Wow, what a great day! This picture about says it all. My teammate Pat Allison won the Pro/1/2/3 race, and I managed to hold on for 3rd after putting in an attack on the last hill. Travis Sherman rode strong to finish 2nd after having won the Masters 30+ race earlier in the day.
Before I go into the details from the races, here is a quick summary. We fielded large teams for both the Masters 30+ race and the Pro/1/2/3 race. My teammate Wes Douglas made it into an early break with Joe Ruf from Madison and Travis Sherman (Marx and Bensdorf). Wes eventually took third with Travis taking the win. I attacked with two laps to go and then broke away from our chase group to take 4th.
For the Pro/1/2/3 race, we took 1st (Pat Allison), 3rd (Me), 6th (Terry Duran), 7th (Stuart Lamp), and 9th (Darryl Seelhorst). Pat and I bridged up to the winning break on the 2nd lap, and for a while we had five guys in the break. Eventually we finished with 3 guys in the break working our numbers perfectly to get the win!
The details – Masters 30+
For the Masters 30+ race, we lined up with six guys and were aggressive throughout the race. Wes made it into the day’s winning breakaway with Travis and Joe from Madison. Once their break was established, I decided to sit in and mark the strong guys to get the free ride across if they attacked. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much attacking so we lost our advantage in numbers as Wes was on his own to battle it out with Travis and Joe. With three laps to go, one of the Pacesetter Steel riders attacked hard, and I covered it. But the pack was still fresh enough to reel us back in. Then with two laps to go, I drifted to the back and then attacked into the headwind after the first turn. I bridged to another Pacesetter Steel rider who was already off the front bringing Will Hibberts (Alabama Masters) and Travis Werts (Sonic) with me. We worked together for a lap, but then I was feeling that our pace wasn’t fast enough so I attacked again on the last lap. Only Travis Werts was able to come with me and then came off on the last hill. So I rolled in for fourth. Sammy did well in the field sprint for 10th.
2011 Barbers Masters 30+ heartrate summary
The details – Pro/1/2/3
We had eleven guys line up for the start of this race. I think that is the most riders we have ever had in one race! We raced this race pretty much to perfection as we were attacking and covering everything. I countered one of Stuart’s attacks at the end of the first lap and only managed to string out the field. Coming through the start/finish, there was a counter attack to my attack and we had 3 guys cover the move — Terry, Darryl, and Paul. Also in the break were Travis Werts, Travis Sherman, and Joe Ruf from Madison. The break was working well together and starting to establish itself. Meanwhile, back in the group we took turns covering moves.
Towards the end of the second lap, Ed Whitehorn (Velocity Pro Cycles) attacked and Pat covered it. They got a good gap right away and we were on the most difficult part of the course, so I decided to bridge across to it. I got away cleanly from the field and as I came up to Pat, I yelled “Let’s go!”. Pat thought the entire field was still there so I went flying right by. As soon as Pat realized that we had a good gap, he attacked the small group he was in and bridged back up to me. So the two of us were away. We caught up to the break into the strong headwind after turn 1. We came up fast and tried to rally the troops, but some of the guys in the break were already struggling when we tried to ramp up the pace. The end result was that we lost one of our own riders (Darryl) from the break and disrupted the rhythm of the break temporarily. It was a tricky situation because we did ramp the pace up quite a bit, which we definitely needed to do in order to get enough of a gap before the corkscrew downhill where the pack would make up some time on us if they were chasing hard.
Within half a lap, though, we had settled in and started a good rotation and had started to put some good time into the field. We continued at a blistering pace working well together all the way until just before the start of the last lap. Travis Sherman knew that we would begin attacking so he decided to jump the gun and put in his own attack possibly to see if he could reduce the odds against him. Pat led the charge and chased Travis down as the rest of us strung out behind. Travis attacked again before the corkscrew. Then coming into the headwind after the cork screw, my teammate Terry Duran put in a perfect attack because it forced Travis to chase. We caught Terry at the base of the final hill, so I put in a counter attack right away. I was pretty much dying by this point so I wasn’t going that much faster but it was enough to get a gap to force Travis to chase again with Pat sitting on his wheel. Coming down the finishing stretch, Travis closed the gap to me and came around, but Pat was waiting and came around easily taking the sprint by several bike lengths. My initial attack had given us enough of a gap that I was able to hold on for third with Travis Werts charging hard for fourth followed by Joe Ruf and Terry.
Kristine told me after the race that Tria was all over everything back in the field, covering every single move that tried to get away from the group. At the end of the race, Stuart attacked on the last hill and was able to stay away for 7th place with Jan Kolar just behind. Then Darryl won the field sprint for 9th. So that’s about it, what a great race!
Coming off the last turn into the finishing straight, still with a small gap. Travis still chasing. Photo by Alan Laytham
Travis Sherman finishes closing the gap to me with Pat waiting to take the sprint. Photo by Alan Laytham
Pat Allison takes the win followed by Travis and me. Photo by Monika Duran
2011 Barbers ride to live pro/1/2/3 heartrate summary
Here are some videos from the Pro/1/2/3 race courtesy Kristine.
I ran out of battery on my iBike because I had left it running in between races and forgot my iPhone charger so for power data, I only have the first three laps of the Pro/1/2/3 race. I have annotated the attack as follows – 1) My initial attack 2) Waiting for Pat after he attacked to bridge back up to me 3) Finishing the bridge together to the group (400w min through here)
Pro/1/2/3 first three laps Dist: 7.87 mi (0:18:16) Energy: 329.7 kJ Cals Burn: 315.2 kcal Climbing: 248 ft Braking: 0.0 kJ (0.0%) Min Avg Max Power 0 300.8 924 W Aero 0 152.6 564 W Rolling 16 47.2 72 W Gravity -1287 4.3 754 W Speed 8.6 25.9 39.6 mi/h Wind 0.0 18.2 34.0 mi/h Elev 353 386 416 ft Slope -10.0 0.05 9.9 % Caden 9 82.7 106 rpm HR 118 174.3 192 bpm NP 344 W; IF 1.148; TSS 40.1 CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0055 168 lbs; 4/23/2011 1:27 PM 88 degF; 1013 mbar
Our entire bridge took just over 1.5 minutes and here are the stats on it:
---------Selection Stats--------- Dist: 0.75 mi (0:01:35) Energy: 44.2 kJ Cals Burn: 42.3 kcal Climbing: 17 ft Braking: 0.0 kJ (0.0%) Min Avg Max Power 0 465.7 893 W Aero 0 247.7 564 W Rolling 34 52.0 65 W Gravity -647 29.7 706 W Speed 18.8 28.5 35.3 mi/h Wind 8.7 21.6 31.6 mi/h Elev 388 397 409 ft Slope -6.5 0.31 9.7 % Caden 63 84.7 99 rpm HR 165 182.3 190 bpm NP 437 W; IF 1.456; TSS 5.6 CdA: 0.342 m^2; Crr: 0.0055 168 lbs; 4/23/2011 1:36 PM 88 degF; 1013 mbar