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Greenbush Road Race – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 5

Notice anything missing in this picture??? Answer – my iBike came loose on one section of bumpy road. There was no way to tighten it back up while riding so I had to wait for one of the screws to come completely off. Then I could spin the iBike around to unscrew the other screw. Finished the race with the iBike and my iPhone in my pocket.

This was a fun race course through the Kettle Moraine State Forest area near Greenbush and Elkhart Lake. The course was rolling with several steep rollers having gradients well over 10%. I got into an early move that lasted 3/4 of a lap. The field brought us back, and I drifted too far back in the pack so I missed the counter attack and a subsequent chase group that hung in front of us for a while. Then as people in our group started to pull out of the race, the chase group left the field for good which meant that the rest of us were racing for something like 12th or 13th. Still, I wanted to make a race of it so I tried to get in a few moves, and I tried to keep the pace in the field rolling.

On the last lap, Steve Tilford attacked after exiting the forest. A couple guys bridged up to him, and I was sorta in disbelief that I had just missed another move. An ISCorp rider attacked into the headwind a little while later. I was at the front and determined not to just wait for a field sprint. So I attacked to bridge up to the ISCorp rider. I attacked hard and was able to get away cleanly. I looked behind and saw that the field hadn’t responded so I poured everything into it not saving anything for the sprint. I made it to the ISCorp rider right as we were making the lefthand turn to take us through a long section of crosswinds. We worked hard together and could see the field strung out behind, but they had waited too long to start chasing. Up ahead we were closing on the break of three who appeared to have merged with the remnants of the chase group that had been gone since the second lap. I need to see the results to see my exact placing to determine if that is what happened. In any case, we couldn’t quite close the gap to that group, but we stayed ahead of the field. I couldn’t compete with the ISCorp rider in the sprint after doing a lot of work so I sat up and eased in just ahead of the field.

iBike power data for half of the greenbush road race

Here is a map of the course, plus here is a link to interactive stats from the ride – http://app.strava.com/rides/778406.

And here are the Strava lap splits…

NAME  DIST   SPEED    POWER     HR      TIME
1 lap 9.9 mi 25.6 mph 375 watts 157 bpm 0:23:07
1 lap 9.8 mi 25.8 mph 376 watts 149 bpm 0:22:59
1 lap 9.9 mi 24.8 mph 343 watts 147 bpm 0:23:53
1 lap 9.8 mi 24.4 mph 328 watts 148 bpm 0:24:16
1 lap 9.9 mi 23.5 mph 302 watts 144 bpm 0:25:09
1 lap 9.9 mi 22.9 mph 287 watts 144 bpm 0:25:48
1 lap 9.9 mi 22.9 mph 279 watts 141 bpm 0:25:52
1 lap 9.9 mi 24.9 mph 338 watts 154 bpm 0:23:49

Finally, here is a gallery of pics from the day — some from the race and some from Minneapolis / St Paul where the rest of the family had a fun day on quite a few adventures of their own.

Waukesha Criterium – Tour of America’s Dairyland – Day 4

Finally, I made it into the top 20 to score a point towards the overall omnium. I am excited about the road race tomorrow with its double points and long distance (about 80 miles). I had a great warm-up ride with lots of climbing up some very steep hills in Waukesha. None of them gained more than 150′, but several of them were in the 10-15% gradient range.

I had a not so good start somewhere in the middle of the pack. I decided to try the outside line, and it seemed to work on the six-corner course. I gradually moved towards the front, but then when the pace slowed down on one of the laps, I was able to attack from about 50 riders back from the front and move all the way off the front into a chase group chasing a break. The field was pretty much right on us, but from this point on in the race I was able to stay at the front of the field. I went with several moves and was hoping to be in position to go for a prime. The finish was great except I lost a few positions when I became convinced that the rider next to me was about to plow into some slower moving riders at the finish line. I eased up to consider my escape options for the pileup that was for sure going to happen, but at the last second he slammed on his brakes to avoid hitting them. Still, he was able to pass me in the process and a couple riders to his right also passed me literally on the line. Frustrating.

Here is all my iBike power data and lap splits from Strava.

iBike power data for the Waukesha Criterium


Strava ride map – interactive data here – http://app.strava.com/rides/773236

NAME	DIST	SPEED	 POWER	   HR	   TIME
1 Lap	0.8 mi	27.5 mph 294 watts 149 bpm 0:01:56
1 Lap	0.8 mi	28.8 mph 381 watts 162 bpm 0:01:51
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.7 mph 450 watts 166 bpm 0:01:44
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 438 watts 167 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 407 watts 172 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.4 mph 408 watts 170 bpm 0:01:45
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 410 watts 169 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.1 mph 461 watts 169 bpm 0:01:46
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 388 watts 165 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.0 mph 449 watts 165 bpm 0:01:43
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.3 mph 423 watts 166 bpm 0:01:42
1 Lap	0.8 mi	28.5 mph 347 watts 166 bpm 0:01:52
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.0 mph 438 watts 175 bpm 0:01:43
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 445 watts 171 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	28.5 mph 379 watts 166 bpm 0:01:52
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.6 mph 395 watts 162 bpm 0:01:48
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 396 watts 170 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 414 watts 170 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 424 watts 170 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.0 mph 442 watts 171 bpm 0:01:43
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 428 watts 171 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.0 mph 380 watts 163 bpm 0:01:50
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.1 mph 408 watts 168 bpm 0:01:46
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 405 watts 164 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 406 watts 165 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	28.8 mph 373 watts 162 bpm 0:01:51
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 374 watts 164 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 424 watts 159 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.1 mph 443 watts 163 bpm 0:01:46
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.6 mph 373 watts 159 bpm 0:01:48
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.0 mph 368 watts 160 bpm 0:01:50
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.6 mph 373 watts 166 bpm 0:01:48
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.1 mph 407 watts 171 bpm 0:01:46
1 Lap	0.9 mi	30.1 mph 408 watts 168 bpm 0:01:46
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.4 mph 362 watts 170 bpm 0:01:45
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.0 mph 385 watts 172 bpm 0:01:50
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 408 watts 168 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.9 mi	29.3 mph 338 watts 159 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.1 mph 424 watts 163 bpm 0:01:46
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.4 mph 437 watts 164 bpm 0:01:45
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 365 watts 167 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.7 mph 457 watts 172 bpm 0:01:44
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.4 mph 421 watts 170 bpm 0:01:45
1 Lap	0.8 mi	28.8 mph 358 watts 169 bpm 0:01:51
1 Lap	0.8 mi	28.5 mph 350 watts 163 bpm 0:01:52
1 Lap	0.8 mi	30.4 mph 369 watts 167 bpm 0:01:45
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.3 mph 372 watts 172 bpm 0:01:49
1 Lap	0.8 mi	29.8 mph 406 watts 166 bpm 0:01:47
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.3 mph 423 watts 169 bpm 0:01:42
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.6 mph 462 watts 174 bpm 0:01:41
1 Lap	0.8 mi	31.0 mph 476 watts 180 bpm 0:01:43

And finally here is an annotated gallery of photos from the day: