Posts tagged ‘criterium’

Tour de Tuscaloosa Criterium

Criterium race summary
First criterium of the year – fast, strong field – happy with a top 5 finish. I went with a good break on the second or third lap, but I was outnumbered with some really good sprinters – I believe Andy Crater, Emile Abraham, and Frank Travieso were all in this break so I wasn’t very committed to it knowing that I wouldn’t stand a chance in the sprint against those guys. When we got caught, my teammate Pat Allison launched himself into the next move. A couple laps later, they were caught just as Joey Rosskopf (Team Type I Sanofi) and Oscar Clark (United Healthcare of Georgia) slipped away in a perfectly timed attack. I missed the move, but I was near enough to the front by the bottom of the hill to attack to try to bridge. This didn’t work as I never got a good gap and just ended up pulling the field for the last third of a lap. On the next lap, Frank Travieso (Team Coco’s) attacked hard and got a gap solo. I attacked and bridged up to him right as we caught Johnny Brizzard (Subaru) who had also been off the front chasing. We were closing in on the leaders, but the field was closing in on us so we gave up the chase. At this point, I was pretty cooked and slid to the back part of the field with maybe 6 or 7 long laps left in the race. When I saw three laps to go, I started moving up and made it up close to the front by the bottom of the hill on the last lap. Frank Travieso launched like a missile at the bottom of the hill – which then detonated the field as everyone panicked to try to catch him. I ended up in good position by the top of the hill but still maybe 10 riders back from the front. I swung out a little left and attacked to move up. A second or two later, three riders moved over in front of me to start their sprint before the second to last turn. I immediately latched onto this mini-train and came around the last two turns in 4th position in the field and ended up passing one rider to take 5th for the race – with Joey up the road taking a solo win and Frank just ahead of the field taking 2nd. My teammate Pat Allison came in just behind me for 6th. Kristine did some amazing cheering and got a good video of the finish and some from earlier in the race – will post these tomorrow after the road race.

March 24, 2012 at 9:58 pm 2 comments

Six Gap Criterium Race Report

Race summary
Excellent course in downtown Dahlonega. Excellent way to end the season winning three primes, although I repeated my Pepper Crit mistake from 2008 of confusing the last lap of the race with the suicide prime. I thought we still had one lap to go and was going to forego the suicide prime in favor of an attack on the hill to try to win the field sprint. Unfortunately, it was actually the last lap! Oh well, that mistake lit a fire under me for the 2009 season so I am hoping this bodes well for a really good 2012 season!

2011-09-24 Six Gap Criterium power map

Power/heatrate data
While the course in downtown Dahlonega was an excellent technical course, it made for some goofy Strava lap times as the laps overlapped each other. I tried my best to pick out the lap splits, but I think there may be a couple missing laps. I goofed up the final sprint thinking that the bell lap was for the suicide prime when it was actually the final lap. I was all ready to attack on the hill for the last lap but realized that the race was over … what a sinking feeling. Also, my heartrate monitor has been acting up and it took a few laps before it started picking up the correct heartrate.

