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One of the things I love about bike racing is the opportunity afforded to roll the dice more than once in a race, allowing one to lose multiple times in a single outing. I find this superior to the "One loss per day" mantra of the rest of the sports I play.<br><br>
In any event, we had a nice size group today for our continuing march into spring fitness. It was maybe 25 at the start with a bit of a wind and some nice sunshine. It was colder than it looked and our 10 mile warm up was not so warm. Finally, we were racing and the attacks started pretty early. There was one guy kind of twaddling off the front for a while so I rode acrost and joined him, bringing another lad along and we were working, then one more bridged to make 4. We worked together for the next hour, getting a decent gap, but never tremendous. It was very hard, especially into the crosswind, I felt about at my max when I swung off every time. After 20 minutes, a couple of the guys were missing pulls, I was slacking some but stilll doing OK and the one guy was riding very strong, a cat 1 who should be getting some good results. After a spell, one of our group started to sit at the back, and after another spell he was, poof, just gone. Another guy started to sit out rotations, so we were starting to run a little rough and the pack was lined out single file balling the jack trying to nail us back.<br><br>
With 5 miles to go, were were caught. the counters started and I called for some support from my teammates, and we were able to stay more or less on top of things until maybe 800m to to and the attacks started for real. One guy makes a nice counter and gets clear, I see my team mate struggling a bit to close to a group of 3 as we pass 400 and he's looking for help so I just holler at him to giidy up go and he closes across the gap and a counter goes off at this point, I swing around the group and try to latch onto the second place wheel, but he is winding out the sprint super early, so I just hae no choice but to hang on, alas I don't, now I'm right at the front of the group with 150m to go and about at my max sprint. So, I see the wrinting on the wall and keep going as hard as I can, but I'm screwed now. I get passed on the right then some moron on my left vectors by and clobbers my bars with his hip as he trying to get through this huge freaking gap nice move tool. So I'm done, maybe 7th. or somesuch.<br><br>
I rode well and took some risks and left it all on the road and go passed by a couple yaks who just sat in the group all day, oh well that's bike racing sometimes.
 

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Reinforcing your loss doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun. <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
Nice race as always JR and another very entertaining report!
 

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Another great report. It seems really difficult to hold a break through until the end. Maybe those "yaks" strategize differently. Still, going hard on the breaks may pay dividends later in the year.
 

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Your race reports are so exciting, lots of action.<br>
Btw, these training races you do... how long are they, and are they a circuit? Criterium?
 

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Love it. Great job John, sorry you missed the podium this time around. Thanks for the lively report.
 

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Very cool report! Great taking the risk, that's the way to race in my opinion, have to take risks and not be a bum.
 

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No clue what half the words in your report mean, but interesting reading anyway.<br><br>
If someone hit my handlebars with his hip, I think would have serious road rash and a broken collarbone at least, plus whatever injuries happen as 5 others crash into my downed body.<br><br>
Methinks you need to race with a baseball bat or taser for the yaks.
 

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Great read, John. I always enjoy your reports. I can't see you being one of the guys sitting in the pack all day long, waiting for your one shot near the finish line! Way to go!
 

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I love reading your reports, <b>jr</b> - no matter what the result, your writing really gives me a feeling as I was riding along in the pack the whole day.
 

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I like "yaks" - might have to start using that one!! <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"><br><br>
"Balling the Jack" is a great expression. Comes from Bocce. The "jack" is the small ball thrown out as a target. Generally you aim to get your ball close to it or to knock your opponents ball away from it. Sometimes, you can go for broke and aim to move the jack - thus changing the whole flow of the game as the target has now been reset.<br><br>
Great race JR!! Sorry it didn't work out in the end.
 

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Awesome report once again, Jr. This one in particular was cool for how you really get a feel for that last push where everybody was breaking, unfortunately too early, but it kept going and going, just like watching a tour stage on OLN.<br><br>
And by the way, remember that picture posted last week where RunningForT3 asked "What's wrong with this picture?" Well, when I first looked at it, I thought, 'that looks like Roden on the left.' That guy on the left, as it was pointed out later, was Lance. I was bummed, because I though RFT3 found a stash of your old race photos!<br><br>
Awesome job, man.
 
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