpin bend. In the early laps, I dismounted for this, and whilst this cost a bit of time, I avoided the pileups and falls down the bank. Until the 4th lap, that is, when as I was remounting at the top, some guy piled into me. I was pleased to note that I didn’t budge an inch whereas he bounced off and slithered down the bank! Four more riders were taken down in the aftermath. After checking that everyone was OK, I carried on.

By now, roughly half way, the field was well spread out and overtaking was easy. I was overtaking and being overtaken regularly. I have to confess that I got “chicked” a couple of times. Despite this, my lap times were holding up, and I’d even mastered riding up the bit where I’d previously dismounted. I was looking forward to the bell all the same. As I approached the finish after 6 laps, there was nearly 37 minutes on the clock which by my arithmetic meant there would be well over 40 minutes on the clock after another lap, so I listened intently for the bell. Sadly I didn’t hear it, so steeled myself for another 12 minutes of suffering. My cornering was getting quite good by this stage, a combination of in-race practice, not bothering quite so much about crashing (speeds were pretty low) and being so tired that I didn’t have the energy to tense up!

All good things come to an end, however, and after 8 laps / 49 minutes I was told I could stop, and did so most gratefully. Thankfully, no-one approached with white screens and a pistol and no-one came to tell me off for bad riding. Unlike the recent triathlon swim where I could get “stuck in”, safely anonymous in a wetsuit, as one of the few riders on a flat-barred bike, I was pretty distinctive this time. I’d “shut the door” on a few folk trying to “dive bomb” up the inside of tight corners, which doesn’t always go down well and a bit of “afters” can never be ruled out.

I estimate I was around 2/3 of the way down the field, but was too b*ggered to care. Round 4 is in two weeks time. I am working on my excuses already - mainly to avoid competing but also to explain poor performance, just in case!

Edit - on the official results, I was 66th out of 99 exactly 2/3 of the way down as estimated. Pleased with the quality of the estimate, if nothing else!
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More cyclocross yesterday. I'm still alive and the bike is unbroken, so it must count as a good day, despite what looks like mid-pack obscurity on the results sheet. I got my tactics right this time, deflating my rear tyre a lot just before the off, and was thus able to ride past a load of people who'd fallen off on the first muddy climb. Smile Oddly, given my usual prowess on small hills, I did most of my overtaken on the uphill sections. A good way to overtake in the crowded nether regions of the field appears to be to divebomb into corners, bouncing off trees and other riders to maintain balance. It's not a move I feel ready to unleash yet so stuck to the tried and tested method of pedalling harder.



Somewhat easier was the Brownlee triathlon last weekend where the absence of trees on the route, the presence of a lot of debutants and a disproportionately hard bike route saw me bag 8th place out of over 80 in the over 45s. I was pleased with this, though Elder Little Rower, my chief spectator, was more pleased with having bagged selfies with both Brownlees. And I can't let the moment go without confessing that I lost my bike in transition. There's always one idiot who does and last weekend it was me.  Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love the lunge for the line.  Well done.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For someone who displayed a marked aversion to cylocross you seem to be spending a disproportionate amount of time doing it...

How about one of these for Christmas?


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
For someone who displayed a marked aversion to cylocross you seem to be spending a disproportionate amount of time doing it...


90 minutes in the last 9 months isn't that much time. It just seems like it at the time!

Joking aside, 'cross is a completely ridiculous sport, but it is remarkably good fun.

Edit - An improvement in overall results: 61/110 overall vs. 66/99 last time. Still work to be done as I was beaten by both teenage girls in the field.  Embarassed
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2015 1:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More cyclocross yesterday. Round 7 of the Yorkshire Points series, my first ride outside since round 4 in early October (bar a 2 mile jaunt to deliver Christmas cards.) I'd done a lot of turbo work during my "confinement" though, so was in pretty good shape.

The race was at York Sport, a venue I know very well, so the Satnav was deprived of its usual chance to dump me in the middle of nowhere obviously close to race HQ. Indeed, I'd been there earlier in the week when the kids were swimming, and much of the likely course appeared to be underwater.

A mudbath beckoned which didn't fill me with huge glee, it must be said, but on the way over, spirits rose as I saw a few bikes on cars leaving the venue that were actually recognisable as bikes under the mud rather than simply being lumps of mud. The tarmac warm up went well, and visual inspection of the course suggested it wasn't in too bad condition. Once on the course for the final warm up, the truth was revealed, as the course was iceberg-like and largely invisible from the viewing area. The invisible areas were largely swamp-like to one degree or another. After discussion with a few other riders, 25psi was the agreed tyre pressure.

Unsurprisingly, I wasn't gridded, so started off at the back. The first minute was on my favourite criterium circuit, and not for the first time, I found myself straight into the red zone to keep in touch with the bunch. The first lap was fairly choatic, though it was quickly apparent that my tyre pressure choice was spot on and my legs were having one of their better days.

After a lot of overtaking on lap one, I settled into a lower mid pack position and according to Mrs SR was going very well. I steadily picked off a few further victims and no-one came past until the final lap, when I got lapped by the leaders. On the ridable sections, they didn't seem much faster than me, but on even seemingly insignificant length technical sections, they'd gain 50 yards or so. I actually went past the commentator with the two leaders as they lapped me, and my progress was announced to the masses as "And there are John Smith and Joe Bloggs, duelling for the lead, and with them is ... a backmarker".

As usual, it was a grim moment when passing the finish line for what could have been the bell to find there was an extra lap. With each lap lasting circa 10 minutes, that was a cruel blow. My 40 minute race actually lasted 56!

Unlike the previous two races I'd done, there were no tree stumps on course, but the organisers had thoughtfully put in two 9 inch planks across one of the few cruising sections, posing us all the question "To bunnyhop or not?" Pretty much everyone opted for "not" and by the last lap it was no mean feat to get over on foot carrying the bike.

There was only one adverse camber corner to deal with, and halfway through, I lost my balance going into it, got overtaken by my back wheel and then tested my theory that falling off in 'cross race probably won't hurt too much. I was annoyed to put the theory to the test, but was proven to be correct!

My personal highlight was overtaking a couple of guys who were in skinsuits. I'll bet being overtaken by a bike that has completed the Marmotte made their day had they know of Stan's unusual pedigree! Talking of kit, some riders had two bikes and a friend in the pits to wash their "spare" bike down on alternate laps. Chapeau to them for taking things that seriously. My bike took three washes to get clean: One on getting home in the dark to remove most of the mud (or so I thought). Two this morning to actually remove most of the mud. Three after that to get the damned thing properly clean.

There's the final round of the series at the end of January. I fear my bizarre 'cross addiction is not over yet. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice read sr.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 22, 2015 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bravo SR
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys.

Final results have filtered in over Christmas and I notched my best result, finishing 52nd out of 97 overall in my race and 14th out of 23 in the 45-49 group. Best of all, I beat all the teenage girls, the first time I've managed this in any triathlon or 'cross race. Smile


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