Lap 1  0.5 mi 23.3 mph 364 watts 115 bpm 0:01:23 Bad HR
Lap 2  0.5 mi 26.2 mph 269 watts 115 bpm 0:01:14 Bad HR
Lap 3  0.5 mi 25.5 mph 301 watts 114 bpm 0:01:16 Bad HR
Lap 4  0.5 mi 26.9 mph 268 watts 112 bpm 0:01:12 Bad HR
Lap 5  0.5 mi 24.5 mph 259 watts 125 bpm 0:01:19 Bad HR
Lap 6  0.5 mi 27.7 mph 310 watts 182 bpm 0:01:10 Bad HR
Lap 7  0.5 mi 24.5 mph 169 watts 166 bpm 0:01:19 HR OK
Lap 8  0.5 mi 24.2 mph 265 watts 164 bpm 0:01:20 
Lap 9  0.5 mi 27.3 mph 414 watts 172 bpm 0:01:11 
Lap 10 0.5 mi 25.5 mph 250 watts 180 bpm 0:01:16 
Lap 11 0.5 mi 24.5 mph 269 watts 170 bpm 0:01:19 
Lap 12 0.5 mi 28.1 mph 349 watts 180 bpm 0:01:09 
Lap 13 0.5 mi 27.7 mph 444 watts 183 bpm 0:01:10 $100 Prime
Lap 14 0.5 mi 26.9 mph 305 watts 189 bpm 0:01:12 Chasing
Lap 15 0.5 mi 25.8 mph 317 watts 186 bpm 0:01:15 Chasing
Lap 16 0.5 mi 23.9 mph 268 watts 178 bpm 0:01:21 Chasing
Lap 17 0.5 mi 25.1 mph 220 watts 174 bpm 0:01:17 Caught
Lap 18 0.5 mi 24.5 mph 240 watts 168 bpm 0:01:19 
Lap 19 0.5 mi 25.8 mph 230 watts 167 bpm 0:01:15 
Lap 20 0.5 mi 21.5 mph 153 watts 161 bpm 0:01:30 
Lap 21 0.5 mi 25.8 mph 294 watts 165 bpm 0:01:15 
Lap 22 0.5 mi 25.8 mph 251 watts 184 bpm 0:01:15 
Lap 23 0.5 mi 25.5 mph 329 watts 180 bpm 0:01:16 
Lap 24 0.6 mi 24.5 mph 236 watts 173 bpm 0:01:19 
Lap 25 0.5 mi 25.8 mph 203 watts 169 bpm 0:01:15 
Lap 26 0.5 mi 26.2 mph 266 watts 165 bpm 0:01:14 
Lap 27 0.5 mi 25.1 mph 291 watts 176 bpm 0:01:17 
Lap 28 0.5 mi 27.3 mph 404 watts 181 bpm 0:01:11 $50 Prime
Lap 29 0.5 mi 22.0 mph 177 watts 179 bpm 0:01:28 
Lap 30 0.5 mi 24.8 mph 266 watts 169 bpm 0:01:18 
Lap 31 0.5 mi 28.5 mph 261 watts 170 bpm 0:01:08 
Lap 32 0.5 mi 26.9 mph 246 watts 171 bpm 0:01:12 
Lap 33 0.5 mi 26.2 mph 216 watts 167 bpm 0:01:14 
Lap 34 0.5 mi 27.7 mph 285 watts 171 bpm 0:01:10 
Lap 35 0.5 mi 25.1 mph 225 watts 171 bpm 0:01:17 
Lap 36 0.5 mi 28.5 mph 386 watts 180 bpm 0:01:08 $50 Prime
Lap 37 0.5 mi 25.1 mph 217 watts 181 bpm 0:01:17 
Lap 38 0.5 mi 22.5 mph 235 watts 175 bpm 0:01:26 
Lap 39 0.5 mi 25.5 mph 243 watts 166 bpm 0:01:16 
Lap 40 0.5 mi 26.9 mph 245 watts 168 bpm 0:01:12 
Lap 41 0.5 mi 28.5 mph 282 watts 167 bpm 0:01:08 
Lap 42 0.5 mi 31.7 mph 525 watts 182 bpm 0:01:01 Missed $150
More laps???      

2011-09-24 Six Gap Criterium power plot

2011-09-24 Six Gap Criterium pedal force

September 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm Leave a comment

Pensacola Stage Race Day 2 – Criterium and Overall

Criterium Summary
What a great day for Tria Cycling! My teammate Pat Allison took the win from a 2-man break hopefully moving up into the top 10 on the GC based on the time differential and time bonuses on offer for the stage. Another teammate, Sammy Flores, took the field sprint for 3rd place in the race. I was just two spots behind him for 5th place in the crit wrapping up a 5th place overall in the GC. I also won a prime for a Park Tool Bike Stand with about 8 laps to go.

The Details
The race started out interestingly as the rider to my left slipped off his pedal trying to clip in and plowed into my foot with his foot and then into my rear wheel with his front wheel. This is why it is so important to make sure your rear skewer is pointed correctly up the seat stay so that another riders wheel and/or spoke doesn’t get caught in the skewer and pull you down. Fortunately, I don’t believe there was any damage to my wheel, but I went from the third row near the front to near the back of the pack by the first turn. The course was really wide, however, and I had moved back up to the front by near the end of the second lap.

By the start of the fourth lap, I was in a good position to attack to try to bridge across to a small break that had gone up the road on the second or third lap. I attacked hard through the start/finish going into the first turn. I nearly lost it over the bricks but recovered to find myself with three chase group companions – Tim Reagan (Herring Gas), Michael McBrien (Subaru), John Hart (Friends of the Great Smokies). We were joined half a lap later by another rider who had bridged across. We worked well together and stayed away for almost 4 laps averaging 27.5mph along the way. Kristine got this video of a couple of the laps of that early break:

Behind us, there was a hard chase by the GC contenders who didn’t want to see me get up the road to get time back that I had lost in the time trial the day before. Once we were caught, my teammate Pat Allison launched a strong attack that was perfectly timed, but there was still too many people fresh and the field brought it back each time. The next few laps saw a few attacks being brought back. Then Pat launched a nice solo move through the start/finish. Another rider from Velobrew was either already up the road or saw the move and bridged across to Pat. It was a bit confusing because some riders were already being lapped and weren’t being pulled from the course. So it was hard to tell who was up the road from the field and who was being lapped. In any case, Pat eventually merged with the Velobrew rider and the two of them worked to establish a 47 second lead. With lap times of just over 1’30”, they were halfway around the course to lapping the field before our pace picked up in the field.

John Hart (FGS) attacked several times to try to get away and chase, but each move was brought back by GC contenders intent on conserving their lead. The field pace was slow because of the short attacks and catches. But then there were a few attacks from GC contenders that saw our pace ramp way up as I and others chased them down. Shortly after these attacks, the promoters rang the bell for the park bike stand as a field prime. Nobody attacked throughout the course so coming down the straightaway before the last turn, I attacked hard (1088watts) up the inside. I thought for sure somebody in the field would have grabbed my wheel to go for the prime so as I sprinted full speed to the finish line I was crossing the gap to my teammate up the road. By the time I made it to the finish line, I already had nearly a 10 second gap with the field just making the turn around the final corner.

At this point, I debated for a second that maybe I should try to finish the bridge to my teammate. I quickly realized, though, that the field would chase hard until I was caught possibly leading it all to come back together before the end. I didn’t want to spoil a nearly certain win given our strongest sprinter in a two-man break so I sat up to let the field catch me as quickly as possible. This worked perfectly because our pace dropped in the field and the break’s gap grew again. Only a couple laps later, the officials announced 5 laps to go, and our pace jumped up again. Jake Brewer (Herring Gas) got away with one other rider ahead of the field. It wasn’t until coming out of the final corner going into the final sprint that we caught them. I made sure to stay as close to the front as possible, which turned out to be really good because there were two crashes on the final lap. Kristine got this awesome video of the finish of the race with Pat taking a clear win, my teammate Sammy winning the field sprint, and me taking 5th.

Here is the lap data from Strava -

Lap 1   0.7 mi  24.4 mph  224 watts  0:01:45
Lap 2   0.7 mi  25.1 mph  199 watts  0:01:42
Lap 3   0.7 mi  25.8 mph  244 watts  0:01:39
Lap 4   0.7 mi  28.4 mph  371 watts  0:01:30  EARLY BREAK
Lap 5   0.7 mi  27.8 mph  305 watts  0:01:32
Lap 6   0.7 mi  26.9 mph  277 watts  0:01:35
Lap 7   0.7 mi  26.1 mph  259 watts  0:01:38
Lap 8   0.7 mi  24.8 mph  195 watts  0:01:43
Lap 9   0.7 mi  28.4 mph  302 watts  0:01:30
Lap 10  0.7 mi  27.2 mph  341 watts  0:01:34
Lap 11  0.7 mi  27.2 mph  283 watts  0:01:34
Lap 12  0.7 mi  23.5 mph  171 watts  0:01:49
Lap 13  0.7 mi  24.1 mph  178 watts  0:01:46
Lap 14  0.7 mi  25.8 mph  261 watts  0:01:39
Lap 15  0.7 mi  24.8 mph  212 watts  0:01:43
Lap 16  0.7 mi  22.4 mph  157 watts  0:01:54
Lap 17  0.7 mi  25.1 mph  217 watts  0:01:42
Lap 18  0.7 mi  24.6 mph  216 watts  0:01:44
Lap 19  0.7 mi  23.0 mph  135 watts  0:01:51
Lap 20  0.7 mi  25.6 mph  243 watts  0:01:40
Lap 21  0.7 mi  25.1 mph  211 watts  0:01:42
Lap 22  0.7 mi  25.1 mph  230 watts  0:01:42
Lap 23  0.7 mi  26.6 mph  277 watts  0:01:36
Lap 24  0.7 mi  29.4 mph  387 watts  0:01:27  BIKESTAND PRIME
Lap 25  0.7 mi  26.1 mph  356 watts  0:01:38
Lap 26  0.7 mi  21.9 mph  200 watts  0:01:57
Lap 27  0.7 mi  25.3 mph  208 watts  0:01:41
Lap 28  0.7 mi  23.2 mph  160 watts  0:01:50
Lap 29  0.7 mi  23.9 mph  183 watts  0:01:47
Lap 30  0.7 mi  26.6 mph  249 watts  0:01:36
Lap 31  0.7 mi  27.5 mph  285 watts  0:01:33
Lap 32  0.7 mi  26.6 mph  247 watts  0:01:36
Lap 33  0.7 mi  29.7 mph  385 watts  0:01:26

