Racing, training, results, and statistics

Normally I don’t train very much. I ride around by myself looking at stuff and occasionally get motivated to ride really fast for a little bit. Last year I started riding with groups a bit more but it wasn’t consistent or hard enough to really make a difference I think. Most of my race results were typical – up and down with a normal race coming in around 30th percentile. So regularly I’m good for 30-33rd%, when I have a bad day I’m around 38-40th% but the funny thing is when I have a good day I’m up around 20th%. That’s a bigger increase possible than even my worst days.

Anyway, this year I started riding the Marietta Tuesday Night Crit. A 1 hour + 5 laps open group training race. Last year I did it four times over the course of the entire summer. This year I’ve done it 5 times before the start of July. Over the weekend I did the Red Clay Ramble and was kinda down because my time was a little slower than last year and a little faster than two years ago. But all three times were within a minute of each other so not a big change. Made me think the training crit was a waste of time. I mean it’s fun but it’s not that fun if it’s not doing anything for my actual events.

Then I started looking a little more at the results and have a much more positive view. All told I’m right at 33rd% for my class but overall 17th% so pretty good considering. The course was a ton harder this year – lots of loose gravel and very hot. I think if it would have been smoother like last year and cooler with the bit of rain I’d have knocked a few minutes off my time easy.

So I suppose the training did make a difference looking at it from a different perspective. I’m not sure it’s something I want to do every year but it’s been a really good time so far this year.


Much happier with my result after some math.


Riding in groups is a lot of fun but can be chaotic and takes more time usually.


Training crit is fast but not social at all.

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2018 Skyway Epic

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Jerkoff race promoter started the race 4 minutes early, after giving a 5 minute warning and starting to make small talk. I think as soon as he saw me ride off to the porta-potty he said something like it was go-time as soon as I opened the door. Because that was what happened. It was embarrassing and made me feel like a fool. Seriously fuck that guy, what an asshole.

Rode angry all race and knocked 30 minutes off my time from last year. Probably riding a mountain bike with hydraulic brakes and the cooler weather helped.

Unbeknownst to me my bottom bracket was pretty much destroyed within the first few miles. The incessant squishy creaking that followed me all race was due to the bearings on the drive side being completely seized. When I noticed later I could not turn the crank by hand without bracing my entire body and putting in some serious strength. Realized I wasted a ton of energy pushing it around the course.

Skipped the trash food they serve at the end and just went home. I’m not doing any more events from this guy.

 

 

Race Report: Middle Ga Epic 2018

I won, also came in 3rd. Mainly because all the hardasses did the 200k.

Course was pretty well split between gravel, sandy/silty muddy dirt and pavement. Several people crashed in the first muddy rutted section, everyone sat on for the first 55 miles. I attacked with one guy and then two guys and got some distance, lost a few places once we hit the soft downhill but got a few back after one rider got stuck in some mud and the other pulled the ripcord on the rocky hill a few miles out. Managed to keep him in the distance and finish first in my class and third overall.

Nice event, had a lot of fun. Everything worked out pretty great, cut off shorts are fun.Shorts.jpg

Link to facebook pictures of the course

 

Event Listing

3/31/2012 – Alleycat – Sopo Broken Hearts and Bicycle Parts
7/28/2012 – Hellcat Alleycat 9th?
8/24/2012 – NHLB Peachtree Bash 1st
9/21/2012 – NHLB Moving too Quickly – 2nd?
11/17/2012 – NHLB Black Cat Alleycat – 1st but not really

4/6/2013 – NHLB A Fucking Bike Race – 1st
5/18/2013 – Gainesville Gran Prix | CCR 8/26
5/18/2013 – Gainesville Gran Prix | ITT 1/15
5/19/2013 – Gainesville Gran Prix | RR 5/32
5/26/2013 – Southeast Regional Series: Event #1 Begin, Believe 13/27
5/28/2013 – AMP Cycling Series | CRITERIUM 5/8
6/11/2013 – AMP Cycling Series | CRIT 4/9
6/15/2013 – Georgia State Championship road Race | RR | Open 9/22
6/18/2013 – AMP Cycling Series | CRIT 1/7
6/23/2013 – Southeast Regional Series: Event #2 Montgomery | RR 6/22
6/25/2013 – AMP Cycling Series | CRIT 4/6
7/6/2013 – Georgia Games | ROAD RACE 24/32
7/7/2013 – Georgia Games | CRITERIUM 26/34
7/13/2013 – Dingo Days of Summer Criterium Weekend – Flowery Br 9/13
7/14/2013 – Dingo Days of Summer Criterium Weekend – Flowery Br 8/17
7/16/2013 – AMP Cycling Series | CRIT 5/7
7/20/2013 – French Broad Cycling Classic-2013 | RR 23/62
8/17/2013 – Litespeed BMW Twilight Criterium | CRITERIUM 29/31
8/24/2013 – Village Volkswagen River Gorge | RR 19/45
9/8/2013 – AL State RR Championship | Road Race 3/9
9/15/2013 – Southeast Regional Series: Event #5 Greenville | RR 31/41
9/17/2013 – AMP Cycling Series | CRIT 7/13
10/25/2013 – NHLB x Cogzilla Attacks Black Cat Strikes Back Alleycat – DNF

