Posted by: Travis | January 15, 2011

Race Report: Early Bird Training Crits, Week 1

Race: Early Bird Training Crits, Week 1
Location: Fremont, CA
Date: January 9, 2011
Result: ~35th or so (race not scored)
Course: 1.4 mile rectangular course with 3 90 degree turns and a sweeper
Weather: Cold (for NorCal, around 50 degrees), windy
Teammates: Matt (3rd), Amin (top 15)

There’s not really much to talk about here, so i won’t waste your time. I arrived early and did a warm up loop around a nearby park with Matt. I wasn’t really planning on warming up, but i was freezing my ass off just standing around 30 minutes before the race. I rode 85 miles the day before with some teammates, so i knew i wasn’t going to be on fire. On lap 2 i made a strong move up the outside to get from the back of the race to a top 10 position, and realized immediately that i had legs like stones. I opted to not push it, hang out in the bunch, surf wheels, put in a few little efforts to keep things interesting, but nothing that would blow the top off enough to run the risk of getting dropped. I wish i could say i had some role in a teammate getting 3rd, but i’d be lying. I didn’t really have any idea what was going on in the race. I assume it was the usual Early Bird stuff: a couple of guys attack the bunch, get a few seconds and hold it for a half lap, until they get brought back and someone else goes. It had your typical first race of the year jitters and squirreliness, but our field stayed (barely) crash free. I rolled in, unspectacularly in the main bunch, a second or two behind the guys sprinting for the win.

I’ll be back next week, hopefully with some fresher legs.

Race Stats:
Time: 44:33
Distance: 17.8 Miles
Work: 500 kJ
Avg Power: 187 Watts
Normalized Power: 212 Watts
Max Power: 832 Watts
Avg Speed: 24.0 mph
Max Speed: 29.5 mph

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