Pensacola Criterium annotated power map

Pensacola Criterium power/speed/cadence plot

September 20, 2011 at 7:59 am Leave a comment

Labor Day Omnium Day 2 – Anderson Criterium

Quick summary – same fast course as last year with flat start/finish, downhill into turn 1, uphill into turn 2, downhill through the back straight with steepest hill into turn 3, followed by the narrow road down into turn 4. I ended up 18th after breaking a spoke on the last lap.

The details – the race started out fast with several smaller breaks going up the road. It was hard for any break to stay away, however, because of the downhill on the backside of the course where the group would gain a lot of speed and catch any break by the top of the hill before turn 3. I made it into one or two smaller moves. Then on lap 30 with a 3 place omnium sprint up for grabs, I attacked hard coming up the hill into turn 3. I got a good gap on everyone except for Dan Holt (Team Type I) who either saw me attack and went with me or bridged across to me. Dan took the sprint with me getting 2 points for second. With omnium points for the finish only awarded 15 places deep, I was happy to make sure that I came away with at least some omnium points for the weekend. We had a pretty good gap and tried to roll it on the next lap, but I wasn’t able to help Dan much and so the field caught us by the end of the lap. A few laps later, Cesar Grajales (Realcyclist) and Thomas Brown (Mountain Khakis) slipped off the front of the field and quickly extended their lead as the field hesitated to see who would lead the chase. The two-man break built up a lead they kept until the end with Thomas Brown taking the sprint ahead of Cesar. Meanwhile, back in the field, I started working my way back towards the front of the group with 3 laps to go. I made it somewhere into the top 20 by the start of the last lap when I hit a crack in the road and broke a spoke on my front wheel. I heard it pop, but the wheel was still solid enough to race so I hung on to the back of the front group and passed a couple of the leadout guys coming backwards to finish 18th. Ahead, Frank Travesio (Realcylist) took the field sprint for 3rd.

Here are my lap splits from the race:

