Shorewood Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 1

June 16, 2011 at 11:48 pm Leave a comment

Today was the first day of the Tour of America’s Dairyland, 11 consecutive days of racing all over southeastern Wisconsin. First, the thing that probably amazed me most about today … I had to wear arm warmers and the temperature dropped into the 50s by the end of the race. Keep in mind that summer is supposed to start in a few days! Here is a picture of the temperature after the race:

59 degrees by the end of the race … at the beginning of summer???

Annotated map of the race. Here is the Strava link – http://app.strava.com/rides/750355

SHOREWOOD CRITERIUM - STRAVA LAP DATA
Name 	Dist 	Speed 	Power 	   HR 	   Time 
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	26.3 mph 378 watts 163 bpm 0:02:57
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 412 watts 173 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.1 mph 438 watts 178 bpm 0:02:46
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 441 watts 179 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 423 watts 179 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.1 mph 417 watts 182 bpm 0:02:46
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.6 mph 431 watts 179 bpm 0:02:49
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.8 mph 429 watts 177 bpm 0:02:48
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 413 watts 180 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 405 watts 178 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 438 watts 178 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 417 watts 175 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	29.0 mph 458 watts 177 bpm 0:02:41
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 443 watts 175 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.1 mph 420 watts 172 bpm 0:02:46
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 418 watts 177 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.1 mph 388 watts 174 bpm 0:02:52
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.8 mph 404 watts 174 bpm 0:02:48
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.9 mph 409 watts 174 bpm 0:02:47
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.3 mph 415 watts 174 bpm 0:02:45
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 423 watts 174 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	26.8 mph 399 watts 171 bpm 0:02:54
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	29.7 mph 465 watts 173 bpm 0:02:37
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.9 mph 410 watts 175 bpm 0:02:47
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	29.3 mph 450 watts 182 bpm 0:02:39
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	26.2 mph 371 watts 179 bpm 0:02:58
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.0 mph 379 watts 176 bpm 0:02:53
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.6 mph 396 watts 181 bpm 0:02:49
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.6 mph 437 watts 180 bpm 0:02:43
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	27.6 mph 452 watts 180 bpm 0:02:49
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	28.4 mph 474 watts 183 bpm 0:02:44
1 Lap	1.3 mi 	30.3 mph 446 watts 187 bpm 0:02:34

And now for the race report, the course was a classic four-corner rectangular course with a chicane shortly after Turn #3. The road between Turns #1 and #2 was really rough. There were cracks, bumps, manhole covers, and more along the entire road. There was one bump high enough to launch you (and your bike) a few inches off the ground. I went over it a lot because it was one of the places to pass people. The rest of the course was pretty good pavement except for dips and bumps around manhole covers.

I started towards the front of the group and fought hard to stay there. I was a little tentative since this was my first criterium after my bad wreck at Sandy Springs. I decided to stay on the inside of all corners to maximize safety even if it meant having to accelerate hard out of corners. Still, there were a few close calls including one near-miss where the rider in front of me slammed on his brakes hard enough to lift the rear of his bike a couple feet off the ground essentially doing a reverse wheelie on his front wheel. I thought for sure he was going down and taking me with him, but he kept it upright.

Towards the end of the race, I was able to move all the way up to the very front. I think people were getting tired. With 3 laps to go, I got a bit swarmed though and never could move back up to the front. I fought to maintain my position and then passed a bunch of people at the end who had sat up. I’m hoping I squeezed into the top 30, although points were only awarded 20 deep. There is always tomorrow!

Here is my iBike power data:

This race was in Shorewood, Wisconsin – a northern suburb of Milwaukee. Beautiful town right along Lake Michigan. Check out the pics below:

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AT power estimated by critical power curve in Golden Cheetah, which predicts I should be able to maintain 315 watts for 1 hour.

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