Tour de Rock. Week 9. ITT (Individual Time Trial). St. Croix Triathlon.

21.95 miles, 1:08:53 ITT time, 5th place B Group.

Course Description of the ITT course:

This week’s stage, the third-to-last stage, will be an individual time trial.  The course is a truncated version of the half-Ironman course at St. Croix (it’s actually an easier version of the real course, because the climbs aren’t quite as poisonous).  We’ll start at about Mike 4 of that course, and end at about Mile 26.  The overall distance will be just a bit short of 22 miles.  The course is net downhill, and the total climbing will be just over 1,000 feet.

I was still tight/sore from Sunday’s Boney Mountain Trail Half Marathon. My calves were sore more than my quads. Going into tonight’s race, I was a little leary if my body had it in there to hang for the huge climb, The Beast. The Beast is a climb that varies from 6% to 20%, and the CompuTrainer was yo-yoing up and down during the whole climb.

Fortunately, it went well. I didn’t bonk. And ironically, my legs felt better after, than before riding. For the ITT stage there was no drafting, so there was a lot less games to play with the other riders. Most of the night I was trying to stay ahead of Trevor. He was really good at the descents, so I had to pay attention and keep hammering it even on the descents.

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Tour de Rock. Week 9. ITT. St. Croix Triathlon. 21.95 mi. 5th place. B group. The Beast. 6%-20%.  Ride  Strava - Google Chrome 1212016 90640 PM

 Bill’s Race Report – B Group Thursday

Another quick night tonight, bought about by Mike Webb, Allison, Scott and Trevor for the Pushers, and Bill, Alvin, Joe & Amy for the Gunners. 

As befits a time trial, the stage started off briskly, with Mike moving into the lead, followed by Bill and Alvin.  These three rapidly opened a gap between themselves and the rest of the field. The gaps stabilized at 100 feet or so between each of these riders, and stayed that way for a few miles.  On the first significant climb, Bill put in a surge which caught Mike and moved past him on the descent.  Alvin came along and closed his gap to Mike without passing.  Behind them, Allison had started strong, but was starting to fade and was passed by Trevor, who set out after Joe, and Amy.  Scott was keeping an even pace, and settled in between Alvin and Joe. 

At about Mile 8, Mike picked up the pace and caught Bill up, passing him and eventually opening a gap of almost 300 feet, while Alvin stayed about 300 feet further back.  Matters stayed that way all the way to the top of the long climb.  As they neared the top, Bill put in a surge and closed within 100 feet or so, then made up the rest of that gap on the descent, passing Mike for good at about Mile 10.  That gap expanded, very slowly at first, until Bill had a gap of about 600 feet at the bottom of the Beast.  Alvin meanwhile, put in a bit of a surge to catch and pass Mike right at the bottom of the Beast. 

Further back, Joe and Trevor were playing cat and mouse, with Joe a bit quicker on the climbs and Trevor faster on the downhills. Joe was generally able to stay ahead of Trevor, but only had a gap of about 200 feet at the bottom of the Beast.  Amy was holding a good pace and had hopes of being able to catch Trevor on the Beast, but it was not to be today. 

Up the Beast, Bill was able to gap Mike by about 500 feet at the top, while Mike was able to gap Alvin (who had tire slippage issues) by about 350 feet or so.  Going over the top, those gaps rapidly expanded on the steep descent, with Bill arriving at the bottom about 1/2 mile ahead of Mike, who was about 1/2 mile in front of Alvin.  Joe was able to hold off Trevor on that climb, while Trevor was able to keep Amy at bay.  Those gaps also expanded once they got over the top.  During all of this, Scott was rising strong on his own, and held station in 4th. 

