O2 / Cadieux Bike Club comes out swinging Sunday:
Tony ripped it up in Ann Arbor… After sharing some racing knowledge during the Club’s Cross Winds Clinic on Saturday, Tony went out to Ann Arbor Sunday morning and finished 4th in the A race. Great Job Tony, we expect nothing less:)
Then a new member, Jeremy Meyersick, finished first in the 4/5 race. WOW… Welcome to the Club! A great start to the new season.
I’m proposing a weekly ride for Wednesday evenings focued on learning and practicing skills that will help you be safer, faster, and better able to manage the unexpected scenarios that are a part of bike racing. This clinic is guaranteed (?) to challenge new racers and those with experience, giving you better skills and awareness of where to improve your technical skills and how to do it.
Tell me what you think… I started the topic in under Forums (Rides & Training).
I’m not talking about a ride leaving from Crosswinds Mall, I’m talking about how to ride and race in the wind. Cross winds create unique challenges and opportunities during a ride or race.
The Clinic will begin in Stony Creek Metro Park at 2:00pm. We will meet in the building located at the boat launch and spend 20-30 mins talking and then ride.
This ride will is primarily designed to train the space between your ears, training your legs and aerobic system will be secondary priority. There may be stopping to explain things and/or yell at you like a grouch old bike racer does.
Topics we’ll cover include…
o Knowing which way the apparent wind is coming from
o Knowing which way to pull off
o How to avoid getting “spit out” in a crosswind
o How to ride in an Echelon
o What the doorman in the echelon does and how he can make your ride tolerable or miserable
o What side of the road/wind to attack on
o How a team can split the field in a cross wind
I encourage all those racing this season or interested in racing attend.
There will be a A level ride meeting Sunday mornings at Crosswinds Mall. The ride will begin at 8:30 The route will be determined at the start. Options normally considered include the Milford, Brighton and Fenton loops. This will be a fast ride with speeds reaching 30mph. All are welcome, just be warned if you drop you will be on your own.
Racers not going to the Cone Azalia Race are encouraged to make efforts to attend.
Results are posted here – congratulations to Jeremy Meyersieck for his performance in the C-Race. Jeremy gave the team our first win for 2013.
Most of you noted the race posting by Jim earlier. This is for the Waterford Hills race series. For those of you interested in racing and new to it I’d strongly recommend starting at Waterford. The course is a circuit without tight turns and as a result each lap becomes more familiar. These races are cool in that they count in your “points” towards getting an upgrade to Cat 4 from Cat 5. This is cool, especially since a number of you are masters age and if you want to do races that are your age bracket you have to be at least a cat 4. You can get upgraded by acquiring the right number of races under your belt (still 10 I believe but I’ll check) or getting high finishes in Cat 5 races.
Waterford is broken down into an A and B race. The B race will be plenty vigorous and is shorter in duration than the A race. Race tactics come in handy at Waterford especially. You can help your teammates and learn tactics or they can help you. If you aren’t in “race shape” still give it a try. The feet to race there is less than other races and if you get dropped they most usually let you sit in when lapped or if you sit up. You can still get a great workout and learn a ton.
Alex will be be at the B race as I’m sure a good number of other racers will be too. If you want to race contact him and he’ll fill you in. Unfortunately I am tied to work this weekend. Good luck to all.
Now, I also recommend getting a USCF license for the season. This will end up saving money as you avoid one day fees which can add up. Go to www.USACycling.org
Best wishes to all for a great season!
HEADS UP! RUBBER DOWN!
If you don’t have a jersey yet but want to race under the banner let someone know (me?) and we will try to find one for you to borrow in your size. (If you don’t get one but want to race tell the race director that you race for Team o2 but don’t have a kit yet. This will keep you in line with the rules.)
There will be a Tuesday Derby ride April 2nd at 6 PM. EJ will lead the C group which is great for someone who has never done the ride or is just starting their season. There will be a A and B group. Since it will be cold tomorrow my guess is there might be a combination of A/B ride. Ride goes out of Derby Middle school in Birmingham. Helmets are a Must! Please be considerate and kind to all riders.
Ready or not! Racers, we kick off the South East Michigan criterium season by supporting a series of races organized by the Flying Rhino Bicycle Club at Waterford Hills Raceway. The race flyer is attached below. Lets use the TRAINING races to give us a chance to begin working together toward our goals for the upcoming season.
Sunday at Kensington . Time 11:30. Park at first lot when entering from Kensington road (west boat launch). We will meet riders from other teams on top of hill by the ranger station. Cadieux will plan to ride up to three hours. You can go longer or shorter, up to you. We will be looping counter-clockwise between Kensington and Island Lake State Park. Bikes will be road or cx bikes with road tires. Jason Hess and his team may join us. This ride has included some intense interval work in the past, so be prepared. I hope you can make it . Should be fun.
Ride has been cancelled due to morning rain…