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Race jcrc gunma csc spring race report

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  1. andywood

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    jcrc gunma csc race report

    the spring jcrc race on sunday

    60km
    10 laps
    of the hilly circuit

    rain clears for dry but windy conditions

    last year I escaped with 8 laps to go

    watching the spring classics

    Terpstra and then Sagan

    gets me excited to do the same again...

    but it's a stronger field this year...

    I talk with Bandai san at the start
    "let's escape!" says he
    "we need to be patient" says I

    my training is largely TT work

    10 km or 15 minutes of fast all out effort

    I'm thinking two laps to go
    is the time for me to go...

    3,2,1 Go!

    so I'm surprised to find myself chasing the lead motorbike

    can't beat the adrenaline buzz!

    once the flag is dropped

    I drop the hammer!

    driving the pace
    determined to break it up

    I've been riding this course for years

    but I've never felt so fast on the descents

    that's TT training for you

    the climb is a different matter though

    damage limitation
    as lighter riders accelerate out of the saddle

    for 5 laps I attack repeatedly

    sometimes I get a decent gap
    I think I can hold it

    but team Shido are strong and breach

    with Kenta san and Bandai san too

    I keep at it though
    hoping one move will stick

    with three laps to go I realize it's time to put it all into the last two laps

    I neck a gel
    take off the arm warmers

    I plan to go on the descent after the home straight

    but at the top of the home straight
    Okinawa champ Nakao san makes his move

    I try to follow

    chasing him on the descent in the 53x11

    nobody behind me

    I get close
    but he's flying

    I sense someone on my wheel

    his team Shido teammate
    and then another

    these guys are on good form

    of course they won't work
    sitting on

    we hit the climb

    one guy goes

    and then the other

    1 lap to go

    3 up the road

    destined for a mapei 123 finish

    I'm caught by a group of 8

    we somehow catch the 2nd and 3rd Shido riders

    I know I won't be able to go with them

    as they put it all out on the climb

    8 guys up the road for the sprint for 2nd place

    I almost catch them
    but would have nothing to give anyway

    2nd or 10th doesn't really matter

    Nakao san was a worthy winner
    putting 30s into everyone by the finish

    his two teammates did an excellent ride too

    happy with my ride

    I wanted to try and make the race

    and I think I did that

    I have good form for my target TTs

    and had a great time today

    next up moniwa TT in 2 weeks

    bring it on!

    Andy

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    Why does JCRC make everyone wear those ridiculous helmet covers?
     
  4. andywood

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    I for one don't mind the covers as it is less hassle than pinning on numbers.

    And you don't get the associated waste.

    Also, they are a good idea when you have different categories racing together as it easy to understand what's going on with different coloured helmets.

    The timing chips they use are also user friendly with a velcro strap, no need for plastic ties.

    Eco racing!

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    Great racing Andy and great report as usual. Sounds like a buzz. How many people were racing yesterday? How'd the kids get on?
     
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    They aren't as hot as they look? Seems like they'd turn a $200 helmet into a $30 helmet.

    I can totally agree with using velcro chip straps. I've used those from time to time. They do tend to slip more, though.

    Pinning numbers is definitely a pain. Those little magnets are nice, though.
     
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    Nice work and great report as usual.

    Watching a few youtube vids of that course it looks like the surface is an absolute state.

    Is that down to rattling camera work or is it really all ripped up and cracked everywhere?
     
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    Not so many unfortunately. The JCRC races seem to be losing popularity. Which is a shame. But on the other hand, with several small races, you get to ride in a safer group with riders of similar ability.

    Kids were 3rd in their respective categories. The winners of these races are full on serious with a bit too much pressure from mum and dad for my liking!

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    Unless they are strict, like the old gits in baseball caps that is the JBCF (!), I often don't bother pinning numbers anymore. Ruined far too many jerseys that way.

    The helmet covers are quite toasty! I was laughing on the line as I was wearing a road aero helmet. Like you say, all that cash down the pan!

    Velcro straps are nice and secure, so far no issues...

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    Looks like a great set of races with some beginner races; unfortunately it's a 2+ hours away for me :-(
     
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    Cheers! I only write these reports to keep @theBlob entertained!

    Road surface is not too bad, But the Gunma Cycle Sports Centre is a typical Japanese 1970s theme park in need of some care and attention.

    A nice layer of smooth tarmac would make what is already a fast and thrilling course even faster.

    Being 1000m up on the top of a hill, snow melt and debris is more of an issue at this time of year. So you have to be a bit conservative with tyre choice.

    2 of my mates punctured in their races. Although Bandai the monster fought back on to win his morning race!

    So yes, a bit rough, but not too bad, perhaps not as smooth as the other CSC at Shuzenji, and if you want velvet smooth, get your bike onto one of the car racing circuits such as Motegi or Fuji Speedway. Amazing the difference the road surface makes on those courses!

    Andy

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    Perhaps the Japan CSC (Sep 2nd) at Shuzenji, Shizuoka is nearer?

    Shimosa (Dec 2nd) in Narita is also a nice course.

    I drove 7 hours to Shimosa in January for a 12 minute time trial!

    Nuts?

    You bet!

    Andy

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    FWIW, you're keeping this newbie lurker entertained, too. I don't know much about riding and certainly am nowhere near your class, but getting a glimpse into what's going on in your races is real Boy's Own sort of stuff. I love it! Thank you.
     
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    I love 'em too, keep the race reports coming.

    Andy, how hard / sketchy are the beginner cats at these races?

    It looks like there's a race in Saitama that is less than 30 minutes from my house, with a 'beginner' category.
    But I was looking at some beginner races on Youtube, and it looked pretty tough for 'beginners'.
    Also, the course for the youtube vidoes I was looking it looked -really- narrow, which looks like a recipe for carnage...

     
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    Great read as usual! :tup Seems the boys have your number now. Time to try a different tactic? Not that I have a clue what that might be!:flip:
     
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    How hard a race is is largely dependent on the course.

    The course you are looking at there is Shimosa in Narita. It's a gently rolling, non technical easy course.

    I and my two boys have done TTs on that course. They'll be the first to tell you that you "don't need brakes!".

    How sketchy it is is largely dependent on the number of riders on the course.

    Shimosa is not very wide and might be a bit stressful in a packed RR like you say.

    My advice would be give it a try and see how you like it.

    Andy

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    Cheers! I agree. I think they are on to me! But as much as I love TTs it's a very conservative effort. So the odd RR I do, I want to let my hair down and party!

    Andy

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    Time to flip the script?

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    Reading his blog it seems he was determined to get revenge after I and two team mates worked him over 2 years ago!

    I was trying to help my friend Adachi san to win at that time. Adachi cracked in the end. So I went with one lap to go, almost catching a solo escapee metres from the line...

    Nakao san's report from that race is here:

    http://shun-shido.hatenablog.com/entry/2016/04/18/000616

    His face as 4th man on the podium is a picture!

    This time it was roles reversed. He had 3 men and I was alone.

    In hindsight I should have talked it through with Bandai san and put a proper plan down.

    Will do next time for sure!

    Andy

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