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2011 Tour of America’s Dairyland Summary

What a great race series the 2011 Tour of America’s Dairyland was. I’m already looking forward to next year. This year featured 9 criteriums, 1 road race, and 1 time trial. The criteriums were a mix of hilly technical courses and flat, fast courses. This was my first time to race more than six days in a row. By the end of two weeks of racing and riding, I had ridden/raced 824 miles (383 miles the first week and 441 miles the second week). To put that in perspective, that is 15 miles longer than our drive home from Madison, WI to Birmingham, AL. The 441 mile week is my sixth 400+ mile week of the year and most likely the second longest week of my entire racing career. I had a 500+ mile week in college.

All of our criteriums were timed at 90 minutes and depending on the average speed worked out to be around 45 miles in length. The race was so well organized, thanks in part to having a nearly identical schedule very day. I didn’t have a lot to do besides race, so I would frequently start warming up during the pro women’s race and continuing warming up during the masters 1-2-3 race before checking out the course for a few laps during the downtime that was scheduled between the end of the masters race and the start of the pro men’s race. That down-time meant that every one of our races started on time because any kind of delay earlier in the day was worked out by the time our race started.

The road race was an excellent course through the Kettle Moraine state forest area. The hills and crosswinds combined with some rain during the first half of the race made for a challenging course. I was disappointed that I put so much effort into an early break that was brought back and then missed both the break of the day plus a large chase group. I was stuck in the field until the last lap when I bridged to a solo move and worked together with the rider I caught to finish just ahead of the field. It was a good finish to an otherwise disappointing race performance.

Favorite picture and favorite video… the picture is Lapham Peak where I rode to on my rest day in lieu of the Ripon time trial. The video is the last lap sprint of the last race of the series in Madison, WI.

Panoramic view from the top of the Lapham Peak tower (click to enlarge)

Here is a summary of all my results from the races. I was hoping for more top 20s, another top 10, and a top 5 in the road race. So my results weren’t quite what I was expecting, but it was still great experience, great racing, and the longest race series that I have ever done!

RACE PLACE DIST SPEED HR WATTS
Day 1 – Shorewood Criterium 46th 42.6mi 28.0mph 177/191 291/891
Day 2 – Thiensville Criterium 33rd 40.2mi 27.4mph 169/189 291/1242
Day 3 – Grafton Criterium 51st 39.9mi 27.8mph 168/187 281/1360
Day 4 – Waukesha Criterium 20th 40.7mi 27.3mph 167/186 259/845
Day 5 – Greenbush Road Race 17th 79.0mi 24.2mph 148/179 199/1100
Day 6 – Schlitz Park Criterium 19th 37.8mi 24.8mph 158/177 266/939
Day 7 – Ripon TT (rest day) 61.7mi 14.1mph 116/151
Day 8 – Sheboygan Criterium 26th 40.9mi 27.6mph 158/180
Day 9 – Fond du Lac Criterium 26th 43.1mi 29.0mph 158/183
Day 10 – Downer Ave Criterium 16th 49.0mi 28.1mph 160/183
Day 11 – Madison Criterium 9th 43.6mi 28.3mph 159/189

Finally, here a few maps to help illustrate the scope of our fun summer bike racing adventure…
Annotated map showing our entire trip.

Annotated map showing all the places that I raced.

Map showing all my races and commutes to/from awesome host housing in Brookfield. I saw quite a bit of southeastern Wisconsin frequently opting for side streets and country roads instead of interstates.

June 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm 3 comments

Madison Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 11


Strava map of the Madison Criterium course – 2011 Tour of America’s Dairyland

Mmmmm – chocolate milk at the finish in front of the capitol after 11 days of racing

This was a great way to end up the 2011 Tour of America’s Dairyland. I put the course map first because it highlights the unique location for this criterium. We raced around the Wisconsin state capitol building in Madison. The course was a square with a downhill leading into Turn #2 and #3 and then an uphill leading into Turn #4 followed by a short flat finish.