On the long run-in to the finish, Bill was able to hold the gap to Mike, who was able to hold off Alvin, and so on back through the pack.  The final times at the line were: Bill 1:02:03; Mike 1:02:53; Alvin 1:04:04; Scott 1:06:35; Joe 1:08:53; Trevor 1:09:17; Amy 1:10:38 and Allison 1:13:06.  The Gunners put about 6 more minutes into the Pushers tonight, making their total gap for the week about 20 minutes.  In the team overall, the Gunners are now a smidge over 3 hours in front. 

In regard to individual honors, the individual leaderboard looks like this as of the end of Week 9: 

Place
Name
Total Time
Gap
1
Ben
11:09:53
0:00:00
2
Tyler
11:25:27
0:15:34
3
Jeff
11:28:51
0:18:58
4
Peter
11:32:21
0:22:28
5
Bryan
11:51:00
0:41:07
6
Bill
11:59:41
0:49:48
7
Jason
12:14:06
1:04:13
8
Jonathan
12:14:31
1:04:38
9
Alvin
12:35:29
1:25:36
10
Mike Webb
12:48:49
1:38:56
11
Kirk
13:31:41
2:21:48
12
Allison
13:32:37
2:22:44
13
Hank
13:38:36
2:28:43
14
Scott
13:43:23
2:33:30
15
Tony
13:51:46
2:41:53
16
Gregg
13:52:13
2:42:20
17
Joe
13:53:55
2:44:02
18
Trevor
13:54:22
2:44:29
19
Eugene
14:11:14
3:01:21
20
Bob
14:12:09
3:02:16
21
Luis
14:14:43
3:04:50
22
Philip
14:17:22
3:07:29
23
Amy
14:27:30
3:17:37
24
Cheryl
14:42:39
3:32:46
25
Deanna
14:46:45
3:36:52
26
Allen
14:47:01
3:37:08
27
Mike Wade
14:52:58
3:43:05
28
Lynda
15:04:48
3:54:55
29
Lindsay
15:07:43
3:57:50
30
Danny
15:28:11
4:18:18
31
Nicole
15:46:28
4:36:35

Since there were no sprint or KOM points on offer this week, those standings are unchanged, with the sprint points first: 

Ben
76
Bill
49.5
Joe
31
Jeff
28.5
Tyler
27
Allen
26
Kirk
24
Philip
24
Alvin
17
Trevor
15
Gregg
12
Eugene
8
Danny
7
Michel
6
GT
5
Lindsay
5
Luis
4
Mike Webb
4
Jaime
3
Michael B.
3
Mike Wade
3
Peter
3
Hank
1

then, the KOM points: 

Tyler
94
Bill
83
Ben
58
Alvin
33
Kirk
32
Jeff
32
Bryan
30
Hank
23
Lindsay
18
Gregg
18
Mike Webb
18
Allen
15
Peter
15
Bob
13
Danny
11
TJ
10
Deanna
5
Eugene
3
GT
2
Deanna
2
Philip
2
Luis
1

Next week is the penultimate week, and will be a climbing stage.  The course profile will be released Saturday afternoon.  Meanwhile, have a great few days, and congratulations to all the riders who did such a wonderful effort this week!

 —

Bill’s Race Report – A Group Wednesday

Tonight was fast, fast, fast.  All the riders put out a magnificent effort, so congratulations to them!  Riding for the Pushers tonight were Tyler, Jason, Jonathan & Tony, while the Gunners  sent Ben, Peter, Jeff & Bryan. 

The riders started as usual, with a small flurry, then things started to sort themselves out.  Jason took the initial lead and held it for a couple of miles, only to be passed by Ben & Tyler on the first significant climb.  Behind him, the other riders were staying in moderately close touch with each other. 

As the stage developed, Ben gradually put about 1/4 mile on Tyler, who moved out about 1/4 mile in front of Jason. Peter came out of the pack to slot into 4th, followed by Jeff, Jonathan, Bryan and Tony. 

At about Mile 12, there was a pass as Tony was able to move past Bryan on the long uphill grind toward the mid-point of the course.  He held that lead all the way to the Beast.  A bit further on in the stage, Peter was able to catch Jason and pass him briefly, but Jason was having none of it, put in a surge and was able to gradually open his lead out to about 200 feet.   

