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Village at Winona Lake Road Race Results - Cat 5 28 miles

I think my theory on developing an immune-to-weight physiology might have some validity to it!  I not only kept up with the peloton, but kept up with moderate effort and didn't feel nearly as fatigued as I normally would during my solo rides.  During the last lap, I considered breaking away on the steepest climb about six miles from the finish line!  Although it was extremely tempting to breakaway, I held back because my number one goal was to finish with the pack.  I think it's also worth mentioning that during the uphill sprint to the finish, I passed about 10-12 people who ended up re-passing me because I had to slam on the brakes for some riders who were slowly approaching the finish line- not sure if they were even in the race...  Realistically, I would have been around 10th-12th place- still not enough for points to move up to Cat 3 so it's ok!

PRE RACE:
The Village at Winona Lake Road Race was one of the most well organized events I've gone to.  Registration was…

When is it OK to Stop Worrying About Bicycle Weight?

You might have noticed in my twitter updates that I recently bought a carbon fiber road bike to replace my heavier-than-most-steel-bikes Fuji Roubaix 3.0.  Honestly, my Fuji Roubaix 3.0 was a great bike, it just had some major drawbacks in race conditions.  Most of the problems involved the Sora groupset and the others involved the total weight and stiffness of the aluminum frame combined with a tiny... tiny bottom bracket shell.  I'll cover this in more detail with a full review on the Fuji Roubaix 3.0.


MY EXPERIENCE RACING ON A BIKE ~10 LBS HEAVIER THAN THE COMPETITION: With one bottle, my Fuji Roubaix 3.0 weighed 27 pounds and 29 pounds for those two-bottle 50+ mile rides.  I was at a clear disadvantage compared to the full carbon frames about ten pounds lighter- forget grams!  Being as determined as I was to be competitive despite this handicap, I raced on this bike anyway because in my mind, weight didn't really matter on flats and descents- it really only mattered in the…