I started about mid-pack and sank backwards on the first few laps so that by about the fifth lap I was somewhere in the back 1/3rd of the field. Eventually, I started feeling more confident about the race and started to move up. The best place to move up was immediately after turn #1 on the run-in to turn #2. This meant that you had to take turn #2 on the inside, but then you were in great position sheltered from a pretty strong cross-wind on the fast stretch from turn #2 to turn #3. The problem with this line, though, is that the inside of turn #3 wasn’t the best place to be if somebody decided to cut you off. This happened several times where I lost a lot of momentum and had to accelerate hard up the hill between turn #3 and turn #4.

Towards the middle of the race, I had worked my way far enough forward to attack when a $100 prime was announced. I got a gap after turn #1, but was chased down by about halfway up the hill before turn #4 by a Garneau Test team rider. I ended up crossing the line 3rd behind the Garneau rider and a Foundation CRC rider. Then I tagged onto the back of two more riders who had attacked from the field. Our five-man break lasted about a lap before Kenda brought us back. The move of the day went fairly early on with Dan Holloway (Kelly Benefits), Timmers (Garneau Test), and Sergei Tvetskov (Aerocat) braking away and gradually increasing their lead. Kenda chased hard, but the short hilly four-corner course did not lend itself well to a steady chase.

About 50 laps into the race (out of 70 laps), I attacked going up the hill into turn #4 hoping that a prime would be called on the next lap. As I attacked, somebody yelled “Watch out for the squirrel”. I was a little frustrated because I was thinking that they were calling me a squirrel even though I thought I was riding a very good, safe race. In a hilarious coincidence, though, there was actually a squirrel that was in the road at that exact spot at the time that I attacked. The squirrel was dodging back and forth trying not to get run over and eventually leaped over the barriers to escape. Kristine was right there and watched the whole thing – including the person yelling “watch out for the squirrel” so she can verify that they weren’t shouting about me!

After my lap solo, there were a bunch of attacks / chases. I ended up sliding pretty far back in the field, but with about 10 laps to go I decided to do everything I could to move back up to the front of the field. With a couple laps to go, a group of 3 had separated themselves from the field and were just a few seconds up the road. With one lap to go, I had worked all the way to the front of the field sitting second wheel behind Emile Abraham (Aerocat) who was setting a very fast pace on the last lap. He attacked going into Turn #3 at the bottom of the hill and I went with him. I stayed on his wheel until his teammate, Josh Carter, who had been just behind me attacked and Emile sat up. I swung out to the left of Emile and gave it everything I had getting passed by only Chad Hartley (Kenda) between Turn #4 and the finish to place 9th.

Here is a link to the interactive Strava data: http://app.strava.com/rides/824628

