Berkeley Hills Team Time Trial - March 7, 2009
Category: Tandem (open)
Hermes – captain & Velodiva - stoker
Place: 3rd out of a field of 8
Official Results - http://www.berkeleybike.org/events/b...9_results.html
Pictures - http://www.jpimages.biz/gallery/7539...87054596_DZzAX
After all the recent rain, it was refreshing to have sunny skies and 50 degree temps on race day. The light fog lifted well before our 10:09:30 (second to last team!) start time. This is the 16.7 mile “Three Bears Course” with two major climbs and our 3rd annual team time trial on the tandem at this event.
There were 251 two person teams entered and broken down by various USCF categories - P/1/2, Masters, Elite 3/4/5, tandem and etc. Each team started as a pair and each team must finish together within one meter of each other. Equipment varied between time trial and road bikes.
We did the pre-race analysis and determined that 3rd place in our division was a possibility for us. We concluded first and second place would be secured by a significant margin. We projected that four tandem teams would be within one minute of each other competing for 3rd place. So going into the event, we knew that every second would count. Also, we knew that time would be gained or lost on the climbs after the first downhill.
We had a good start with 6 other tandems starting ahead and settled in below threshold pace - negative splits. When we got to the start of the first downhill section, a time check showed that we were approximately at the same time as the previous year. We took the downhill with moderate power and got a little recovery setting up for the right turn and commencing the climbs.
We continued along but did not see any other tandems for a while. Right before Mama Bear (the first major climb, we passed the tandem team that started 1 ½ minutes ahead of us. As we started our climb up Papa Bear (final climb before the finish), we passed our “two-minute rabbit” with our one-minute rabbit (male-male tandem team) in sight. We finished with a personal best. We were thrilled to make the podium and 59 seconds separated 3rd and 6th place. And it doesn’t get much better than winning a pound of Peet’s coffee.
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Here are some pics:
The course – blue is elevation,green is speed and red is stoker's HR (Her HR did not drop after the start there was something wrong with the pickup in the beginning).
Us on one of the climbs, non-aero.
Us climbing Papa Bear toward the finish.
Velodiva warming up. We did not see any other tandems on trainers but we did see some riding around. This venue is tough venue upon which to warm-up. It was 40 degrees and foggy when we started and there is nothing but hills. Climbing is okay but descending is cold.
Registration and parking are at the bottom of a hill by a small reservoir. The setting is very nice. The start is at the top of a small hill.
Here are some pics of the parking area and warmup – lots of interesting equipment and people warming up on trainers.