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Bariani Road Race

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Place: Crashed
Category: 4
Race: Bariani Road Race
Team Mates: Dan
Field Size: 100
Conditions: nice day

Pretty lame race overall. Highlights include riding on narrow lanes,
being passed by semi-trunks in a pack of 100 squirrelly riders, being
overtaken by cars while an oncoming car was coming, and a huge crash
during the sprint.

Race was flat with one 2 min hill on it. Apparently there was a King
of the Mountain prize. Unfortunately this hill wasn’t steep enough to
break up the pack so it was 5 laps of chilling and getting passed by
cars followed by a huge crash. The cat 4 35+ group that started 5 min after us
did 4 laps and also had a huge crash in the very same spot just 20 min before we showed up.

I had a pretty spectactular crash.  The guy in front of me went down and I hit the brakes, but it was too late.  His bike was laid out in front of me and I hit it with my front wheel and went right over the bars.  I got some big air!  My many years of wrestling kicked in and I did a sweet front roll with the bike attached to my feet.  Since the bike was bacially sheilded by me, it was fine and I only had minor road rash on my back.

Now for some awesome crash pictures. I’m in the blue.

Whole sequence can be found here.

Animated gif found here.

Race stats:
time: 2:02
avg speed: 24.9 mph
elevation gain: 1400ft
distance: 50 miles
CTL: 53.9
TSB: 9.4

 

Monterey CCCX Race #2

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Place 4th
Category: 4
Race: Monterey CCCX
Team Mates: None
Field Size: 28
Conditions: nice day

After the last race I did on this course, I decided that sitting in
was best. It is tough for breaks to get away because something slows
you down after both of the climbs.

I did as little work as possible until the very end. My legs didn’t
feel great, but I was shooting for a top 5 finish. On the last lap, I
knew that on the last 2 hills I needed to get to the front before the
fast part and the bunch sprint. They moved the finish to just after
the really fast part on the course, so I knew that it was the front or
nothing.

My legs didn’t feel great, but I went to the front on the last hill
and followed the guys hammering down. After the sweeping turn we hit
45+mph and set up for the sprint. I was in 6th or so heading into the
final stretch. I set up and launched my sprint at a good time.
Looking back maybe I should have waited 5 seconds longer.

I came out into the wind and gunned it. I was looking down and
drifted to the side of the road cause I wasn’t paying attention and
almost ended up in the bushes. I think I lost a position or two
because the brush on the side of the road was hitting my legs and I
had to stop peddling to stay on the road.

I’m happy with 4th cause I wanted to get top 5 and this was my first
legit bunch sprint.

Race stats:
time: 58:47
avg speed: 22.0 mph
elevation gain: 1400ft
distance: 21.5 miles
CTL: 53.7
TSB: 1.7

Snelling race photo

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Road was flooded in a couple of places.  This wan’t the worst puddle on the road.

Snelling Road Race

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Place: DNF due to flat on first lap
Category: 4
Teammates: None
Field Size: 100
Conditions: Light rain and flooded roads

I flatted 8 miles into the race. Given that the first 3 miles were a
promenade, this was like 10 min into the actual race. The follow car
was not interested in fixing flats but seemed to be there for
emergencies. There were 35 DNP in my category, so that mechanic would
have been very busy.

The car passed me and I knew my race was over. I am not an expert at
tire changes and the first thing I did was snap one of my tire levers.
I calmed down and got the new tube installed and was back on the
bike. Maybe they would slow down. I time trialed in earnest for like
20 minutes and passed many others with flats. I was hoping they would
be quick changes and join the chase or at least give me a time split.
I think one guy said I was 3 minutes back. I picked up a fast rider
in the middle of the 2nd lap and we team time trialed until the end of
lap 3. We decided to sprint to the line so it seemed like we were
racing. I took 2nd.

All in all it was a crappy day for me, but I just picked up some new
tires so I’m hoping things will go better next time.

Race stats:
avg speed: 20.8 mph after flatting
elevation gain: 1300ft in rollers
distance: 30 miles
CTL: 51.6
TSB: 6.7

Monterey CCCX Race

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Place 7th
Category: 5
Race: Monterey CCCX
Teammates: None
Field Size: 35
Conditions: Drizzling before the race, but nice during

Lots of strong people out today and many I’ve never met before. The
hills were way more punishing than they looked on the topo map, but
they were still rollers at the end of the day and the pack didn’t
really break up on them. We did spit people out the back for the
first 3 laps until there was like 15-20 left to stick it out.

I just sat in most of the time and kept out the wind. I don’t think
people understood there was a crosswind on each of the climbs because
I seemed to be the only one stacked up on a diagonal. I figured that
I’d have that advantage at least at the end.

I made 3 mistakes in this race that took me off the podium. The first
was a big attack I dropped at the end of the 2nd to last lap. Did a
bunch of work with no result. The next is that I let an attack go
halfway through the last lap and didn’t go with when I had the option.
The last was to do a bunch of chasing of the 2 guys off the front near
the end of the last lap. I figured some of the other teams would do
some chasing, but they were happy to set up for 3rd. Lame!

Race stats:
time: 1:16:39
avg speed: 21.6 mph
elevation gain: 1700ft
distance: 25.5 miles
CTL: 50.8
TSB: -5

2010 Cantua Creek Road Race

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Awesome race today. We brought the whole team out. Unfortunately,
the whole team is 3 riders each in different categories so no team work for me. Came away
with 2nd place.

