Tour de Rock Week 6 – Ind’l Time Trial. Solvang TT

14.8 miles, 49:10 moving time

Unfortunately, I got out of work late and hit a lot of traffic on the way to Tour de Rock. I basically started 18 minutes after the rest of the guys. I pushed hard and had a pretty good ride once I got started. 1:07 official time for the tour, but actual moving time was 49:10.

Course Description:

This week, you’ll all be doing an individual time trial against the clock over a course of 14.83 miles.  The course will be the time trial course used in 2014 & 2015 in the Tour of California – the Solvang time trial course.

As mentioned, it’s 14.83 miles long, with 929 feet of total elevation gain.  Most of the grades are quite soft (1-2%), except for a few very punchy short, steep climbs which briefly touch very high percentages.  Just a little something to soften up the legs, courtesy of Uncle Bill.

I’ve ridden the actual course, and the main challenge is to meter your effort properly so that you can finish strongly.  You’ve got about 5-6 miles after you top out, and you want those miles to fly.

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Bill’s Race Report – Group A

Well…..the Cannibals got cooked tonight.  

Representing the Merchants were: Tyler; Peter; Bob & Trevor.  The Cannibals presented only Scott; Kirk & Joe, with Allen being a last-minute scratch.

Apparently, word about the course had gotten out after last night, so there were no big surges off the front tonight.  Everyone started out at a hard, but reasonable pace.  Tyler gradually pulled a bit of a gap off the front, followed closely by Peter, with the others strung out fairly closely behind.

However, the first climb sorted some of that out, and by the bottom of the descent off that climb, all was strung out in the order Tyler, Peter, Trevor, Kirk, Scott and Bob. Joe was nowhere to be seen, and actually didn’t arrive and get started until about 18 minutes into the stage.

At the bottom of that first descent at about Mile 1.5, Bob passed Scott, and Kirk made it past Trevor about .3 later at Mile 1.8.   Scott didn’t take well to the idea of being passed, cranked up the effort and caught Bob at Mile 2, hanging with him for a while, then moving by him at Mile 2.75.  However, their pace in dicing with each other was enough to bring both of them up to, and past Trevor at Mile 3.

Meanwhile, at the front Tyler was gradually opening a lead on Peter, opening a gap of about 1,000 feet by Mile 4. Most of the riders were doing a very good job of holding their average watts through the first four miles, with only Scott and Trevor showing a bit of unsteadiness.  Having said that by Mile 6 both of these riders had returned to form and were holding good steady averages.

Tyler held a fabulously high average wattage for this stage, holding about 325 all the way through.  Peter managed to hold about 265, but even with his lighter weight, that just was not enough this day. By the time Mile 11 rolled around, the gap had grown to almost .5 mile.

Behind them, Kirk was holding a good average pace, while Bob was making an effort to reel in Scott.  Scott responded well to this, increasing his effort and staying in front.  At one point, Bob had closed the gap down to less than 200 feet, but Scott was able to dig deep, put in a hard pull, and opened the gap to Bob back up, meanwhile closing the gap to Kirk in the process.  These three beat on each other all the way to the finish line, with the gaps wavering around a few hundred feet, but Kirk could not be caught and Scott was not to be denied.  Joe, meanwhile, hung tough after his late start and put in a yeoman effort for his team.

At the finish, the final results were: Tyler 40:29; Peter 42:12; Kirk 46:08; Scott 46:33; Bob 46:52; Trevor 49:02 and Joe 1:07:34.  Allen was assigned a penalty time of 54:02 as a no-show.

