Westwood Velo Cross 10/7/07...

ChrisG

Unapologetic Lifer for Rock and Roll
Really want to hit this one, but they're running the races really late for me, as I have a birthday dinner to attend that afternoon. B race and 35+ are at 1:40 PM. Yuck.

If Westwood was following the same time schedule as most of the other NJ series races, I'd be there for sure.

I'll be at the Craigmeur races the last two weekends of the month.
 

BiknBen

Well-Known Member
I'll likely be there. Even though I tweaked my back real good last night.

What was I doing? I was in the process of flipping the stem on my CX bike. I made a strange motion to catch the bike as it was falling over. I nearly ended up on the floor myself. Strange coincidence...I was flipping the stem to alieviate back pain during the CX races I've done. Go figure! :mad:

I had a very painful ride into work this morning. We'll have to see how it feels later this week.
 

Norm

Mayor McCheese
Team MTBNJ Halter's
I'll likely be there. Even though I tweaked my back real good last night.

What was I doing? I was in the process of flipping the stem on my CX bike. I made a strange motion to catch the bike as it was falling over. I nearly ended up on the floor myself. Strange coincidence...I was flipping the stem to alieviate back pain during the CX races I've done. Go figure! :mad:

I had a very painful ride into work this morning. We'll have to see how it feels later this week.

This story would be even better if you went to work as a chiropractor.
 

jimvreeland

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
It is late...I'm going to do the C race just to get home earlier...Too many all-day Sundays in a row aren't great for the home-life!! See you at the next one then...And don't forget about CX practice at Rutgers, it's a great way to get your fix during the week!!

-Jim.
 

ArmyOfNone

Well-Known Member
This is still very much up in the air for. With the allamuchy ride saturday and the late start which may effect plans w/ the gf i am not sure how things will pan out.

Jim will you be at rutgers today?
 

jimvreeland

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
Do the C race, you'll still be home a lot earlier than an MTB race...And I'm not 100% sure, but I believe All-a-muchy was cancelled...

And yes, I will be at rutgers practice tonight...See you there if you're going...

-Jim.
 

ArmyOfNone

Well-Known Member
Do the C race, you'll still be home a lot earlier than an MTB race...And I'm not 100% sure, but I believe All-a-muchy was cancelled...

And yes, I will be at rutgers practice tonight...See you there if you're going...

-Jim.

There was a make shift all a muchy ride scheduled by mr. webber. Thats what we were checking on. If that doesnt pan out i may do some race loops at ringwood.

ChrisG and I will be there tonight. Red cannondale on a white saturn suv.
 

ArmyOfNone

Well-Known Member
Can someone hook me up with directions from 287? I just would like to know what exit. Google tells me to take 287 to rt 208. Never heard of it. Throw me a stinking bone. :D
 

jimvreeland

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
Are there any takers on this one? I'm pre-registered for the C race, which starts at noon o'clock...ArmyOfNone?
 

jimvreeland

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
Race Report...

So today was my first cross race...I pre-reg'd on Friday for the C race...Saturday I started to get a cold, I pounded vitamin C like it was going out of style!! I went to bed feeling like complete poop and woke up this morning feeling no better...Again I started to pound vitamin C and had my traditional pre-race meal consisting of MetRX and Monster!! Still felt like poop though, not wanting to waste $30.00, I figured I'd just roll around and hope I get a flat...

I met the Rutgers team at 9am and we carpooled up to Mahwah...I pre-rode the course a few laps, still sorta dizzy from my head cold...The course was awesome though and I started to get really excited about the race...I sorta forgot about my cold and how crappy I felt...There were rocks and ruts, climbs, sketchy downhills, barriers after a 180 degree turn and lots of other cool CX poop...

The race started and I sat in about half pack just to see what happened...A few guys took themselves out pretty quickly and I picked up some spots just from people making mistakes and flatting early...

Lap #2 I turned up the juice and passed then entire field except 1 guy during the first two climbs...That of course took a lot of effort so I sat on the leader to regain my composure...

Lap #3 I still couldn't get around the leader, I tried, but he would shut me down...He would even pull away on me through the barrier sections...My lack of CX technique and/or cold was obvious!!

Lap #4 the leader slipped up a bit through the 180 barrier section and I snuck by him on the inside, it was the ONLY time I got those barriers right!! Hopped up from being in the lead, I started to push hard and tried to put some time in the bank...

Lap #5 I took a section too wide and got tangled up in the tape, I kept pedaling as the guy now slid by me on the inside, the tape broke and I sprinted to get the lead back...

Lap #6 I stayed out front and tried to just maintain my lead, me and 2nd place had almost a 5 minute gap to 3rd place, so we could relax a little...He let me sit in the front...We began to lap the field at this point, and I got some cheers as I went through my Rutgers and Hermes buddies...

Lap #7, Bell lap...As soon as I heard the bell it was on like it was a matter of life and death!! I dropped the 2nd place guy in the climb, but he got back on and tried to pass on every corner...I rode defense and took lines that made it impossible for him to pass me...The back stretch into the finish opened into a full blown sprint...I maxed out my biggest gear to hold off the 2nd place guy by about 2 bike lengths...I was zonked!! Just under 38 minute race time...38 minutes at 200% effort, with no water, because apparently you can't feed in a CX race!! Now I was being reminded that I was still indeed sick, my head was pounding!!

So I won my FIRST CX race!! Woo-hoo!! Granted it was in the C's, but I'll take it!! My fellow Watchung Wheelman team mate took 3rd place, Ralf won the master's race, Don from Rutgers got 7th in the B race...CX is a blast, so come out and race!! I'm going to bed now because now I'm really sick and I need to recover...See you out at CX practice on Wednesday if I feel better....

-Jim.
 
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jimvreeland

Endurance Guy: Tolerates most of us.
Thanks son!! I'll be out Wednesday unless they cancel it due to rain...I'll post to let you know if it's cancelled or not...

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-Jim.
 
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