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Dunnigan Hills Road Race 35+ 4

Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report: by Chris Grove

Race: Dunnigan Hills
Date: 8/13/2011
Category/Field Size: Men Cat 4B 35+. 29 racers.
Team Mates: Chris and Felix

Weather/Course Description: Weather was nice. This is the first race I have done where I haven’t started out in some sort of cold weather gear. No significant wind. The course had a fair amount of rollers but nothing big enough to separate out the group. The course was 46 minus 3 miles long (more on that later).

Race Plan:
Felix and I talked about a few plans. We initially thought we would launch several attacks but we decided that it would be best if Felix sat in towards the front while I stayed as protected as possible while looking for an attack or two to join.

Race: Our B group rode pretty fast (we started 5 minutes after the A group but finished only a few minutes behind them). There were several attacks butRead More »Dunnigan Hills Road Race 35+ 4

Central Coast Circuit Race 35+ 4-5

Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report: by Chris Grove

Race: Central Coast Circuit Race
Date: 7/2/2011
Category / Field Size: 35+ 4-5, about 14 racers.
Team Mates: Army of One

Weather / Course Description: Weather was foggy and cool at the start of the race. The sun came out during the race only to get cold and foggy again at the end.

I like the course description from carpool teammate Matt C, so I am going to insert that here:

5 laps around a 4.3 mile up and down course with the longest climb being 90 seconds and 4/10 of a mile. In the back section of the course, there are a series of three stair step short climbs. At the end of the third climb, there is a right hand turn that drops down 7/10 of a mile to a right hand turn. After the turn it’s flat for 100 meters before another right hand turn for a 200 meter 3% grade uphill finish.

Race Plan: With a small field size I knew I was going to have to keep a close eye out for attacks because there may not be enough firepower left in the peloton to chase them down. Also there wouldn’t be as many riders strung out to leap frog my way back to the attack.

Race: The first 3 laps were mostly Read More »Central Coast Circuit Race 35+ 4-5

BP May Crit Elite 4 and 35+ 3/4

Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report: by Chris Grove

Race: Bicycles Plus May Crit
Date: 5/28/2011
Category / Field Size: Elite 4, Masters 30+ 3-4, 78+ racers in each race.
Team Mates Elite 4: Chris (report writer) and Todd
Team Mates 35+ 3/4: Chris (report writer) and Patrick

Weather / Course Description: Cool, overcast, occasional sprinkles, with a headwind going into the final sprint.

Race Plan: Stay towards the front and try to get a lead out sprint going at the end.

Race:

Elite 4 Race Report: This race was crowded but provided an excellent Read More »BP May Crit Elite 4 and 35+ 3/4

Golden State Race Series Crit and Circuit 30+ 4/5

Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report: by Chris Grove

Race: Golden State Race Series Day 1 (Crit race) and Day 2 (Circuit race)
Date: May 21st and 22nd, 2011
Category/Field Size: 30+ 4/5. 54 racers for the Crit race and 66 racers for the Circuit race.
Team Mates: Chris Grove (report writer) and Patrick Peters

Weather/Course Description: Sunny. Probably the high 60s to low 70s. The course is very flat and very fast. There are several turns but all of them can be taken at full speed.

Race Plan: Have Patrick stay in the pack to setup for a sprint finish while I looked for break opportunities.

Golden State Race Start - Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team

Chilling at the starting line

Crit Race:

As the race got going I looked around but didn’t see Read More »Golden State Race Series Crit and Circuit 30+ 4/5

Sea Otter Circuit Race Elite 5

Body Concepts Bicycle Race Team – Race Report: by Chris Grove

Race: Sea Otter Circuit Race
Date: 4/16/2011
Category/Field Size: Elite 5, 30-40 racers
Team Mates: Chris Grove (Army of One)

Weather/Course Description: Cool morning with an 8:00am start time. Riding the Laguna Seca race track. Pot holes everywhere!!! Not really. The track is in excellent condition.

Race Plan: Stay towards the front and look to get myself in a good position to sprint at the finish.

Race:
From just racing last night I was feeling lethargic this morning. To counter that, I wanted to line up at the very front and do the initial lead up to the top of the corkscrew. I figured that if I take the Read More »Sea Otter Circuit Race Elite 5