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2012Dartmouth

Dartmouth Weekend

Race Results


ITT

  • Men's D (33 starters)
    • 23rd - Dan
    • 24th - Tom
    • 30th - Calahan

Crit

  • Men's D (16 Starters)
    • DNF - Tom
    • DNF - Dan
    • 11th - Calahan
  • Men's C (48 Starters)
    • 37th - Brendan

Road Race

  • Men's D ( 12 Starters)
    • DNF - Dan
    • DNF - Calahan
    • Tom crashed out saturday, did not race due to mechanical
  • Men's C (14 Starters)
    • DNF - Brendan

Season to date

  • 45th - Villanova
  • 28th - Drexel (13th in D1)
  • 30th - UPenn (14th in D1)
  • 10th - Temple (5th in D1)

Race Reports


Dartmouth : I hate hills.

I need a drink. THE END...

I don't think I can allow myself to obstain from this report.

Well we left late (scheduled at 3pm) (Actual departure 5 ish). Plus a 6:40 hour trip through traffic. The super de duper Super 8 has been remodeled. Its rather nice now, new beds, carpets, light fixures, the works. I did notice that the breakfast buffet has not changed, similar muffins and honey glazed donuts ramain. Awesomeness. Its nice to know you can rely on two star motels. The races, well I'm sure your all curious to know.

Well due to a rain storm on friday, the courses were altered from the dirt ride splendor of last years debockle. The TT course envolved the same climb from the river to frat row and follow the same path to the TTT start two years ago. I know that I should have raced it, I knew the course better than most. But I had a feeling.

In the crit it seems like the clock of good fortune ran out. Tom and Dan went down in their race, accidental. A bad clip in from a recent upgrade nearly crashed me and four others out at the start. In typical fashion, I dropped off the back. Then fought to get back in. I was heckled for my chest hair in turn 3 at that point I was fully unzipped. With weather only in the 60s, you could have metaled steel standing within a foot of me. I was pulled a lap down with 4 to go (I think).

The Road Race actual was a new one for me. Not the dissimilar from west river and chaminoux, but worse. A long series of rollers topped by a long climb of varing grades. The elevation change similar to Black Mo (Penn State), but very punchy. The weather worked out nicely, mid 40s cold wind, and overcast... PREFECT. I was in great position from the start. The field consisted of 14 (12 would be in points). I was able to hold my position until the half way point of the climb, popping I had to labor up the hill. I reached the top in time to be passed by the solo leader in the C2 race. The Dartmouth rider (NORDIC Skier) had at least a minute on his field at the top. I worked to chase him. Hitting the descent, the roads were amazingly fun. 300 foot sight lines the entire way down concluding in a 270 degree turn at the bottom. I had made the choice to pull myself long before the bottom.

After DNFing the rest of the day was a blur. I do know there was some subway and burgerking and coffee.

I'm thinking Yards IPA.

-Brendan Diener


Dartmouth Race Report: The Event Horizon

Can humans breathe super-oxygenated water like in *The Abyss*?
What would be the most awesome way to die? Where did George Lucas go wrong?
These and many other questions were discussed by Brett, Calahan and I on
the way to our hotel in Vermont. These questions kept us so enthralled that
we made it 6+ hours without turning the radio on. To save valued sleeping
time, we only stopped once for snacksóleaving us to survive on cheese-its
and chocolate chip cookies. We arrived in Vermont a few minutes before
midnight. Brendan and Dan were only a couple hours ahead of us.

In the morning, the five of us quickly got ready for our first
race, the ITT. There seemed to be a lot of confusion about the course
length. The flier stated 3.75 miles with a finishing dirt/gravel climb (the
same as last year). The course was much shorter ~2miles with only one
climb in the beginning. Luckily the Dís were the first to test it out, so
we quickly spread the word to the higher categories. As for my TT, I didnít
do wellónot because of course length, but because of a lack of a warm up. I
rode the hill only once prior; I should have done it a couple more times. I
donít really like warming up on the trainer- something about it just
doesnít *feel* like riding a bike. I started out strong for the first 100
meters, but my legs quickly got tired. I tried to use the flat section
through the Dartmouth campus to recover, but I never could. There was a
confusing roundabout where I thought I made the wrong turn. I immediately
knew that it would be my own fault for not knowing the layout of the
course, luckily it was the correct turn.

