Is it possible to HYPE nationals five days after it's over? I'm not sure. But I started looking at these numbers and I got psyched for the 2016-17 'cross season, so it was good for something.
I wrote about the crossresults vs USAC predictions last week, but now we can look at what actually happened!
The problem is that you really can't judge the quality of a prediction off a single trial. Take, for example, my latest favorite thing to hate: Powerball. Anyone who bought a Powerball ticket I would predict to lose. However, some people won Powerball -- but that doesn't mean the prediction that they were going to lose Powerball was the wrong prediction, right?
Nevertheless, it's fun to look at, anyway. Let's go.
Katie Compton collected her 12th title in a row, but Georgia Gould gave her the toughest run for her money she's gotten in a long time. Guess whose got two thumbs and a website that predicted Georgia on the podium? this guyyy…
So, are you a cyclist? Do you have a blog? If you answered "yes" to both of these questions, I hope you've already written your March Training Blog Post.
You know what I'm talking about. To make it easier for those of you who haven't yet written the required cycling-blogger March Training Post, here is a handy template. Just cut and paste the text and then choose whichever option from the brackets [option1|option2], or add in the details [something vague] for whatever fits your training more accurately, and BAM, blog post DONE!
Early Spring Training Post Template
Just a [quick|surprisingly detailed] update about how training is going this year, in case any of the [joke about small number of readers] care. This week I've done [15 hours|30 hours] in the saddle, [getting up at 4 am|returning after 8pm] each time. It's been pretty chilly out there-- 5 below [celsius|fahrenheit] when I [started|finished] yesterday, but I'm toughing it out because [I…
After twelve years of bike racing, it's increasingly rare that I run into an experience that's novel enough I feel compelled to write about it (what's up, blog that hasn't been touched in six months!). But, much to my surprise, fresh amateur bike racing experiences still DO exist in my life! And I had one this weekend.
I headed down to the UConn Mansfield Madness criterium with no less than five teammates in the Men's 3/4 race, which was already a pretty fresh experience, since usually the B2C2 road squad can be counted on one hand with enough extra fingers to hold a wine glass (except that one time!). As is traditional, we had already gotten our money's worth via several hours of circular prerace discussion about RACE TACTICS by the time the whistle blew, even though THE TACTICS basically boiled down to "get in a break with Matt Shaffer."
Shaffer is one of those guys who is briefly passing through the cat 3 field on his way to cat 1. He's not…