Once on the Beast, Ben was able to hold his lead over Tyler and crested about a minute ahead.  Jason also rode strongly on the Beast, staying within about a minute of Tyler, and holding most of his lead on Peter. Jeff & Jonathan also kept a good pace, while Bryan had been riding in aero and was happy to be able to stand and climb; so much so that he caught and passed Tony, opening a gap of several hundred feet by the top. 

Coming down the last few miles, Ben held a scorching pace, which Tyler was almost able to match. They were able to stay in front of Jason, who was also riding like a man possessed, trying to ensure he held his lead over Peter. Jeff was chasing Peter hard, while Jonathan, Bryan and Tony were keeping pace. 

At the line, the final times were: Ben 55:44; Tyler 57:26; Jason 59:11; Peter 1:00:01; Jeff 1:00:24; Jonathan 1:02:27; Bryan 1:04:28 and Tony 1:04:54.  Overall, the Gunners put about 3 1/2 minutes into the Pushers. 

Tomorrow night is the final episode of the time trial, with the “B” group.

Bill’s Race Report – Monday Group, Tuesday C Group

I’m going to keep the report from these two nights brief, because there were no tactics, as such – just “go as hard as you can and see where you end up”.

Riding on Monday night were Philip and Lynda for the Gunners, and Mike Wade, Bob, Deanna and Allen for the Pushers.  Once the stage started, the riders quickly strung out, except for Philip and Mike, who seemed to be mirroring each others’ effort.  One would get a little lead, then the other would come back and take a lead, only to be re-passed, etc.
This state of affairs persisted for about 12 miles, at which time Philip started to weaken a bit, while Mike stayed strong.   Philip managed to close to within 200 feet at the bottom of the Beast and both riders had a bit of a test going up, but Mike kept it together better and managed to expand his lead to several hundred feet at the top, and pulled away from there.
Behind them, Allen and Deanna went back and forth, with Deanna faster on the climbs and Allen faster on the flats and descents.  However, Deanna caught and passed Allen for good at about Mile 10, holding her lead from that point forth.
At the line, the order was: Mike 1:07:00; Philip 1:07:49; Bob 1:08:11; Deanna1:14:24; Allen 1:15:05 and Lynda 1:21:42.  The average finishing time for the Pushers was 1:11:10, while the Gunner’s average was 1:14:46.  So, the Pushers picked up about 7 minutes on the overall.
Riding on Tuesday night for the “C” Group were Kirk, Lisa, Danny & Luis for the Gunners, and Eugene, Hank & Nicole for the Pushers.  In this race, Eugene started out fast, leading the pack, but was passed by Hank and Kirk on the first significant climb and fell into third place.  Kirk surged hard and came from third place on that same hill, passing both Hank & Eugene for first place. Luis settled in a bit behind them. with Danny a ways behind him and Lisa a bit ahead of Nicole.
As the stage developed, Kirk and Hank staged a battle.  Kirk managed to pull out a lead of several hundred feet, but Hank refused to let him get away.  At the bottom of the Beast and on the way up, the lead shrunk to a bit more than 150 feet, but Kirk got over the top first.  On the way down, Kirk pulled out a big lead at first, but Hank was able to hold some big speed (40 mph) and close back up to within a couple hundred feet.  However, Kirk was able to hold that gap there all the way to the last 1/4 mile, when Hank made another big surge and closed to within 3 seconds.  Behind them, they had gapped Eugene who had pulled away from Luis, while the others were all separated by thousands of feet.
At the line, the final results were Kirk 1:05:13; Hank 1:05:16; Eugene 1:08:14; Luis1:10:25; Danny 1:14:39; Lisa 1:18:16; and Nicole 1:25:36. Overall, the Gunners pulled out about 18 minutes on the Pushers, including the assigned time for the missing rider.
Bill

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