NAME   DIST   ELEV  SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
Lap 1  0.6 mi 23 ft 24.9 mph 319 watts 149 bpm 0:01:23
Lap 2  0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 421 watts 159 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 3  0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 433 watts 157 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 4  0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 421 watts 161 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 5  0.6 mi 23 ft 26.9 mph 362 watts 159 bpm 0:01:17
Lap 6  0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 400 watts 157 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 7  0.6 mi 23 ft 30.0 mph 470 watts 162 bpm 0:01:09
Lap 8  0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 429 watts 161 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 9  0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 338 watts 159 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 10 0.5 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 369 watts 162 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 11 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 413 watts 155 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 12 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 368 watts 160 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 13 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.5 mph 364 watts 159 bpm 0:01:18
Lap 14 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 465 watts 161 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 15 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.9 mph 363 watts 163 bpm 0:01:17
Lap 16 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 453 watts 172 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 17 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 455 watts 162 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 18 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 441 watts 153 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 19 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 413 watts 152 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 20 0.5 mi 23 ft 30.4 mph 445 watts 153 bpm 0:01:08
Lap 21 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 375 watts 158 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 22 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 430 watts 156 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 23 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 378 watts 154 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 24 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 450 watts 160 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 25 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 463 watts 156 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 26 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 484 watts 158 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 27 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 494 watts 159 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 28 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 398 watts 161 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 29 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.9 mph 426 watts 168 bpm 0:01:17
Lap 30 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 417 watts 160 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 31 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.6 mph 503 watts 178 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 32 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 431 watts 173 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 33 0.6 mi 23 ft 25.9 mph 449 watts 164 bpm 0:01:20
Lap 34 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 402 watts 155 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 35 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 381 watts 147 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 36 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 412 watts 148 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 37 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.2 mph 400 watts 155 bpm 0:01:19
Lap 38 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 443 watts 159 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 39 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 425 watts 154 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 40 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 445 watts 155 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 41 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 406 watts 157 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 42 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 472 watts 158 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 43 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 399 watts 151 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 44 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.5 mph 407 watts 150 bpm 0:01:18
Lap 45 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 363 watts 151 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 46 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 391 watts 156 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 47 0.6 mi 23 ft 25.6 mph 409 watts 169 bpm 0:01:21
Lap 48 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 446 watts 156 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 49 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 352 watts 145 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 50 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 421 watts 140 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 51 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 434 watts 147 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 52 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 396 watts 153 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 53 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 393 watts 150 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 54 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.5 mph 381 watts 149 bpm 0:01:18
Lap 55 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 414 watts 151 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 56 0.6 mi 23 ft 25.2 mph 363 watts 152 bpm 0:01:22
Lap 57 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.5 mph 432 watts 157 bpm 0:01:18
Lap 58 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.2 mph 405 watts 149 bpm 0:01:11
Lap 59 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.6 mph 403 watts 160 bpm 0:01:15
Lap 60 0.6 mi 23 ft 31.9 mph 408 watts 161 bpm 0:01:05
Lap 61 0.6 mi 23 ft 27.2 mph 460 watts 172 bpm 0:01:16
Lap 62 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 426 watts 167 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 63 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.0 mph 433 watts 166 bpm 0:01:14
Lap 64 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 465 watts 164 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 65 0.6 mi 23 ft 29.6 mph 518 watts 162 bpm 0:01:10
Lap 66 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.4 mph 380 watts 164 bpm 0:01:13
Lap 67 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.9 mph 435 watts 168 bpm 0:01:17
Lap 68 0.6 mi 23 ft 26.5 mph 463 watts 167 bpm 0:01:18
Lap 69 0.6 mi 23 ft 28.8 mph 421 watts 173 bpm 0:01:12
Lap 70 0.6 mi 23 ft 31.9 mph 560 watts 181 bpm 0:01:05

Finally, Kristine and I got some good pics from the day – check them out in the gallery below! Summary post tomorrow…

June 28, 2011 at 3:21 pm 1 comment

Downer Ave Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 10

I think I may have cracked the top 15 on this one. I was really happy with the finish as it was a complete turnaround from yesterday. Even though I was again at the very front with one lap to go. I was able to hold my position and not get passed by anyone in the sprint. There were thousands and thousands of dollars worth of primes including one ultra-prime for $5600 won by Isaac Howe (Kenda), but I was never in position to go for any of them. That’s ok, though, because I really needed a good finish after yesterday’s performance.

The course was a triangle with turn #1 fast and straightforward, turn #2 acute on rough pavement, and turn #3 and #4 very fast back-to-back to make the triangle. I had a great start and came around the first turn in fifth position. I stayed up near the front for the rest of the first lap. Then on the second lap, there was a major surge on the backside of the course and I got caught in the wrong position and was passed by at least 50 riders so that I ended up in the back third of the field. I spent the next 20 laps or so moving up. The course was easy to pass people on, but it was also very easy to get passed. So my position varied greatly from front to back for a majority of the race. Towards the end, though, I hit it hard to get into the top 10 and then attacked any time the pace eased up. This kept me at the very front leading the field through the start/finish with one to go. I didn’t want to be at the very front so I eased up and then hopped on a wheel about 10 riders back when the surge came. I basically held this position until the end except for getting passed by a few people out of turn #2. So I think I squeezed into the top 15.

