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 Post subject: Re: Action - pictures !
PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:16 am 
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Another flat, hot, humid criterium in the UAE. My team worked really well and only a bit of bad luck prevented a podium place.

A group of 6 got away early on and me and a team mate bridged across. with most of the 8 in the break working at first we got a decent gap.

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About half distance people started messing around. I attacked the break, was caught and then my teammate got away with two others and got a minute ahead of us pretty quick.
All good - until he falls off :roll:

I drop back to the peloton and we hit the front as a team. Managed to bring back the break with 10km to go but i was pretty spent - Our sprinter was 4th i think.

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 Post subject: Re: Action - pictures !
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:13 pm 
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Sorry for the question, but Im too curious to hear a first hand experience; years ago I heard that in UAE the amateur races would have decent money prizes, is it true or just a myth?


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Yes, it's true, but not exactly cash. First place, use of an oil well until the same race next year. Second place, a barrel of oil. Third place, a litre of petrol.


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 Post subject: Re: Action - pictures !
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micky wrote:
Sorry for the question, but Im too curious to hear a first hand experience; years ago I heard that in UAE the amateur races would have decent money prizes, is it true or just a myth?



So far i've won two races and each time picked up a cheque for 300AED - About 60euros so not too bad. I was happier in France where i'd win bottles of (sometimes very decent) wine.

There are special races every now and then though - i've not done one yet but just before i arrived there was the "Ramadan Criterium" where the winner (a guy who has also won a couple of times this season) picked up more than 5,000 euros...

There's another special race planned for the 26th of December but i won't be there for that one either - This one is to celebrate 50 years of oil production in the UAE or something similar so HammerTime2's prizes might be possible :lol:


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My first CX race ever. Good fun, but my lower back muscles were just ruined from my first run in three years Thursday :-) Hopefully I can only get better..

Lars Petter Nordhaug (Belkin) was superior and won. He even stopped for a coffee and a beer mid-way.

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Picture from one of my last races of this 2013.
Wonderful location, just pity for the grey skies.

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First CX race.....one of the few on a SS cross bike, which ended up being a mistake!!

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My first CX race ever. Good fun, but my lower back muscles were just ruined from my first run in three years Thursday :-) Hopefully I can only get better..


Is it you in the front or the rear? If the front, you need one hand on the top tube on that carry so the bike doesn't bounce around and you possibly lose the chain when it comes to remount. Otherwise, congrats on your first CX race! You'll be hooked soon :beerchug:

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Another from the race this weekend

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More UAE racing:

Team controlling the front
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Making it difficult out of a dead turn - Didn't work but fun to try to get 5 of us away...
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Got away with the UAE national champion with 30km to go - the gap never got larger than 40s but we held on to the end - he got me in the sprint :evil:
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Is it you in the front or the rear? If the front, you need one hand on the top tube on that carry so the bike doesn't bounce around and you possibly lose the chain when it comes to remount. Otherwise, congrats on your first CX race! You'll be hooked soon :beerchug:


Thanks ;-) Me in the front. I was too tired to even consider carrying the bike. I was on the small ring and have a chain catcher, low chance of the chain coming off and I wasn't going all that fast..


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CX Race at Sierra Point. I did the C's in the AM, and the B's at night under the lights.

Grid position counts for a lot. B Race I was front row, finished 8th of 55.

Race C I was somewhere in the back 1/3rd of the race, and finished oh a lap down.
Spotted Jmilliron in the B Race, I assume he had a mechanical, as he blasted past me and I was sure there were not a
lot of people behind me.

100 racers in the B race - That was a painful blast.

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