I was excited for the crit; the weather was great, I did a proper warm up, I rode the course numerous times, and I wore my lucky blue socks. I was surprised by the low number of riders in my D field, only about 15 of us. Since the NYU guys werenít there, our next biggest threat was the UNH team with 5 riders. I had an unusual plan for this race: to dangle off the back of the group. I did not like how slow everyone was taking corners, so I would keep my distance and catch back up using my momentum or catch up on the brief hill. I had thoughts about making a break after the first preme, but I was nowhere near the front to make a move. With about 8 laps to go and after dropping many riders from the group, I started moving up. I saw Dan drifting off the back of the group and I wanted to remind him to grab a wheel or tell him to grab my wheel (so I could pull him to the group). Instead of yelling to him, as I approached, I decided to take my right hand off my bars to give him a friendly tap on the back. I had too much speed and got way too close to him. Our handlebars locked together. We had reached the event horizonóthe point of no return. Instinct told me to steer away from danger, but instinct was wrong. We hit the pavement pretty hard along the finishing stretch. I was furious at myself; I just completely ruined both our races. I made such a stupid mistake that could have been easily avoided. It was very embarrassing for me and the team. I couldnít help but think about what all the spectators thought when they saw two teammates (who were safely off the back of the group) completely wipe out on a straightaway. It really made me think hard about my abilities in general. Just a couple weeks earlier I thought about upgrading to Cís, and then I do something stupid like this. I canít apologize enough, Dan, for ruining your raceóyou had a good position in the pack and you looked like you could win it.

Damage report: broken SRAM Rival shifter [right]

After the race we went to a small convenience store for some lunch. The
employees were super nice. They showed a motherly concern when they saw my
bandages. This helped to get me in a better mood.

I didnít race on Sunday due to my mechanical, but I heard the
hill was torture. It claimed our entire team (excluding me, but it would
have if I had raced). I did hear that the descent was something I would
have loved; Dan noted his 48mph top speed.

I had a pretty shitty racing weekend, but I had a great time
with the team. Despite my misfortunes I learned that there are plenty of
nice people to help cheer me up and make me feel better.

-Tom Calcagni


ITT:
Went well - it was a really quick course! I got warmed up by riding
the course with two MIT women's B and C riders, and we did the gravel
road hill climb at the end of the course. I rode back to the finish,
thinking I knew what the course looked like... wrong! They shortened
it, taking out the last hill climb. So I got off to a medium fast
start, and just kept a steady pace - until I realized that I was
looking at the finish! Oops, better to ask if there are any changes in
the course beforehand!

Crit:
I started with 6 UNH riders in a field of 16 (seriously, cloning is illegal, guys), so they basically controlled the front the whole time, with the pack having the attitude "there's so many of them, why should we work?" I took turns at the front, and four of us tried to get a break before the first preem. Alas, it was not to be, and we were pulled back. I did get 4th in the preem, I was just trying to keep position at the front so if a break started to form, I could go with. With less than 7 to go (or something like that) Tom and I got tangled and went down at 23 mph on the flat. Luckily there wasn't anyone else around to run us over, and the EMTs were right there, so it wasn't too bad. It was a good day though, I felt really strong and fast, and was happy to try and keep up with the leaders. Calahan, Tom, and I went to the Hanover Co-op afterwards and got ice cream, so it was ok :)

RR:
Climbs were the order of the day. I got up the first time, and the second time of the huge wall. For most riders, the problem was that the wall wasn't a gradual rise - it had all these kickers that would throw you. I felt really great, but my feet would not warm up! I got cold feet! No really, it's the worst when you can't feel them. I wasn't warming up on the ascent (although I was sweating pretty good) and the headwind and 50 mph descent didn't help. At the beginning of the race, I was searching for my toe warmers, but realized I didn't bring them. Lesson learned: packing lists are key. I have a sort-of-maybe packing list right now, and I'm going to tighten it up so I'm taking more of the right stuff - you never know when the weather might change! Also, I'm taking next Friday off to drive up so I can get some decent rest. Brendan, I still have your water bottle! Got wedged under the seat.

-Dan Gray

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