NAME    DIST    SPEED     POWER      TIME     Comment
Lap 1   0.7 mi  24.6 mph  288 watts  0:01:42
Lap 2   0.7 mi  26.7 mph  274 watts  0:01:34
Lap 3   0.7 mi  27.6 mph  277 watts  0:01:31
Lap 4   0.7 mi  27.6 mph  285 watts  0:01:31
Lap 5   0.7 mi  28.5 mph  303 watts  0:01:28
Lap 6   0.7 mi  28.5 mph  273 watts  0:01:28
Lap 7   0.7 mi  25.9 mph  269 watts  0:01:37
Lap 8   0.7 mi  28.5 mph  283 watts  0:01:28
Lap 9   0.7 mi  26.4 mph  250 watts  0:01:35
Lap 10  0.7 mi  27.3 mph  253 watts  0:01:32
Lap 11  0.7 mi  28.9 mph  277 watts  0:01:27
Lap 12  0.7 mi  26.2 mph  284 watts  0:01:36
Lap 13  0.7 mi  28.5 mph  284 watts  0:01:28
Lap 14  0.7 mi  26.4 mph  268 watts  0:01:35
Lap 15  0.7 mi  28.5 mph  277 watts  0:01:28
Lap 16  0.7 mi  28.9 mph  323 watts  0:01:27
Lap 17  0.7 mi  27.0 mph  241 watts  0:01:33
Lap 18  0.7 mi  26.7 mph  274 watts  0:01:34
Lap 19  0.7 mi  28.9 mph  292 watts  0:01:27
Lap 20  0.7 mi  25.9 mph  275 watts  0:01:37
Lap 21  0.7 mi  25.4 mph  214 watts  0:01:39
Lap 22  0.7 mi  25.1 mph  220 watts  0:01:40
Lap 23  0.7 mi  28.9 mph  270 watts  0:01:27
Lap 24  0.7 mi  27.9 mph  252 watts  0:01:30
Lap 25  0.7 mi  27.6 mph  250 watts  0:01:31
Lap 26  0.7 mi  25.9 mph  244 watts  0:01:37
Lap 27  0.7 mi  25.9 mph  281 watts  0:01:37
Lap 28  0.7 mi  27.9 mph  263 watts  0:01:30
Lap 29  0.7 mi  25.4 mph  257 watts  0:01:39
Lap 30  0.7 mi  29.2 mph  408 watts  0:01:26  Prime (2 pts)
Lap 31  0.7 mi  26.7 mph  254 watts  0:01:34
Lap 32  0.7 mi  23.7 mph  220 watts  0:01:46
Lap 33  0.7 mi  26.2 mph  212 watts  0:01:36
Lap 34  0.7 mi  27.6 mph  282 watts  0:01:31
Lap 35  0.7 mi  26.2 mph  216 watts  0:01:36
Lap 36  0.7 mi  25.4 mph  220 watts  0:01:39
Lap 37  0.7 mi  27.3 mph  267 watts  0:01:32
Lap 38  0.7 mi  27.9 mph  275 watts  0:01:30
Lap 39  0.7 mi  27.0 mph  234 watts  0:01:33
Lap 40  0.7 mi  24.9 mph  198 watts  0:01:41
Lap 41  0.7 mi  25.6 mph  261 watts  0:01:38
Lap 42  0.7 mi  27.3 mph  286 watts  0:01:32
Lap 43  0.7 mi  26.2 mph  244 watts  0:01:36
Lap 44  0.7 mi  26.7 mph  279 watts  0:01:34
Lap 45  0.7 mi  28.2 mph  308 watts  0:01:29
Lap 46  0.7 mi  28.5 mph  311 watts  0:01:28
Lap 47  0.7 mi  31.4 mph  416 watts  0:01:20

Here is the annotated power plot and power map:

Annotated power / speed / elevation plot

Annotated power map

September 5, 2011 at 11:56 am Leave a comment

River Gorge Day 1 – Time Trial and Criterium

River Gorge Omnium Day 1 went pretty well. I really like the new format with the time trial first on Saturday morning followed by the crit late in the evening. The primary benefit is that everybody is fresh for the time trial and yet the short effort isn’t going to really drain you for any of the other events. Plus, I was able to get my warm-up in by simply riding to the start of the TT doing the Elder Mountain climb and then half of Raccoon Mountain at a slow, steady pace.

Time Trial
My plan for the TT was to push as close as possible to my 5 minute critical power of 393 watts. This really helped focus my effort because previously I would be completely blown before reaching the bottom of the longest (0.3 mile) hill on the course. Within the first minute, I saw that my lap average was 500 watts so I knew I needed to back off a bit. This helped me pace so that by the top of the hill my lap average power was down to 417 watts. I knew that my wattage would come down on the steep downhill and as I started to spin out, I decided to tuck and save energy for the flat portion of the TT across the reservoir wall. I could tell that I had gone out too hard though as I really struggled to get my wattage above 350 across the dam. I took the sharp turn pretty good, but was still fading a bit towards the line to finish with an average wattage of 363 watts and an average speed of 28.5 mph. This was a new fastest time for me on this course by 20 seconds. Here is all the data.

River Gorge Time Trial power/heartrate graph

River Gorge Time Trial Annotated Power Map

The downtown crit was fast and full of energy. I nearly missed the start because I thought the race started at 8:30. As I went to take a lap of the course after the 3s finished, I saw what I thought was another race lined up at the start line. I figured there was still enough time to take a lap before their race started, so I maneuvered my way through the group and then started to take a lap when the announcer said “And for tonight’s main event – the Pro/1/2 race!” and I suddenly realized that this was my race that was about to start. Fortunately, I had one full bottle and a volunteer was able to get me a plastic water bottle to fill up my empty second bottle. There was still a lot of time before the start of our race (the actual start time was 8:15) but everybody was anxious to get a good starting position with the 80+ riders in the field.