Pace was so slow after the first descent of the race. I attacked just
to mix it up. Everyone else was also looking for a reason to go hard,
so the chase was immediate. Will attacked next. I had made friends
with Will when we were in a chase group at Patterson. He had one guy
go with and I slow rolled at the front hoping to bridge later and they got a little gap, but
were still caught quickly.

Will and I waited for a few more attacks and then attacked again together, but that
was also shut down. We came back to the first climb and the pace was
a little fast but I don’t think anyone was getting dropped. On the
way back out Will had attacked with another guy and they were off the
front for a little while. I put in a big effort and bridged to the
group and we started working.

The other guy with Will cracked pretty quickly and it was
just the 2 of us, which I was good with because I knew Will and I
could work together and if the cat 5 pack couldn’t get a chase
organized, we’d be good. Unfortunately, Will spent a lot of time off
the front earlier and said he was going to drop back to the pack.
Also, the pack had finally organized a chase so we sat up.

When we got caught, the pack decided to leave us in the front going
like 18mph. I was just doing like 140W and chilling, but no one would
pass me. Totally bizarre. Eventually I got into like 12th spot and
waited and recovered for the next 15 miles to the hilltop finish.

Finish was pretty good for me. As soon as the road started going out,
the front group sorted itself out and everyone else went backwards.
Everyone went hard on the first half of the climb and I made sure I
had a wheel as the pace was around 20mph. Then the road dips down and
gets fast and then the last 1km is all uphill with a nice 1km marker
to give you a heads up. Had a good lead out wheel from someone going
too hard that I wanted to hold till the 200m mark, but one guy was off
the front by like 30m. So at 400m I chased after him at VO2max, then
sprinted the last 200m, but didn’t catch him.

Apparently all the top 6 placers in each category get t-shirts except
for cat 5. No love for the cat 5 racers. One more race to go before
moving to cat 4.

Race stats:
time: 2:04:20
avg speed: 22.8 mph
elevation gain: 1400ft mostly in rollers
climbs: 2x300ft
distance: 47.34 miles
CTL: 47
TSB: 16
result: 2nd

Fremont Crit 5

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Decent 7th place finish.

The whole fan base for team Palantir came out today!

Sat in the whole race and did pretty much zero work the whole time.
On the third to last lap one guy behind me got squeezed out on the
outside and went over the curb and crashed pretty bad. We came around
the last lap and the sprint before the sprint was pretty chill and I
made it into the 10 man group without much trouble. After people went
hard too early I waited and was about to sprint, but one of the guys
who blew up almost took out my front wheel and I wasn’t able to take
off and get into the top 5 like I expected. At least I saved my skin.

After the race I talked with Annie and apparently Dan hadn’t shown up
in the last 2 laps. I’m a pretty terrible teammate because I didn’t
know he was missing. They were worried he got caught up in the crash
so I went for another lap looking for him. Apparently he had flatted
and was chilling at the start/finish line. whew!

Photo Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/john.carrino/2010FremontCrit5

Race stats:
time: 36:34
avg speed: 24.6 mph
elevation gain: negligible
distance: 15.1 miles
CTL: 51.9
TSB: -5
result: 7th

Fremont Crit 4

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

This was a great race and win for team Palantir. Dan did a great
amount of work in the pack blocking for me and convincing the pack not
to chase.

The race started at a slow pace except for one dude that just hammered
it and opened up a nice lead on the pack. The guy behind me wasn’t
staying very close so after turn one it seemed like a good time to
bridge up. It took some effort to get on his wheel for sure, but I
took a rest and we got to work.

We kept looking back around the corners for the first few laps and
eventually we didn’t see the pack. We were consistently putting up
about 3:20 per lap and I knew that the pack could do 3:05 if it was
hammering. When the 5 laps left went up I was hoping that that we had
over a minute so we could hold them off when they decided to chase.

Dan had been doing such an awesome job of blocking that we were kept
gaining time on the splits. The picture below shows how great Dan is distrupting the pack from chasing.

On the final lap before turn 3, Christian was nice enough to give me the win. I’ve
been practicing my victory salute.

Photo Album: http://picasaweb.google.com/john.carrino/2010FremontCrit4

Race stats:
time: 36:40
avg speed: 24.5 mph
elevation gain: negligible
distance: 15 miles
CTL: 53.3
TSB: -18.4
result: 1st

 

Patterson Road Race

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Took 4th in my first official race!

Race started off pretty slowly and a guy went off the front and hung
out there for a while. One guy bridged up and I also bridged up and
we got to work. The guy who started the attack was really strong and
we were working well. Before the main climb on the course we had 2
minutes on the pack and they weren’t chasing.

As the climb began the other 2 guys I was with pulled away and I just
kept it at threshold. Two super strong climbers had jumped way off
the pack and and caught us at the top of the hill. 3 guys formed up
as the lead group and I formed a chase group with 1 other guy. We
chased for the next 15 miles and kept seeing them ahead of us as we
got around turns, but were never closer than a minute. I was pretty
happy that the 2-man group I was in was able to not get caught and
almost catch the lead group of 3. The rider I was with cramped up at
the 1km mark when the last little climb kicked up and I finished in
4th place.

Race stats:
avg speed = 20.8 mph
time 1:59:19
dist 41.6 mi
total gain: 2565 ft
CTL: 49.4
TSB: -0.9
result: 4th

Fremont Crit 3 Pictures

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Found on the intarwebs, not taken by anyone I know. But I certainly
appreciate it.