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…
Note that this is NOT the 24 Hours of Great GlenRace Report. 24HOGG delivered another AMAZING race weekend that reminded me how much I love this event and why it keeps going strong in its 19th year, long after the 24-hour craze of the 90s has faded. I will be back in 2015, and you should be too!
update: I made a second post that answers some questions and has some more info.
The only individual prizes you can get at a team 24 hour race are the "Fastest Lap" and "Fastest Night Lap" prizes. If you're a serious racer (which most people at this race AREN'T), you pay attention to this stuff. Back when I used to do the race on the Back Bay Team, we'd fight over who got to ride 2nd because it was the "hot lap spot" -- the first rider on the course who didn't have to do the Le Mans start. This was better than going 3rd or 4th on your team because lapped traffic quickly started appearing -- your best bet at taking "fastest lap" …