I had an OK start and found myself somewhere in the back 1/3rd of the race after the first couple laps. The course was really wide open so it was easy to move around and pass people – particularly coming out of the last turn up a slight hill with the wind coming from the right. All you had to do was take the inside line and then you were sheltered from the wind across the top of the hill down through the start/finish line into the first turn. By the midway point of the 60 minute race, I was close enough to the front to start to try to cover moves and get into breaks. I made it into one good break towards the middle and tried to drive it after I realized my teammate Pat was also in the break. I made it into one other really good break with just 3 other riders with 8 laps to go when a crash took out or held up a lot of riders including Pat who had a wheel puncture after narrowly avoiding crashing. I worked hard, but it wasn’t a perfectly harmonious break. After we were caught, I counter attacked our own break to try to start another break but ended up just riding off the front solo for a quarter of the course. Then I worked hard to stay at the front and only could get 13th in the field sprint – 15th in the race with Oscar Clark (Realcyclist) taking a solo flyer for the win and Nate Brown (Trek-Livestrong) taking second in a solo chase effort. Frank Travesio (Realcyclist) won the field sprint for third so it was a great day for Realcyclist.

Downtown Chattanooga Criterium power/heartrate annotated

Downtown Chattanooga criterium course power map annotated

Commute from the hotel to the crit course via Lookout Mountain

Finally, here are the pedal force / cadence maps from the races that I posted about a few days ago.

Time Trial pedal force cadence quadrant analysis

Criterium pedal force cadence quadrant analysis

August 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm Leave a comment

Day 3 – Crossroads Classic – Statesville Criterium

Here is the finishing sprint … Thomas Brown (Mountain Khakis) took it. I came in 9th.

Here is Oneal Samuels (BMW/Litespeed) winning the $150 gambler’s prime with 1 lap to go. I came across the line leading the field just behind.

Race Summary
Nothing was getting away in this race … even a late move by Shane Kline from Bissell got swallowed up with two laps to go. I worked hard to stay towards the front and ended up 9th in the sprint at the end. I also managed to snag 20 points on one of the sprint competition points lap when there was a wreck behind me and only 3 of us left to sprint for it.

Race Data
Strava lap data:

Lap 1  0.5 mi 27.0 mph 385 watts 145 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 2  0.6 mi 27.7 mph 284 watts 158 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 3  0.6 mi 27.7 mph 300 watts 155 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 4  0.6 mi 28.1 mph 289 watts 168 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 5  0.6 mi 28.5 mph 259 watts 168 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 6  0.6 mi 28.1 mph 291 watts 165 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 7  0.6 mi 29.3 mph 272 watts 169 bpm 0:01:09
Lap 8  0.6 mi 27.0 mph 275 watts 167 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 9  0.6 mi 27.3 mph 260 watts 167 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 10 0.5 mi 27.0 mph 341 watts 170 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 11 0.6 mi 26.3 mph 271 watts 174 bpm 0:01:17
Lap 12 0.6 mi 26.3 mph 283 watts 169 bpm 0:01:17
Lap 13 0.6 mi 27.7 mph 276 watts 168 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 14 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 276 watts 170 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 15 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 276 watts 167 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 16 0.6 mi 27.7 mph 240 watts 166 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 17 0.6 mi 28.9 mph 276 watts 167 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 18 0.5 mi 28.9 mph 290 watts 165 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 19 0.6 mi 27.0 mph 303 watts 175 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 20 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 278 watts 171 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 21 0.6 mi 30.6 mph 356 watts 174 bpm 0:01:06
Lap 22 0.6 mi 28.5 mph 293 watts 179 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 23 0.6 mi 25.6 mph 239 watts 171 bpm 0:01:19
Lap 24 0.5 mi 29.3 mph 374 watts 172 bpm 0:01:09
Lap 25 0.6 mi 26.6 mph 270 watts 178 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 26 0.6 mi 25.6 mph 242 watts 168 bpm 0:01:19
Lap 27 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 228 watts 169 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 28 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 314 watts 166 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 29 0.6 mi 27.3 mph 283 watts 176 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 30 0.6 mi 28.5 mph 271 watts 172 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 31 0.6 mi 27.0 mph 237 watts 173 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 32 0.6 mi 28.9 mph 236 watts 169 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 33 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 309 watts 169 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 34 0.6 mi 25.9 mph 244 watts 174 bpm 0:01:18
Lap 35 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 256 watts 170 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 36 0.6 mi 27.3 mph 266 watts 170 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 37 0.6 mi 27.7 mph 277 watts 172 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 38 0.6 mi 27.7 mph 303 watts 176 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 39 0.6 mi 27.7 mph 265 watts 176 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 40 0.6 mi 28.1 mph 290 watts 175 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 41 0.6 mi 28.5 mph 291 watts 175 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 42 0.6 mi 28.5 mph 269 watts 177 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 43 0.6 mi 27.3 mph 298 watts 177 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 44 0.6 mi 28.9 mph 305 watts 178 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 45 0.5 mi 29.7 mph 269 watts 179 bpm 0:01:08
Lap 46 0.6 mi 28.9 mph 292 watts 178 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 47 0.6 mi 30.2 mph 350 watts 179 bpm 0:01:07
Lap 48 0.6 mi 31.1 mph 397 watts 186 bpm 0:01:05