Here is a video of the women’s finish plus videos that Kristine took of our race:

Here are the lap splits for this 49 mile crit…

NAME   DIST   SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
Lap 1  0.8 mi 26.8 mph 396 watts 151 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 2  0.9 mi 28.3 mph 435 watts 156 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 3  0.8 mi 28.9 mph 460 watts 164 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 4  0.8 mi 29.1 mph 463 watts 160 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 5  0.9 mi 27.5 mph 453 watts 166 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 6  0.8 mi 28.1 mph 425 watts 165 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 7  0.8 mi 28.6 mph 457 watts 159 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 8  0.8 mi 28.9 mph 439 watts 167 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 9  0.9 mi 27.1 mph 442 watts 167 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 10 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 404 watts 164 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 11 0.9 mi 27.1 mph 387 watts 162 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 12 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 438 watts 161 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 13 0.9 mi 26.1 mph 412 watts 172 bpm 0:01:56
Lap 14 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 400 watts 152 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 15 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 457 watts 155 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 16 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 449 watts 156 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 17 0.8 mi 26.6 mph 374 watts 152 bpm 0:01:54
Lap 18 0.9 mi 29.7 mph 550 watts 162 bpm 0:01:42
Lap 19 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 403 watts 167 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 20 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 424 watts 161 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 21 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 446 watts 160 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 22 0.8 mi 27.8 mph 416 watts 156 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 23 0.9 mi 26.8 mph 381 watts 162 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 24 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 444 watts 159 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 25 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 424 watts 157 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 26 0.8 mi 28.1 mph 407 watts 157 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 27 0.9 mi 26.6 mph 385 watts 154 bpm 0:01:54
Lap 28 0.9 mi 27.5 mph 442 watts 164 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 29 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 408 watts 157 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 30 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 452 watts 164 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 31 0.9 mi 28.1 mph 432 watts 159 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 32 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 411 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 33 0.8 mi 29.7 mph 484 watts 159 bpm 0:01:42
Lap 34 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 443 watts 161 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 35 0.9 mi 27.3 mph 414 watts 157 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 36 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 384 watts 153 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 37 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 434 watts 154 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 38 0.9 mi 26.8 mph 417 watts 159 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 39 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 417 watts 159 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 40 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 421 watts 154 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 41 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 464 watts 156 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 42 0.8 mi 28.1 mph 447 watts 157 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 43 0.8 mi 28.6 mph 452 watts 158 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 44 0.9 mi 27.8 mph 454 watts 159 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 45 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 451 watts 160 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 46 0.8 mi 29.1 mph 491 watts 163 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 47 0.9 mi 28.3 mph 452 watts 154 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 48 0.9 mi 27.1 mph 403 watts 154 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 49 0.9 mi 25.9 mph 365 watts 152 bpm 0:01:57
Lap 50 0.8 mi 27.1 mph 345 watts 162 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 51 0.8 mi 28.3 mph 451 watts 161 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 52 0.8 mi 27.5 mph 396 watts 163 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 53 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 395 watts 161 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 54 0.8 mi 27.3 mph 391 watts 163 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 55 0.8 mi 29.4 mph 467 watts 165 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 56 0.8 mi 27.8 mph 402 watts 172 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 57 0.8 mi 29.7 mph 511 watts 176 bpm 0:01:42

Here is a link to the interactive Strava data: http://app.strava.com/rides/810911

Map of the course plus my easy hill repeats for warm-up

Heartrate and speed data for the race

Finally, here is a gallery of pics from the day:

June 26, 2011 at 12:15 am Leave a comment

Fond du Lac Grand Prix – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 9

The Fond du Lac Grand prix yesterday was another great race that I managed to mess up at the end. Let’s start with the positive, though. I was in several breaks and even attacked once to start a break. I rode well at the front for the entire race before blowing the last lap. There was a really cool health fair for the kids where they got free entry into the Children’s Museum after first having fun outside with the police, firefighters, pirate ship bouncy obstacle course, and more.

