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Old 05-16-07, 01:32 PM
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How does this course compare to the courses you've raced on?

Gonna do my first race in 7 years. now 30 lbs heavier. It looks like a fun course. I know its gonna be hot. Around 95*F or maybe hotter. I starts with a 4.2 mi. TT (up hill) then a 35 min. Crit (mostly flat) and then the next day is a 44 mi. road race here are the details of the race... How does this race compare to the kind of races forum members around here do? Just wondering I guess.

This is the climb for the time trial as well as the first part of the road race.

http://www.toporoute.com/cgi-bin/get...QNLBDMELOUMFAO






Ok so I moved this to the road racing page.
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The racers make the course hard, or not so hard. Any particular course can be easy or hard depending on who shows up and the effort they're willing to put out to make the race a RACE.

That being said, yeah, that looks like an unpleasant prologue. But, again, just like any TT, it should hurt like hell regardless of the slope, whether a 3% down grade, flat, rolling hills, or a hill climb.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
The racers make the course hard, or not so hard. Any particular course can be easy or hard depending on who shows up and the effort they're willing to put out to make the race a RACE.

That being said, yeah, that looks like an unpleasant prologue. But, again, just like any TT, it should hurt like hell regardless of the slope, whether a 3% down grade, flat, rolling hills, or a hill climb.
Well said my brotha'. I know the road race will be like bats outa hell right off the gun... onlly 3 miles before the climbing starts.... I just hope I can hang on through the climb....
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent
The racers make the course hard, or not so hard. Any particular course can be easy or hard depending on who shows up and the effort they're willing to put out to make the race a RACE.

That being said, yeah, that looks like an unpleasant prologue. But, again, just like any TT, it should hurt like hell regardless of the slope, whether a 3% down grade, flat, rolling hills, or a hill climb.
+1

the TT course itself doesn't look that tough if I'm reading it correctly (1,00 feet of gain over 6 miles) but the fact that you'll be all-out and bleeding from your eyeballs 20 seconds into your effort and praying your 30 second man doesn't pass you will make it tough! Or maybe you're one of those genetic freaks that will catch and pass the poor soul that started 1 minute ahead of you, but you'll still be shredding your brain and foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog as you go all out.

I did the 45+ San Dimas SR here in SCal about a month or so ago. The opening TT was a 3.6 mile climb with an average grade of 5.6%. I was cross-eyed out of the starting gate and got passed by my 30 second man, less than 5 minutes into my effort (thank god my 1 minute man didn't catch me)!

In the end my time was 18:29, and even though I recorded a PR for that duration (10 watts higher than ever before for that time, averaging 323 watts for 18:30), I only finished 55th out of 85 starters.

The winner did 14:56! And sub 17:00 was good enough for somewhere around 30th if I remember correctly. So the course wasn't the issue, it is the fact that guys that should be drinking geritol and walking with canes are flying up mountains faster than bloody Cat 3s, and in the case of the winner, faster than 1/3rd of the pro 1/2 field!!! Now where's that thread on PEDs?

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