Interactive strava link:

Day 3 – Statesville Criterium – annotated power / heartrate data

Day 3 – Statesville Criterium – annotated power map

August 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

Day 2 – Crossroads Classic – Salisbury Criterium

Kristine and the kids are here cheering me on for this race series, and Kristine got some good pics and videos from the race last night and the one on Wednesday night, too.

The video below would have been taken last night around Lap 11 or 12 as our third chase group was getting established.

Here is our finishing sprint for 6th place last night with Thomas Brown taking it and me getting second.

And here is one video from Wednesday night’s super fast short course criterium.

Quick summary
I ended up in 7th place after taking 2nd in the sprint from a four-man chase group that I was in for about 1/4 of the race. The four-man chase group emerged from a 15 rider group that formed after a 8 rider group merged with a 7 rider group. The 7 rider group was chasing a 5 rider group, which ended up staying away for the entire race. The 5 rider group slipped off the front of the 7 rider group at some point during the race when I was part of the 8 rider group chasing what must have been at that time a 12 rider group. Confused yet? Meanwhile, 6 riders from the original chase group of 15 stayed away from the remnants of the original 70-80 rider field and were chasing. I was very happy with 2nd place in the sprint from our four-man group to take 7th in the race.

The details
Here is a satellite picture of the barbell shaped race course. The map is from Golden Cheetah and is color-coded based on power output. Purples and pinks = lowest power. Blues and greens = medium power. Yellows and red = highest power.

Day 2 – Salisbury Criterium map color-coded for power

I ended up starting on the second row, but clipped in well and passed a few people to hit turn #1 somewhere in the top 10, but on the inside. I stayed on the inside going into turn #2 where there was a nasty 1-2 inch drop for a manhole cover. I nailed it and immediately lost position going downhill into turn #3. I was still on the inside and got cut off again and lost momentum going into the uphill out of turn #3. Turn #4 was a relatively straightforward righthander leading into a fast flat section heading into a lefthand turn #5 up a small hill which crested halfway before heading downhill to turn #6, which was an off-chamber turn with a pottery style small pothole cover in the middle that you tried to avoid. Then the course rolled upward again slightly before rolling back downhill into turn #7. Out of turn #7 was a small hill leading into the final turn, which was then slightly downhill all the way to the start/finish line.

All of that is to say that the course was somewhat technical and fast. Having hit that manhole cover in turn #2 on the first lap, I lost a lot of position for the rest of the lap going from somewhere in the top 10 to somewhere near the back. It was awful at the back because every technical corner involved a bunch up where you were going through a corner three and four wide hoping that the person on your inside didn’t fall. It took several laps before I found the spots to move up on the course and before I became comfortable enough with the corners to start hitting them hard. I am the type of person who really needs to pre-ride and know a course before I’m willing to take crazy risks. Other people seem to be willing to dive-bomb corners the very first time they see them!

