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Sheboygan Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 8

Josiah bundled up and attempting to hold the umbrella over Kristine

Video of the finish -

Disappointing race yesterday in Sheboygan. A steady persistent rain made for slick streets so I opted for the inside line on all four corners. This was a good decision because there were more than twenty wrecks. Many of them were single rider wrecks of someone taking a corner a bit too fast and sliding out. Sometimes the wrecks took down more than one person though. There was a wreck on the first turn of the first lap of the race. Then there was a wreck on the last turn of the first lap of the race. In fact, for the first ten laps, there was a wreck on that last turn about every lap. The only corner that didn’t have any wrecks was turn three. Eventually, though, after the first ten laps enough people had dropped out of the race and our pace had settled down enough that we went relatively wreck free for the middle 30 laps or so. Then in the last few laps, the wrecks ratcheted up again with wrecks on Turn #1 and Turn #4. The last lap had a wreck on Turn #1 which I squeezed around losing enough momentum not to be able to pass anyone from there to the finish. I was pretty much the last rider relatively cleanly around the wreck, though, so nobody passed me either. So I finished at the back of the front group for 26th with Dan Holloway (Kelly Benefits) taking the win.

I had great tires that never slipped once, even when going for a $100 prime. That was the most disappointing part of the race for me. I attacked going into the third corner for the prime. I got away from the field and went as fast as I could around the third and fourth corners. I had a pretty good gap, but I knew that I needed to sprint like it was the end of the race in order to stay away for the prime. Out of turn #4 was a painfully long 500-600 meter sprint. I went as hard as I could and got passed by 1 guy about 10 meters before the line. I was so frustrated and crushed because we really needed the $100 given that we found out earlier in the day that our car needed a $600 repair (the electronics in the car are shot, no instruments, $450 part + $150 labor) to make it safely home to Alabama. Still, I fought hard and yet somehow managed to slide back far enough to be out of the money at the end, too. So in other words, I raced a long, hard dangerous race (because of the wet conditions) and got absolutely nothing for it. No money, no points. I got passed by the eventual winner (US pro crit champion Dan Holloway) with two laps to go. How am I in the same position as the winner with 2 laps to go, and yet he wins the race while I somehow slide back to 26th?? I guess it is all about risk taking. It was a flat race, too, and I warmed up on rollers so I only managed 1000 ft of climbing for the Strava Studio Velo competition.

The only bright spot on the day is that my family joined me for the race and is here with me for the last three races. The kids didn’t care that it was 60 degrees and raining and a had a great time playing in the rain on a playground while Kristine and I huddled under a small shelter. Then they rode their scooters in the rain and cheered with Kristine during the entire race. I guess it was good that I was “off the front” going for the prime to help make the race exciting for them – even though I didn’t get the prime, which really sucked (did I mention that already???) After the race, the kids wanted to ride a lap of the course with me, but the streets were already open so we settled for a ride down through the start/finish area and back.

Kudos to the race organizers, officials, and SRAM mechanics for keeping the race running on time and well organized despite the wet weather.

I opted to ride without my iBike given the increased probablity of an iBike breaking wreck. Also, thanks to one of my sponsors back home (Dan Taylor – Infinity Medispa) for the suggestion to ride with my garmin in a ziplock bag in my back pocket. Worked perfectly and I didn’t have to fool with finding a rubber band to cover up the Garmin with a ziplock bag while mounted on the bike to keep it from malfunctioning in the rain.

Here is the Strava data, map, and lap splits (note the 30.5 mph avg speed on the last lap even with the rain!!!) -

