I had a bit of an epiphany today during the 5 hour drive from Birmingham to the start of the Labor Day Omnium — a time trial held across the Lake Hartwell dam on the South Carolina – Georgia border. I realized that I was more interested in the race venue than I was in the race itself. Following last week’s three state road race, this was going to be a two state time trial. I’m pretty sure that’s a first for me. Also, I would be racing my bike across a dam that created the massive lake (962 miles of shoreline) with Clemson on the northern end nearly 45 miles north of the dam on the lake’s southern end. This is the lake that I was baptized in, the lake next to which I proposed to my wife, the lake I used to jog next to, the lake next to which we used to do two up, standing start 53×11 sprints on the CU cycling team.
It would be great to cap off that nice story with a resounding time trial victory, but in the end I was happy to place 26th about 37 seconds behind the winning time of Bobby Sweeting (Kenda Pro Cycling). Frank Travieso (Team Coco’s) was 2nd followed by David Winston (Globalbike) in 3rd. I was targeting more than 400w, but ended up coming in at 393w for the 4’45” effort. I’ve included the annotated power map and power plots below.