After a few laps at the back, I decided enough was enough and attacked hard out of turn #4 passing probably 15-20 people (Lap 9). Then coming out of turn #8 on the same lap, I passed another 10 people. Then two laps later (Lap 11), I attacked hard at the same spot coming out of turn #4 and as I was attacking, I saw a chase group being formed. I made it into this chase group consisting of about 8 riders. This group worked well together and worked into a lead of about 10 seconds over the field. At this point, the chase group I was in was the third group on the road. The original break that had already formed with about 12 riders had split into a group of 5 and a group of 7. As our chase group started to close in on the group in front of us, I could tell from Chad’s announcing that that group was chasing a group of five with a small lead. It took about five or six laps to catch the second group somewhere around Lap 15.

At this point I heard Thomas Brown talking to Adam Myerson and could surmise that Thomas was about to attack so I swung to the inside coming out of turn #4 right as Thomas was attacking on the outside. I was able to pretty much immediately grab his wheel. It was a struggle though to stay there as Thomas absolutely drilled it for the rest of the lap. By the end of the lap, there was about 5 or 6 of us left as the second group on the road chasing 5 riders. Thomas had a Mountain Khakis teammate (Travis Livermon) with him. There was also a Bissell rider (Shane Kline), another rider with kit that has an eagle on the shorts, a Cleveland Clinic rider (Nick Inabinet), and me. We started rotating pretty well, but at least one rider was struggling and at one point the eagle rider opened up a gap coming out of turn #5. I was right behind him and was able to come around him and immediately onto the back of two riders in front of me. Only Nick (Cleveland Clinic) was able to chase around and catch back on so we were down to four riders at this point.

The four of us worked well together and brought the gap down to the 5 riders in front of us to 14 seconds. But we couldn’t bring it any closer and in the closing laps where we knew we weren’t going to catch them, the gap opened up again. With five laps to go, the Mountain Khakis duo attacked together, but Nick and I were both able to catch back on. We started working together again fearing the chasing group of six behind us would catch us. With two to go, Travis attacked going into turn #4 (popular place to attack for this race!) but took it too hot and almost went into the barriers. He recovered though and basically went to the front and drilled it to start a very long leadout for Thomas. Thomas ended up winning the sprint by 0.8 seconds with me and Nick tied on time behind him (I think it was my bike throw) and Travis only 0.1 seconds behind.

The data

Lap 1  0.8 mi 24.0 mph 339 watts 136 bpm 0:02:02
Lap 2  0.8 mi 27.5 mph 270 watts 161 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 3  0.8 mi 27.6 mph 271 watts 164 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 4  0.8 mi 27.3 mph 266 watts 168 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 5  0.8 mi 26.0 mph 268 watts 169 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 6  0.8 mi 27.8 mph 251 watts 170 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 7  0.8 mi 27.9 mph 282 watts 169 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 8  0.8 mi 26.9 mph 255 watts 170 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 9  0.8 mi 28.8 mph 343 watts 177 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 10 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 338 watts 182 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 11 0.8 mi 28.0 mph 300 watts 180 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 12 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 276 watts 181 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 13 0.8 mi 28.1 mph 299 watts 175 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 14 0.8 mi 28.7 mph 329 watts 184 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 15 0.8 mi 27.2 mph 285 watts 178 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 16 0.8 mi 28.1 mph 281 watts 183 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 17 0.8 mi 27.9 mph 267 watts 180 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 18 0.8 mi 27.2 mph 285 watts 182 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 19 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 287 watts 183 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 20 0.8 mi 27.0 mph 288 watts 181 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 21 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 269 watts 182 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 22 0.8 mi 27.6 mph 277 watts 180 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 23 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 267 watts 179 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 24 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 272 watts 179 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 25 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 341 watts 185 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 26 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 303 watts 187 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 27 0.8 mi 26.9 mph 270 watts 181 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 28 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 290 watts 178 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 29 0.8 mi 27.4 mph 263 watts 184 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 30 0.8 mi 26.3 mph 249 watts 177 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 31 0.8 mi 25.8 mph 258 watts 179 bpm 0:01:55
Lap 32 0.8 mi 26.3 mph 350 watts 177 bpm 0:01:53

The link to the interactive ride data on Strava is here:

Here is the graph from Golden Cheetah:

Day 2 – Salisbury Criterium – Heartrate/power/speed/cadence annotated

August 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

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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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