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Old 03-15-08, 09:41 PM   #1
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Fort Lewis Crit - short(ish) report

The RMCCC traveled to Durango for a TTT, crit, and RR hosted by Fort Lewis this weekend. The TTT this morning was pretty uneventful - 25k point to point with a big climb (called Shalona I think, for anyone from Durango) at the end. Sucked on a TT bike with a 44/21 but still made it up just fine.

This afternoon came the fun part. A 6 corner, .5 mile crit with a 300m climb thrown in the middle. I rode the with the power tap today since I don't have a whole lot of power data from racing, and I figured that this one would be pretty interesting with the climb. Mens A was supposed to do 60 minutes, but we ended up doing a bit over 50 for some reason.
My job for the day was to be a workhorse, since our sprinter is back (national champ last year). Make the climb fast, bring back breaks, all that jazz. I ended up on the front quite a bit with my two other teammates assigned to the same duty.
The climb split everything up pretty quickly, I think about half the field was gone at about 30 minutes. It's pretty easy to see why looking at the numbers! My 138 lb self was putting out 750-1100 watts for the 15 second climb every lap - we did 38 laps. Nothing like a nice hour long session of 15s on/45 slightly less on intervals.
Long story short, I ended up pulling a break back with 2 to go. Pulled it back right at the beginning of the climb, blew up, got passed by the whole field (by this time down to about 30) and was gapped by about 10m at the top. Decided that 2 laps to go was not the time to get dropped and gave it everything to get back on on the short downhill. Made it to the back after another short sprint, moved up over the next 3 corners by taking some slightly dangerous, but very fast, lines so I was about 1/2 way up by the field. At this point I was already so far beyond red-lining it I'm sure it was just last-lap adrenaline that kept me going. We hit the climb and I hit it absolutely as hard as I could and moved up to about 13th wheel. Sat in the for the 5 second downhill, came around the last corner on the outside and sprinted for the line, passing a few guys in the last 50m or so. I think I ended up 9th or 10th.

Now for the numbers:
Max watts: 1218 (final sprint)
5s: 886
1m: 411
av: 243
Normalized: 314
I think the difference is just because there were so many corners, so there was a lot of gliding. Every time I looked down while pedaling it was over 300, but spending a bunch of time at 0 kills the average.

and the graphs

Whole race:


sample 3 laps: start finish is about 10s after the power peaks.
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Old 03-15-08, 09:55 PM   #2
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MAN, that's strong. Holy crap, great work. Amazing sprint at the end of a really tough race. Congratulations!

How'd your sprinter do?
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2nd. it's his first race of the year and he's coming off a hip injury. We had 2nd, 5th, and me in 9th I think. Kiel won... again.

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Nice job. Sounds like a brutal race.
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A few photos:
1) the short but not so nice climb
2) on the climb again
3) pulling back a break



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This course, and the picture of the hill, remind me of the course at Madison at the MWCCC did last year.

It's .5 or .6mi square around the Wisconsin Capitol building. Start/finish is on a downhill, ~100m to a left hander, 200m, left, etc. Down, flat, up, flat. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I sat at the back literally the entire time until a few to go (and then got caught behind a crash on the last lap), coming around people hard and fast if they let a gap open. Probably not the nicest thing to do, because it gapped them off immediately. This earned me the nickname of "The Reaper" among a few friends for a week or two because if I passed you in that race, you were done. Out the back never to be seen again.

I also threw down the biggest ~1hr average I've ever done in a race that day.

Glad to see that you're kicking ass so far this year, ZeCanon. I wish I was still in school so I could come race collegiate nats out there in May. Bummer.
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Nice race man. I love that course. Almost makes me wish I wasn't on spring break.
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Nice race man. I love that course. Almost makes me wish I wasn't on spring break.
Thanks! It' my favorite race of the year so far. I spent half the freaking race chasing down your teammates Colin and Mitch though. FLC, CU and us kept getting into breaks so those two and Mitch from utah kept trying to bridge. Actually I think utah Mitch pulled back what we thought was going to be the deciding break pretty much solo. Nothing like some national caliber mountain bike power for reeling in a break
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Woohoo! Go Rams!
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Thanks! It' my favorite race of the year so far. I spent half the freaking race chasing down your teammates Colin and Mitch though. FLC, CU and us kept getting into breaks so those two and Mitch from utah kept trying to bridge. Actually I think utah Mitch pulled back what we thought was going to be the deciding break pretty much solo. Nothing like some national caliber mountain bike power for reeling in a break
No kidding. Those two are hella strong and I hear the Mitch from Utah is a match for our mitch. I was doing intervals up a local climb on my road bike last week. A fitness test actually, going as hard as I can for ~9 mins. Colin cruises up to me on his mountain bike with a big smile on his face and starts chatting me up. Eventually I kind of shoated/spat/vomitted/exploded "Dude, I hate that you can keep up with me right now". He shrugged and zoomed off up the road. That kid is insane.
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FLC road race today. Initiated a 5 man break 3 miles in that ended up sticking, thanks to about 8 guys bridging around mile 20. Felt like crap most of the day but told myself I was not going to let the group go. The group ended up splitting into 3, I was in the 3rd. I broke my chain in the sprint and almost killed myself, but ran it in for 10th I think. It was a hard race only because I was in the break so early. I'm toasted after 4+ hrs of racing this weekend.

Colin is a freak of nature. Lucky for us he's all mtb so he's not jumpy enough to get away. He missed the break today but Mitch made it, but flatted on the last lap. Got a wheel from my team but never got back on. I think he was the one coming up on me when I was running into the finish.
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