Now back to the racing – this is definitely amazing training and experience, but it is unfortunate how expensive this trip is turning out to be with a $52 entry free for yesterday’s race and coming away with nothing. Maybe I can make up for it today with the Downer’s Grove race in Milwaukee having $10,000 worth of primes up for grabs. Surely I can find my way to the front for one or two of them! I was first in the field (five man break up the road) across the finish line at the start of the last lap. Two riders attacked coming out of turn #1, and I tried to chase and close the gap to them, but I didn’t make it so I was still leading the field now in 8th position on the road (5-man break, 2 guys dangling just ahead) heading into turn #3 when the surge for the finishing sprint started. I was expecting it, so I ramped up my own speed but still got passed by about 5 or 6 people heading into turn #3. Then I got passed by a few more people going through the final turn. Then in the final sprint I was passed by 7 or 8 more people including one right on the finish line even though my speed at the finish was 35mph. Everyone else must have been sprinting at 37-40mph. To summarize, I lost 20 positions on the last lap including 18 positions between turn #3 and the finish — finishing out of the money and out of the points. Here is all my data from Strava (my iBike broke during the race as the front cover fell off – I’m guessing that repeated days of pro racing at 30+ mph on Wisconsin bumpy, cracked roads places a lot of stress on the iBike)

Strava heartrate and speed data

Map of the race and warm-up. I found some good hills east of town.

June 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm Leave a comment

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

Ripon TT (aka “rest day”) – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 7

Instead of the time trial, I opted for a four hour easy paced ride in search of hills along the Ice Age trail. It was a beautiful ride … check out the panoramic view I stitched together from photos I took at the top of the lookout tower on Lapham Peak, and check out the pictures in the gallery below.

Panoramic view from the top of the Lapham Peak tower (click to enlarge)

Map of the hilly route through Waukesha over to Lapham peak (Cat 4 climb) on the Ice Age trail (click for a more detailed version)

One more note about yesterday’s Schlitz Park criterium … I forgot to mention the dramatic temperature drop during the middle of the race. You could see clouds and fog moving in, and the temperature dropped 10 degrees over a span of 30 minutes with the temperature bottoming out at 55 degF here on the first day of summer in Wisconsin! Here is the temperature graph from the race yesterday:
Heartrate and temperature graph from the Schlitz Park criterium

June 22, 2011 at 9:28 pm Leave a comment

Schlitz Park Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 6

Strava map highlighting one lap of the race.

This has to be one of my all-time favorite criterium courses, although I would not want to race it in the rain. Fortunately for us in the pro men’s field, we dodged the thunderstorms and raced on a completely dry course. This was not the case for races earlier in the day, including the pro women’s field (see pics in the gallery below). The race starts on Pleasant St at river level (Milwaukee River). The first turn takes you onto Brewer Hill where you climb all 68 ft that course gains in one shot. Then after a flat section across the top, you dive down through a series of twists and turns to make it back down to Pleasant St for the finishing sprint. In the middle of the race, I was thinking how beautiful it was to be following a single file line of riders through so many turns at speeds approaching 35mph on the downhill series of turns lap after lap. This was the most technical course of the entire series, and there were no wrecks!

Here is how the race played out – a small break established itself within the first few laps of the race. They stayed away for the entire race, but never lapped the field. Towards the middle of the race, I tried to get into a chase group. This lasted for a lap. Then with 5 laps to go, another move went off the front of the field. I saw it but hesitated. Then I decided to jump anyway and rode the rest of that lap and part of the next one solo trying to chase back onto the chase group. It was all for naught though, because the field caught me and eventually reeled back in the chase group with 3 laps to go. I had burned a lot of matches with that move, but I still really wanted a top 20 result so I fought hard to move up on the last two laps and ended up 19th.

iBike stats – a couple interesting things highlighted in red. The interesting thing about the braking is how little there was of it. You really didn’t have to brake that much anywhere on the course because everybody was so smooth!