3/30/2014 – 3rd Annual Gainesville Gran Prix | RR 18/46
4/6/2014 – Foothills Road Race | RR 16/27
4/19/2014 – Chainbuster 3 hours of Payne 5/10
6/28/2014 – Wrenched Bicycles 3rd Annual Dingo Days of Summer | 17/22
7/12/2014 – Outback Omnium at Dick Lane Velodrome – 2nd
7/13/2014 – Georgia Games MTB Race
7/26/2014 – Chainbuster 3 Hours of Tacos
8/3/2014 – Georgia Cup- Duluth Twilight and Road Race Gwinnett DNF
9/13/2014 – Chainbuster 3 Hours of Camp Thunder 1st
10/25/2014 – Samurai Hill Alleycat – 2nd

2/28/2015 – Chainbuster Assault Mt. Currahee 13/30
3/14/2015 – Southern Cross 21/44 & 51/157
4/18/2015 – Shake ‘n’ Brake 100k 1/1
8/22/2015 – Red Clay Ramble 4/15
10/10/2015 – Samurai Hill Alleycat 2nd to last?
10/31/2015 – Sac o’ Suds 9th?

2/27/2016 – Chainbuster Assault Mt. Currahee 13/35
3/5/2016 – Southern Cross 24/29 & 75/229
3/12/2016 – Chainbuster Green Gobbler 3 Hour 4/12
4/16/2016 – Blankets Creek Dirty 30 10/15
4/23/2016 – Shake ‘n’ Brake 9/13
4/30/2016 – Raider 48
5/14/2016 – Dirty Spokes 3 hours of Ft Yargo 4/5
8/20/2016 – Red  Clay Ramble 14/18
11/5/2016 – Sac o’ Suds
1/6/2016 – Standard Deluxe Dirt Road Century | Metric Century 2/25

2/27/2017 – Chainbuster Assault on Mt. Currahee 28/39 & 80/100
3/4/2017 – Southern Cross 33/42 & 111/322
3/11/2017 – Chainbuster 3 hours of Ft. Payne 2/12
4/8/2017 – Skyway Epic 7/11
4/15/2017 – Blankets Creek Dirty 30 8/21
4/22/2017 – Shake ‘n’ Brake 5/7 & 18/52
4/29/2017 – Big Frog 65 49/120
5/13/2017 – Dirty Spokes 3 hours of Ft Yargo 4/13
8/19/2017 – Red Clay Ramble 19/31 & 37/100
9/16/2017 – Fools Gold 48 14/16 & 84/252
9/30/2017 – Chainbuster Big Ring Challenge 4/5
10/14/2017 – All-a-toona
10/21/2017 – Standard Deluxe Dirt Road Century 7/34
11/4/2017 – Sac o’ Suds 4/45
12/2/2017 – Death March Revival 11/41

2/17/2018 – Middle GA Epic 100k 1/9 & 3/56
2/24/2018 – Fried Green 200k 7:43
3/3/2018 – Southern Cross 26/27 & 127/323
3/10/2018 – Old Capital Classic 2nd
3/11/2018 – Beltgrind 2nd
3/31/2018 – Homestead Hollow 300k (13:05)
4/7/2018 – Skyway Epic 60 6th
4/14/2018 – Blankets Creek Dirty 30 4/12
6/2/2018 – Red Clay Ramble 16/25 & 31/80
9/15/2018 – Fools Gold 55 9/11 & 57/191
9/29/2018 – Big Ring 5/6 & 51/110
10/21/2018 – Standard Deluxe Dirt Road Century 12/58

1/12/2019 – Albany 200k 8:17
2/9/2019 – Monticello 300k 13:22
3/23/2019 – Fried Clay 200k 6/76
3/24/2019 – Beltgrind 1st
4/20/2019 – Georgia State of Gravel 4/6 & 29/68
6/29/2019 – Red Clay Ramble 10/30 & 25/139
7/20/2019 – Bartram PM 5/6
8/3/2019 – Mulberry Mayhem 14/20 & 26/67

Event Schedule 2017

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Road

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Fun Rides