Video of a very tired me crossing the line after more than 40 miles on a solo break (Video taken by Russell Fulmer’s wife – thank you!)
What a great way to start off the racing season – with our team taking 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th. I won on a long solo break after my initial break companion, Joe from Florence, came off the pace on the hill before the transition back to smooth pavement. We already had a somewhat sizable gap so I couldn’t just sit up and wait – instead I really didn’t have any choice but to put my head down and ride as hard as I could for the next 2 hours. My teammate Justin Bynum put in a late move and got away with and then outsprinted a Velocity rider for 2nd. My teammates Pat and Chris Allison took the top two spots in the field sprint for 4th and 5th. What a great start to the season!
Here are my iBike stats from the race -
---------Selection Stats--------- Dist: 48.51 mi (2:05:38) Energy: 2338.3 kJ Cals Burn: 2235.5 kcal Climbing: 1708 ft Braking: -2.9 kJ (-0.1%) Min Avg Max Power 0 310.2 681 W Aero 0 253.9 774 W Rolling 0 42.4 61 W Gravity -645 3.0 479 W Speed 0.0 23.2 33.6 mi/h Wind 0.0 23.1 37.9 mi/h Elev 671 770 856 ft Slope -11.2 0.04 8.8 % Caden 0 75.5 107 rpm HR 99 165.4 185 bpm NP:332W IF:1.11 TSS:257 VI:1.07 CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0055 168 lbs (includes bike, clothes, equipment); 2/19/2012 2:32 PM 45 degF; 1015 mbar
Here is my Powertap data (yes I had both my iBike and my powertap for this race) including the new personal power records for the entire range from 20 minutes to 2 hours!
Interesting “Y” shape on my pedal force / pedal velocity graph. I’m used to the spike in the middle, but not the strong underlying portion – I guess the darker CP curve section is b/c of the steadiness of the flats/downhills and the vertical portion is attacking the hills
I arrived really early so I could do some of my favorite climbs in the area, including the 231 climb which is just awesome after/during rain b/c there are waterfalls pouring off of every cliff … the panorama below doesn’t even include the ones you can see as you are climbing – I hiked off the road to a kudzu cliff (that’s the way kudzu looks in the winter) to get the picture of this large waterfall.
Finally, here is a topocreator map of the entire race plus my warm-up climbs up 231/Blount Mountain and the always steep Chandler Mountain climb.