6/21/2011   6:10 PM
Dist:       37.37 mi (1:30:12)
Energy:    1608.7 kJ
Cals Burn: 1537.9 kcal
Climbing:    3468 ft
Braking:    -24.5 kJ (-1.5%)

       Avg   Max
Power 297.2 1125 W
Speed  24.9   36 mi/h
Wind   19.1   36 mi/h
Caden  77.0  118 rpm
HR    158.3  177 bpm

iBike graph – note the entire lap solo with 5 to go … not a very good way to save energy for the finish …

And here are my Strava lap splits … with a link to the interactive strava data here – http://app.strava.com/rides/786672

       DIST   ELEV  SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
Lap 1  0.7 mi 68 ft 23.1 mph 268 watts 151 bpm 0:01:55
Lap 2  0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 348 watts 160 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 3  0.7 mi 68 ft 25.5 mph 342 watts 161 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 4  0.8 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 352 watts 161 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 5  0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 351 watts 163 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 6  0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 318 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 7  0.7 mi 68 ft 26.3 mph 351 watts 161 bpm 0:01:41
Lap 8  0.7 mi 68 ft 26.8 mph 370 watts 166 bpm 0:01:39
Lap 9  0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 293 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 10 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.4 mph 306 watts 154 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 11 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 331 watts 156 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 12 0.8 mi 68 ft 24.4 mph 349 watts 158 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 13 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 341 watts 162 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 14 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.9 mph 296 watts 157 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 15 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 323 watts 156 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 16 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 347 watts 157 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 17 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.3 mph 349 watts 158 bpm 0:01:41
Lap 18 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.5 mph 350 watts 158 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 19 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 319 watts 158 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 20 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 351 watts 159 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 21 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 368 watts 159 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 22 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.6 mph 381 watts 162 bpm 0:01:40
Lap 23 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 372 watts 165 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 24 0.7 mi 68 ft 22.5 mph 287 watts 156 bpm 0:01:58
Lap 25 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 310 watts 161 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 26 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.9 mph 335 watts 159 bpm 0:01:51
Lap 27 0.8 mi 68 ft 24.6 mph 358 watts 156 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 28 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.5 mph 353 watts 159 bpm 0:01:44
Lap 29 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.8 mph 365 watts 159 bpm 0:01:43
Lap 30 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.6 mph 340 watts 157 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 31 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.6 mph 391 watts 161 bpm 0:01:40
Lap 32 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.1 mph 317 watts 158 bpm 0:01:50
Lap 33 0.8 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 368 watts 159 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 34 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.5 mph 302 watts 155 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 35 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.7 mph 300 watts 153 bpm 0:01:52
Lap 36 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.5 mph 302 watts 153 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 37 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 340 watts 155 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 38 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 352 watts 156 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 39 0.8 mi 68 ft 24.6 mph 330 watts 153 bpm 0:01:48
Lap 40 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.8 mph 328 watts 152 bpm 0:01:47
Lap 41 0.7 mi 68 ft 26.3 mph 362 watts 159 bpm 0:01:41
Lap 42 0.7 mi 68 ft 23.5 mph 322 watts 154 bpm 0:01:53
Lap 43 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 334 watts 155 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 44 0.7 mi 68 ft 21.8 mph 257 watts 151 bpm 0:02:02
Lap 45 0.7 mi 68 ft 22.5 mph 258 watts 153 bpm 0:01:58
Lap 46 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 352 watts 164 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 47 0.7 mi 68 ft 24.4 mph 353 watts 165 bpm 0:01:49
Lap 48 0.7 mi 68 ft 27.4 mph 397 watts 163 bpm 0:01:37
Lap 49 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.1 mph 382 watts 161 bpm 0:01:46
Lap 50 0.7 mi 68 ft 25.3 mph 339 watts 162 bpm 0:01:45
Lap 51 0.7 mi 68 ft 28.0 mph 439 watts 168 bpm 0:01:35

Finally, here is a gallery of pics from the day. Hover over each one for a caption.

June 21, 2011 at 11:40 pm Leave a comment

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