Strava map highlighting one lap of the Sheboygan Criterium

Strava power, heartrate data annotated

LAP     Dist   Speed    Power     HR      Time
Lap  1  0.7 mi 24.5 mph 329 watts 139 bpm 0:01:52
Lap  2  0.7 mi 28.3 mph 423 watts 157 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  3  0.7 mi 28.3 mph 404 watts 158 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  4  0.7 mi 27.4 mph 372 watts 157 bpm 0:01:40
Lap  5  0.8 mi 26.9 mph 368 watts 160 bpm 0:01:42
Lap  6  0.8 mi 28.0 mph 403 watts 160 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  7  0.7 mi 28.0 mph 400 watts 159 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  8  0.8 mi 26.9 mph 389 watts 155 bpm 0:01:42
Lap  9  0.7 mi 28.3 mph 372 watts 155 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  10 0.7 mi 28.0 mph 391 watts 159 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  11 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 416 watts 158 bpm 0:01:39
Lap  12 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 396 watts 159 bpm 0:01:39
Lap  13 0.7 mi 28.3 mph 407 watts 161 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  14 0.7 mi 28.6 mph 428 watts 157 bpm 0:01:36
Lap  15 0.7 mi 29.2 mph 409 watts 158 bpm 0:01:34
Lap  16 0.7 mi 27.4 mph 388 watts 157 bpm 0:01:40
Lap  17 0.7 mi 28.0 mph 399 watts 159 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  18 0.7 mi 27.1 mph 370 watts 158 bpm 0:01:41
Lap  19 0.7 mi 28.6 mph 397 watts 155 bpm 0:01:36
Lap  20 0.8 mi 28.0 mph 410 watts 159 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  21 0.8 mi 28.0 mph 413 watts 160 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  22 0.7 mi 28.3 mph 407 watts 163 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  23 0.7 mi 28.9 mph 409 watts 157 bpm 0:01:35
Lap  24 0.7 mi 28.0 mph 395 watts 157 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  25 0.7 mi 29.8 mph 434 watts 164 bpm 0:01:32
Lap  26 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 406 watts 158 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  27 0.8 mi 25.1 mph 329 watts 155 bpm 0:01:49
Lap  28 0.7 mi 26.9 mph 350 watts 154 bpm 0:01:42
Lap  29 0.7 mi 28.0 mph 352 watts 155 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  30 0.8 mi 26.6 mph 361 watts 155 bpm 0:01:43
Lap  31 0.8 mi 27.1 mph 402 watts 154 bpm 0:01:41
Lap  32 0.7 mi 28.6 mph 382 watts 154 bpm 0:01:36
Lap  33 0.7 mi 28.9 mph 445 watts 167 bpm 0:01:35 (prime lap)
Lap  34 0.8 mi 25.4 mph 298 watts 165 bpm 0:01:48
Lap  35 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 402 watts 150 bpm 0:01:39
Lap  36 0.7 mi 29.8 mph 429 watts 150 bpm 0:01:32
Lap  37 0.8 mi 26.1 mph 343 watts 154 bpm 0:01:45
Lap  38 0.7 mi 26.9 mph 371 watts 152 bpm 0:01:42
Lap  39 0.8 mi 26.9 mph 384 watts 155 bpm 0:01:42
Lap  40 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 443 watts 158 bpm 0:01:36
Lap  41 0.8 mi 26.9 mph 368 watts 156 bpm 0:01:42
Lap  42 0.7 mi 28.3 mph 426 watts 158 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  43 0.8 mi 28.0 mph 393 watts 157 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  44 0.8 mi 27.4 mph 436 watts 154 bpm 0:01:40
Lap  45 0.8 mi 27.4 mph 387 watts 157 bpm 0:01:40
Lap  46 0.7 mi 28.0 mph 371 watts 155 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  47 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 379 watts 159 bpm 0:01:39
Lap  48 0.8 mi 25.6 mph 314 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap  49 0.8 mi 26.1 mph 280 watts 156 bpm 0:01:45
Lap  50 0.8 mi 30.1 mph 402 watts 162 bpm 0:01:31
Lap  51 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 328 watts 162 bpm 0:01:37
Lap  52 0.8 mi 27.7 mph 345 watts 163 bpm 0:01:39
Lap  53 0.8 mi 28.0 mph 345 watts 165 bpm 0:01:38
Lap  54 0.8 mi 30.5 mph 462 watts 171 bpm 0:01:30 (fastest lap)

Pictures from the race below … video of the finish to be posted later today…

June 24, 2011 at 9:33 am 1 comment

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