• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

I pass this information along as a licensed Provincial C commissaire. 

If you are doing a time trial with an OCUP, Provincial, or National status, there will be a commisaire assigned to the bike check. Your TT bike must meet the OCA guidelines (which are based on the UCI guidelines) for a bike. Commisaires will be enforcing these new rules this year including an update as of May 1, 2014.  If you are not in Ontario, the expect the same to happen in your area following the guidelines of your regional organization (USAC in the US).

In summary, in addition to the usual bike check rules, the Handlebar Extensions and Seat position for TT bikes must meet at least one of the following conditions:

  1. Handlebar Extensions <= 75cm ahead of Bottom Bracket Center (BBC) and Seat >= 0cm behind BBC
  2. Or, 75cm < Handlebar Extensions <= 80cm ahead of BBC, and Seat >= 5cm behind BBC.
  3. Or, Rider Height >= 190cm, 80cm < Handlebar Extensions <= 85cm ahead of BBC, and Seat >= 5cm behind BBC.

Case (3) is a new morphological exception based on rider's height and allows longer extensions for tall riders. 

 

I am always amazed that when I get feedback on a blog post. Not so much anymore that people actually read some of the stuff I write. I endevour to post things I learn along the way. There is some 4+ years of archives on this site, and I sometimes go back and read some the old stuff to see how far I have come, and to remind myself how far I have yet to go (and how much I can't seem to be able to proofread).

This week I got feedback on my last post. Scott, at the track, sent me an email with a Youtube video from a TEDx of Natalie Dell O'Brien, an Olympic rowing Bronze medal winner on losing and how it adds perspective to training. I know all about losing. I do it enough. When I watched the video two thinks came to mind: something Ed Veal repeated during indoor training this winter and what happened at the Good Friday Road Race.

Ed, a two time Provincial Road champion, told us over and over again about how many races he lost. Sometimes you don't have it on the day or you make some mistakes in the race that cost the win. Secondly, I made some critical mistakes and completely underestimated the race in Ancaster, ON. Those mistake got me angry at myself in a way that drove me to consider what I did and how it was never going to happen again. The point being, the bad result fuelled my desire to push on and to learn from the experience rather than be upset about it.

So on that note, I offer the video on Losing to add perspective to your training.

 

 

There is an adage in racing that suggests in order to get faster, you have to ride with people faster than you. So many are chasing down the win on a lower rank races, never actually getting there, to work on speed. One has to be able to just hang on "to the big boys" perhaps in a category or two above, in order to win one's own category.

 

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