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    Tour of the Gila 40+ "race" report


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    Thanks for posting the link, that's a race I definitely want on my calender one of these days. Sorry yours didnt go as well as you'd hoped.

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    Great race report and congrats on surviving the Gila SR. I did that race many years ago and was sooo trashed after finishing one of the stages that I accidentally left my helmet on the ground behind my car and ran it over, smashing it into a million pieces. I think I did it subliminally so I'd have an excuse to go home.

    Insofar as 4.2 w/kg making someone a domestic pro that chart (in the blog) is BOGUS! The numbers I've seen published by various sources are way too low, as 4.5 is table stakes to be a decent climber (at least in SCal/NCal races) and the best are pushing a helluva lot more than that.

    Lindsay Blount, who finished 2cnd on GC in the 40+ Gila field is a local gentic freak who crushes us most weekends when he's not off crushing others at various national events. I'd peg Lindsay's FTP (one hour power) at 5+. You realize very quickly that either "you got it" or you don't in this sport.

    Congrats again!

    gene r

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    I know the chart is bogus... but on the other hand it is old (before Cat 5 was invented and maybe long before that). I don't remember where it came from, but supposedly someone thought it was typical at one time.

    Lindsay Blount might be well above 5 W/kg on FTP. I was talking to some other guys in my race around the breakfast table one morning, and they said there was someone in our race with FTP of 5 who was only mid-pack on the Mogollon climb (where his avg was ~4.5).

    Boyer, who I think finished 12th in the Tour de France one year, only managed 7th on Mogollon and 5th overall!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rruff
    Boyer, who I think finished 12th in the Tour de France one year, only managed 7th on Mogollon and 5th overall!
    Boyer also won the RAAM in 1985.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LT Intolerant
    Lindsay Blount, who finished 2cnd on GC in the 40+ Gila field is a local gentic freak who crushes us most weekends when he's not off crushing others at various national events.
    And a little more color commentary. After Lindsay gave him a fight last year, Michael Carter brought a larger, stronger team to the race this year to help him out.

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    Lindsay is an amazing rider, but what's even more amazing is that he's a better person (as humble as the day is long) than he is a rider, and that's saying a lot. What he's accomplished in a very short period of time is amazing. The fact that he can take on ex-pros like Carter, Boyer and C Walker and go toe-to-toe with them is amazing.

    If he had ridden and competed as a junior I have no doubt he would have been a Euro pro, and a succesful one at that. Instead he became/is an oncologist at the Santa Barbara Cancer Center and saves lives in his "spare time".

    gene r

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