Quick and Dirty

Hey sicko, get your mind out of the gutter. This is about bike racing. And some other stuff.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Reports from the last few weeks-

I've been getting out there and pinning that number on for the last couple weeks, the races in the pacific northwest were pretty fun.

I stayed with my friend Dave Pearson and his family in Washington for the first few nights. Dave is nuts for cross, he's got like 4 bikes that are all set up the same. His daughter Ashley is 13 and she comes out and races as well, on saturday she totally rolled the other under 13 girls at Tacoma! Keep an eye on this girl, she has what it takes!



That runup is definitely not "kid-friendly" but Ashley managed to run it well enough, this was the first time she's had to shoulder her bike...


I had a great time with these guys. The host housing that I've had this year has been really awesome and is often more fun than the racing.

My Washington race... less spectacular than Ashley's, but not bad. I had my usual 5th row call-up and I picked a row on the right side. The gun went off and there was some elbows out, mine included. I don't think I was ever in the top 20, probably close to 30th place after the first time up the runup. I found myself in a group after that and did my best to race it out, I had to sprint Matt "Cyclo" Kraus for 31st and I got him. Lot's of other stuff happened in the race, but I've waited too long to do this report and I've forgotten most of it. I actually felt pretty good after things got going, I had good speed on the flats and I used the 12t cog on several parts of the course. I could notice the motor pacing from earlier in the week, which was cool. I was not going well up the run though- if that thing was about a third as long, this would be my favorite course.

Sunday race in OR was muddy, you've probably seen the photos and read the reports. This race was pretty awesome because it was ridable mud, with only a couple places that you had to run with the bike. It's actually a good thing that it was muddy because this course was flat as a pancake and if it was dry it would have been a really fast crit. Paul Sadoff was in the pits for me with his wife Holly and Allen Ott. These guys were there for me in WA as well and they were very helpful both days- Paul raced really well on sunday, finishing 9th! I think this is almost certainly his best ever result at a big race, and I think he was pretty psyched about it. Good ride Paul!

I lined it up in the 5th row again and the gun went off. I kept cool and I tried to move up while we were still on the pavement. As we hit the mud going full tilt, there was a pretty big crash to my right! I avoided it nicely and pinned it- Paul claims I came by in 15th place after the first lap! I tried to stay steady and not do anything rash, in these conditions you're basically racing against the course. Picking lines that don't bring you to a stop is very difficult, so I rode everything in the 46x25 or 23and just tried to power along. I wanted to keep my place, but in the next few laps there were a lot of really fast guys riding back by me who had been in the crash. On the last few times around, the course was getting considerably worse and there were more spots that you had to run. I managed to saw off a couple guys that I'd been racing with and finished it up. Sheesh, 29th.

This week I've been doing a lot of bike work for people and trying to get my act together and pay some bills, but I've had some good training too. By the way, does anyone need some work done on bikes? If you're in the area, drop me a line.

Yesterday was cccx at Prunedale. I was feeling chipper while warming up in the hours before the race and I like this course so I was optimistic about my chances for a win. I've won this race before and I like it when it comes to a sprint on the uphill pavement. Oops, there's Barry Wicks. Now I'm feeling optimistic about a 2nd place finish... My teammate Dave Wyandt was also on the line. So I figured that at best, he and I could ride ourselves inside out and maybe throw some attacks at Barry so he had something to chuckle about before he just rides off for the win.

We hear the whistle and off we go. Once we get to the end of the pavement, I got to the front and hit the gas. Barry and dave are there, so I just tried to go hard and ride the course. This was not to be, as I slid out crazily in a loose rocky corner and landed on my side and hand. This sucked, and now Barry and Dave were going away and I was with Cameron Falconer and some others. I immediately hit the gas and rode back up to Barry and Dave. I tore a big flap of skin off my palm too, which hurt, as did my ribs.

Barry was riding the short burly runup, for sport. I was behind him for the first one and I ran easily past him- that Barry, such a showboat. He tried it each lap, but I think he only cleaned it about half the time. In this kind of an easy race Barry has time for tricks, kartwheels, somersaults and other whimsical diversions so that he can pass the time more easily.

I had to switch bikes coming into the second lap, and the pits at this race is on the paved start-finish so I got gapped again for that. This time, Barry actually eased up to let me back on. Unfortunately, I was kind of rattled from my crash and I was riding like a crazy person through the turns. My chain got bounced off to the outside of my chainring and I had to dismount at a stupid place and run a bit before I could pedal it back on- now I'm truly gapped by the guys and I'm feeling spent from my other bridging efforts. I rode the rest of the race at a sporting pace so as to get my training in and not look like a quitter. Dave tried attacking Barry at one point, and after getting to see nice Barry, he was introduced to mean Barry as he paid for his efforts. Dave kept riding strong and came in second. My 3rd place got me my entrance and gas money, so that's nice!

5 Comments:

At 11:08 AM, Blogger Max C. said...

Sorry I missed seeing the A race yesterday... I did see an itube of Barry Wicks riding the run up though, what a hoot!

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger velogirl said...

shouldn't you start wearing gloves?

nice chatting/riding with you for a bit last week.

 
At 12:14 PM, Blogger Josh and Barb said...

Yes, I should start wearing gloves. They make my hands sweat though, and I can grip the handles better without 'em. And the race is only an hour, so it's not like your hands are going to get tired beacause you're out ther all day.

But... it sucks when you crash without gloves! I'm a dumbass!

 
At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Pale Ale Yum said...

Josh,

Always like reading of your races. Glad you made it back to CA in one piece. Paul seemed to be working on a cold. Too much mud/rain up North?

Next week will be the biggee before Natz. Get Ready!

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

J,
Nice write up, Ashley was stoked to see her pics on here. Sounds like you didnt get my bug, thats good. I'm all over it now & ready to rip the last three races up here. Good luck back east,

Dave, Corazon & Ashley

 

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