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Race Report: Owasso State Championship Criterium Race

Race Report for the State Campionship Crit Race

The event was in downtown Owasso, OK. The course was a figure 8 sort of layout, with fairly narrow streets so the sprint runnout was also pretty narrow. Slight uphill in the straight section from corner 4 up to 5, so a slight downhill from corner 8 back to the finish. Weather was great–sunny with a very light north wind.

BG on race morning started in the 160s. As this was the state championship race, I had some extra nerves and despite an increase in basals to 120%, my BGs climbed through the 170s to 193 just prior to the start. Took a short bolus of insulin to help combat that and drank only electrolyte (no carb) replacements with my water throughout the race.

54 racers started. Corner 3 had some water in it which the race organizers feverishly tried to dry out with leaf blowers, but despite these efforts there were multiple slide outs through this (and corner 6-7) that resulted in some broken bikes and a broken collar bone of a fellow competitor.

I had a flat with my front tire on the first lap going into corner 5 and rode it around back to the wheel pit–switched out wheels and was ready to go when the group came around for lap 2.

midway through Cat 4 Crit State Championship, photo courtesy of Rob Ragan

Rode mid-pack (20-30th?) for about 25 minutes. There were two guys off the front, so coming out of corner 4 I surged up to the top 5 and moved to the front through the next lap. Surged coming out of corner 4 again and bridged up to the first two (one of which had been shelled and was coming backwards) coming out of corner 8 headed back to the finish line.
Worked with the leader through the rest of the race to stay away from the chase group, which had split into a group of about 10 riders, a 30 second gap, and then the rest of the remaining field.

With two to go, another racer bridged up to me (riding about 5 seconds behind the leader for the last 3 laps) and then made a move with 1 to go, eventually beating out the race leader on the line by about half a wheel. I followed closely behind to secure a 3rd place finish, with a gap and then the chase group of 10 sprinting for 4th place.

Between nerves and me riding anaerobically when I was off the front with the other racer left me with a finishing BG of 279. A small bolus quickly had me back down to 102 about 35 minutes after the race.

3rd place podium spot

A great race and am looking forward to the road race state championship a few weeks from now!

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Tags: 4, bicycles, bikes, cat, crit, criterium, cycling, iv, podium, racing

Comment by jrtpup on August 21, 2012 at 1:42pm

Whoot!! Big congrats! I can't begin to imagine the work and dedication that goes into preparing for a super-race like this. Amazing BG management too ;) Kudos Bradford.

Comment by acidrock23 on August 21, 2012 at 4:49pm

Awesome! Way to go Bradford! I think that at this time of year, particularly on the weekend, w/ lots of runners doing longer runs for longer races, that bicyclists look happier when they go zooming by on the trails!! Congratuations on the finish!

Comment by Bradford on August 22, 2012 at 6:35am

Thanks guys! It was a fast/hard race, but it was a lot of fun.

And yeah AC any time someone's got two wheels under them I think they're happier than those long distance runners :-D
You have any running races coming up for which you're training? Or you just doing some maintenance running right now?

Comment by acidrock23 on August 22, 2012 at 6:52am
Chicago Marathon 100712 and a half in early September, betweem 2x 20 mile training runs, to get back in "race" mode although @ 10 min/ mile I'm not exactly "racing"!
Comment by Unknown Diabetic on August 22, 2012 at 10:29am


Comment by Bradford on August 23, 2012 at 5:52am

Nice AC! Good luck with the marathon and half mary! I haven't done any long distance running in a while now but reading about your races is giving me a bit of that itch...I might have to jump back up and do another 1/2 this next year!

Comment by acidrock23 on August 23, 2012 at 9:00pm

Last weekend (18 miles) I pulled over for a pit stop and ran into a buddy, a guy with whom I'd run a bit last year (mrs guy had tunk then and now "promoted" to T1...they ran Milwaukee!) and we were commiserating that a 1/2 is a really reasonable distance, still a challenge that knackers you but less of a grueling commitment than the 26.2 lifestyle. As long as I get a decent time this year...heh heh heh...


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