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Old July 27th 04, 11:29 PM
Walrus
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Unregistered Wrote:
Lap distance is almost exactly 1km. Fastest average speed I've had for
a 45 minute race is about 35 kph which hurt like hell. If you try
riding it solo, remember that in a race you would expect to average
maybe 5kph faster due to drafting and riders taking turns to do the
work.


By the way, racing is in the anti clockwise direction, ie opposite to
normal traffic [of which there is none during a race ]

Also watch out for (ie avoid) any furtive activity in the bushes if you
go there on a non race day - that's a different sort of scene
altogether!

What sort of rules apply in the race?


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Old July 27th 04, 11:34 PM
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By the way, racing is in the anti clockwise direction, ie opposite to
normal traffic [of which there is none during a race ]


What sort of rules apply in the race?


Ever see "Rollerball"?

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Old July 27th 04, 11:45 PM
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DRS Wrote:

Ever see "Rollerball"?



hehe. maybe not quite that bad and probably no love interest either.

was that James Caan?


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Old July 27th 04, 11:59 PM
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Walrus Wrote:
What sort of rules apply in the race?

I think we could advise the young fella away from that particular
course. The only reason clubs use it is because it is the only loop of
the right size close to the city. It's got a nasty hill in it (enough
to make you hurt after 30 mins) and a dangerous sharp off-camber corner
at the bottom of the hill, where plenty of people have scraped skin and
paint off over the years. The aggregate is rough and not fast, and
there's metal stoptap covers if you swing to wide on the aforesaid
corner (iirc).

Nice flat smooth courses are the ones Coburg run crits on in summer
(Barry Rd.), and Westgate Park (Footscray), also Doherty's Rd. in
Altona. All offer better cornering, and more chance to work on your
racing skills, rather than trying not to blow up on a hill, and washing
out on the corners.

Rules? No pushing, shoving, abusive language - all the usual. Don't
elbow people too hard. Don't run your front wheel into someone elses'
back wheel (or 'hook' them by coming round them and slowing down dead
in front), don't make a suicide breakaway 10 mins in (not a rule as
such, but liable not to work, and will get you laughed at, until you
are more experienced, or super strong), don't swear at the commissaire,
buy a Killer Python (or 3) at the end to support the club. Don't roll up
on an MTB, unless you are sure you can win on it. Don't wear long socks.
Don't wear black socks (damn you to hell, Lance Armstrong!!!). Wear a
helmet. Don't expectorate whilst riding onto other riders. Pull out if
you feel sick, and pretend it was a puncture. If you pull your foot and
accidentally kick another rider off their bike, offer to pay for their
medical and mechanical expenses. Have fun. Don't get too cocky if you
win, coz there's always someone faster and meaner out there ready to
grind you, whimpering and snivelling, into the tar

M"Crits are for summer"H


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Old July 28th 04, 01:03 AM
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DRS Wrote:

Ever see "Rollerball"?


hehe. maybe not quite that bad and probably no love interest either.

was that James Caan?


Yes.

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Old July 28th 04, 10:48 AM
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"flyingdutch" wrote
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DRS Wrote:

Ever see "Rollerball"?


hehe. maybe not quite that bad and probably no love interest either.

was that James Caan?


Yes.


They remade it not so long ago. Haven't seen the remake but it is probably
a pile of crap.

Fraser


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Old July 28th 04, 11:31 AM
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mfhor
It's got a nasty hill in it (enough to make you hurt after 30 mins)


hippy runs away

a dangerous sharp off-camber corner at the bottom of the hill

double time!

Nice flat smooth courses are the ones Coburg run crits on in summer

(Barry Rd.), and Westgate Park (Footscray), also Doherty's Rd. in
Altona. All offer better cornering, and more chance to work on your
racing skills, rather than trying not to blow up on a hill, and
washing out on the corners.

Another club calendar I have to remember to watch! :P

don't make a suicide breakaway 10 mins in (not a rule as such, but

liable not
to work, and will get you laughed at, until you are more experienced,



hehe.. works sometimes

don't swear at the commissaire,


Don't swear at anyone.

buy a Killer Python (or 3) at the end to support the club.


Mmm.. Powerbars..

Don't wear long socks.


Guilty. Watch me for the perfect example of cycling UN-fashion..

Don't wear black socks (damn you to hell, Lance Armstrong!!!).


WTF?! What is this one all about? Did I miss the updated rule book?

Don't expectorate whilst riding onto other riders.


Pull out if you feel sick, and pretend it was a puncture.


Don't pull out.. that's a waste of money. Just slow down and rejoin the

bunch if it comes by again. Only pull out if you've been lapped with 3
to go.

Crits are for summer


Hawthorn CC is fixing that. Pity Blackburn didn't run their winter
crits. I want
crits all year 'round.. and a WINTER TRACK SEASON!

hippy
Chief of Clan Wheelsucker ;-)


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