In the team results, the Merchants picked up roughly 35 minutes tonight, making up for the 10 minutes lost last night and cutting the over gap down to a manageable 14 minutes.  The sprint and KOM points remained the same, as none were awarded this week.  In the individual overall,  the new leaderboard is:

1
Tyler
5:29:35
0:00:00
2
Peter
5:31:59
0:02:24
3
Kirk
5:51:42
0:22:07
4
Jeff
5:58:24
0:28:49
5
Scott
6:04:41
0:35:06
6
Gregg
6:04:50
0:35:15
7
Bob
6:09:14
0:39:39
8
Steve
6:15:37
0:46:02
9
Deanna
6:21:26
0:51:51
10
Bryan
6:21:26
0:51:51
11
Amy
6:22:14
0:52:39
12
Trevor
6:28:08
0:58:33
13
Joe
6:41:17
1:11:42
14
Rudy
6:44:30
1:14:55
15
Allen
6:50:31
1:20:56
16
Mike Bowdish
6:55:24
1:25:49
17
Sue
6:55:26
1:25:51
18
Tiffany
6:55:26
1:25:51
19
Phil
7:03:35
1:34:00
20
Mike Wade
7:07:18
1:37:43
21
Lynda
7:07:18
1:37:43

Next week – climbing!  KOM points will be on offer, as will time bonuses.  Who will come to the front in the high mountains?

Bill

Bill’s Race Report – Group B

Tonight’s ITT was set up to be a challenge, especially with riders accustomed to drafting all starting together.  Starting for the Merchants tonight were Steve, Amy, Rudy & Phil; while the Cannibals presented Bryan, Gregg, Jeff & Deanna.  Only two riders brought TT bikes, and none chose to use the aero option.

Even though drafting was turned off, all the riders started in a big rush, most of them substantially over their FTP.  Bryan broke to the front immediately, followed by Jeff & Phil.  However, as the fist 1/2 mile was an uphill grade, things started to string out after about a minute.  Steve trailed by a bit, followed by Rudy, with Amy and Deanna bringing up the back.  However, about a mile in, the riders hit the first leg-softener, a short, but very steep climb which really opened some gaps, and where Gregg was able to surge up into 3rd.  On the descent off that climb, however, Steve’s superior weight paid some dividends, and he was able to reel Gregg back in, passing him and Jeff both.  The big climb also lent some assistance to Amy and Deanna, with Amy passing Phil at about Mile 2.5  At about that same point, Jeff was able to make his way back past Steve.

By the time they hit Mile 4, only Amy, Gregg, Bryan and Deanna were maintaining power at or near their average, while the rest of the riders were starting to fade or yo-yo.  Bryan was in the process of destroying the course, pounding hard (since he wasn’t able to use his small ring).  So, he did all those steep climbs in the big ring.

At about Mile 4.2, Phil started to show some serious signs of trouble, with his wattage bouncing up and down.  However, Steve seemed to just get stronger and stronger as the stage went on.  At Mile 5, Jeff was showing signs of fading, and he was passed by Steve and Gregg together at about Mile 5.75.  Rudy was also starting to fade, and so Amy was able to make her way by him at about Mile 5.5.  Shortly after she passed, Rudy started to really struggle for a bit, and wasn’t able to regain any steady form for a while.  While Rudy was struggling, Phil found a second wind, and was looking better for a few miles.  However, he once again experienced a crisis of power on the way up to the top of the course, and eventually cracked there.

Since Steve was looking stronger and stronger, he was able to pull away from Gregg, starting at about Mile 7, and they both were slowly putting a bit of time into Jeff.

By this time, the order of things had pretty well sorted itself out, and it was just a matter of how much speed each rider could maintain over the tough middle section of the course.  Once the top was reached, it then became a matter of seeing who had anything left with which to sting the downhills leading to the end of the course.

At the end, it was all Bryan in a time of 42:13.  Next came Steve at 45:32, followed by Gregg at 46:30 and Jeff at 47:05.  Then, Amy came across in 48:37, followed by Rudy at 49:22; Deanna at 52:41 and Phil at 54:58.  The total time for the Merchants was 3:18:29 (no time bonuses tonight), while the Cannibals posted 3:08:29, gaining exactly 10 minutes on the Merchants.

Bryan was curious to see how his time would stack up against the riders tomorrow night.  I guess we’ll see!

Bill

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