Monthly Archives: June 2008

2008 Memphis Grand Prix – Road Race

Quick summary: 5th place

The details: Small field but with good representation from Marx and Bendorf (8 riders), Nashville Cyclist (4 riders), and Team Type I (2 riders). I was very aggressive at the beginning and followed Travis (Marx and Bendorf) on an attack from the line. I sat up after about half a mile though. Then there were some attacks and two riders got away: a Marx and Bendorf rider and a Nashville Cyclist rider. I attacked a few times to try to get something going – but everything was getting chased down and covered well by Marx and Bendorf. Then the race got real easy as Team Type I rode tempo. I got in the mix too and rode tempo a bit. There was one other rider who also helped out with keeping the break in check, but it was mostly Team Type I. Eventually, the break of two had a lead of about two and a half minutes. At this point, Marx and Bendorf started to send riders off the front. This increased the pace and by the end of the third lap (out of 4) we had brought the lead back down to just 30 seconds and we could see the break up the road. There was a flurry of attacks, and Nate Brown (Hot tubes development) bridged across to it. A little while later the Nashville cyclist rider popped. At this point, it became a very tactical race as suddenly I had to make sure that I was in any break containing a Team Type I rider. Two guys got away late (nashville cyclist and marx and bendorf) and Team Type I led the chase. The leadout coming across the last big hill was the two Team Type I riders, Mike Olheiser (Marx and Bendorf) and then me. Our group caught the two guys who were off the front of the group right in the middle of the sprint. I navigated around them but couldn’t come around Joe or Mike so I finished 3rd in the field sprint, 5th overall. I believe Nate Brown got the win in a very close bike-throw sprint with Sam Silvey (Marx and Bendorf).

Here’s my heart rate and power data. Unfortunately, my cadence magnet slid down during the race and stopped reading – this also turns off the power meter! So I only have power readings for the first lap and a half.

2008 memphis road race (with annotations)

  1. Aggressive here, several attacks, covered others and initiated some as well
  2. First major attacks after riding tempo with Team Type I. Marx and Bendorf initiated some of these attacks, and the pace really picked up as we covered them
  3. I think this is where the field blew up near the end of the third lap
  4. This is where I had to cover some moves or jump with some moves to make sure that I didn’t get left out from the finish

Biking in Memphis!

We’re settled into the Hampton Inn here just outside of Memphis in Colliersville, TN. It was a nice drive up even with a major nose bleed from Analise which started with “Daddy, my nose is running”. We turn around to see Analise covered in blood from her nose down to her chin (she had wiped blood all over her cheeks and into her hair). Kristine valiantly cleaned her up, calmed her down, and got the bleeding to stop. She was fine in a matter of minutes as if nothing had happened.

After that, we met Lennie and Kim and their kids for a fun Greek/Italian dinner in Tupelo, MS. A short drive later and we made it up here to Colliersville. I just got back from a spin around a cool park called “Eagle Lake” which had a really nice lighted bike path around a lake. There were tons of geese and even a big heron that took off when I rode by it. It was cool to see it swooping out of the water and past one of the lights on the path.

The racing starts bright and early tomorrow morning with a 72 mile road race, followed by a 4 mile mostly flat TT tomorrow afternoon, and an hour-long criterium Sunday morning. Wish me luck!