Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: Too Many
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On Saturday, we completed our first time trial on our tandem since returning to cycling in May 2006. The results are posted in http://www.scaledup.com/beattheclock/2_07_overall.pdf
. There were 49 entries and we are team Genentech. We completed the 9.7 mile course with an elevation gain of 400 feet in 28 minutes and 45 seconds. At the morning of the TT, our team weighed 284.4 pounds and the bike, as raced, weighed 35.4 pounds (weighed at bike shop). Below is an elevation map of the course.
The race was fun and we had beautiful sunny, clear weather. The temperature was in the low 50s when we started. The people who organized the event did a great job and the proceeds went to charity. We rode the flat and downhill sections of the course at approximately 90% max HR and the hills at >95% max HR. For the last mile which was uphill, we were rode at max output. For an early season event, we were happy with the effort. If you are not familiar the time trial format, riders go out on the course a minute apart and race against the clock. We plan to ride the next time trial, March 28th organized by the same people. We are deciding if it will be tandem or individual. Most of the riders in the event had aero equipment including TT bikes, TT helmets and TT wheel sets.
After the TT, we rode another 30 miles and saw a number of pro cycling teams on the road training for the Tour of California. It is really cool to see the pros on the road where we ride.
On Sunday, we rode 30 miles on road bikes and in the afternoon, we went to San Francisco to see the Prolog (1.9 mile time trial) of the Tour of California Pro Bike Race. It was a beautiful day for cycling and we walked around the area where the pros stage to warm up and you can see the pros, hardware and take pics. Also, we watched the pros as they started and also on the course. The access to the riders and the equipment was excellent. The amount of hardware and support for each pro team is amazing.
We were off on Monday and went on a 54 mile tandem ride. We had beautiful sunny weather with the temperature in the mid 60s.