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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:11 am

Date: 17 Nov 13
Venue: Ride For Life Crit - Heffron Park
Conditions: Rain, and lots of it!
Grade: Vintage Bicycle Race - aged handicapped, thus last group off - 5 Laps
Result: 2nd / 15
Report:

Jumped off the bike, got the vintage bike out and didn't have much time to get ready. The last race was a handy warmup though! We all lined up and had interviews, talked about our bikes then we were racing. Crafty worked out the handicap system: age of the rider + age of your bike = handicap! Thus, i was right at the back. I did have company though, with another young whipper snapper and the DH rider from the race before.

We were off, giving almost a lap up to the front rider. I took the lead of our group and rode on the front for 3 laps until we caught the grouped race. That left 2 laps to go. The DH rider and I went straight to the front of the race to control the pace. I said we should keep the race together until half a lap to go and pull off. And we did. The the pack were all excited for the sprint and were jostling for the right position. As we turned the corner for the 800m straight, someone goes. Thus, everyone goes! I really didn't want to contest the finish (due to guilt) but as soon as i saw my DH friend go, I went. I didn't get his wheel, so i ended up pushing a lot of wind. I ended up 2nd, missing out by a few lengths.

This race was lots of fun and it was great to see so many DH riders out (i think we had 14 out of the 15 for the race)

dist - 12.5kms
time - 22min 16sec
speed - 33.2km/hr avg (47.7 max)
cadence - 82 (i was on 53/42 - 13-21 7 speed)
heart rate - 174 HR avg (194 max)
Power - 234W avg (accidentally left my power meter on)
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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:11 am

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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:43 am

Date: 29 Nov 13
Venue: Tour of Bright - Stage 1 - 13.5km ITT
Conditions: Sunny, hot
Grade: Masters B
Result: 52nd / 92
Report:

Did some secret training for the ToB which was enough to get me back into shape after the overseas holiday! I was thinking hopefully I won't come last or near that, so the aim was top 70. We got to Bright with an hour and a half before my start time. Just enough time i thought... Got back to the accommodation, got the bike sorted and realised i had 25mins left. My warmup consisted of doing a time trial from my accommodation to the start line! This got the heart rate and legs moving well. It was probably my best warmup for a TT i reckon.

I didn't check out the course that well, so i thought I'd wing it. I rolled out of the start ramp without anyone in front of me. Why does this keep happening? No dramas though, i had the trusty powermeter to gauge my pacing. The first turn was at about 3.8kms to I ensured I didn't cook myself before then. That i did achieve. What i didn't do well was turn. I raced into the first turn way too quick, thought it was a 90deg but in fact it was a 180deg turn. I locked up the back wheel, slid through the barriers and regained control to turn around and get going in the right direction again :oops: By this time the guy behind me (turns out he was 3 behind me) was catching up very fast. By 6km he had passed me and had a good 10 seconds on me. I kept to my plan and by 10km i passed him and started putting distance on him. That felt pretty good, perhaps I wasn't going to come last! I crossed the line very fast. Just under 21mins. My target was 22mins so i was very happy with that!

The beauty with Victorian races is that the results are posted live, so you can see how much you suck straight away :lol: - 52nd / 92. Not a bad start considering some of the fastest times were posted in the masters grades.

dist - 13.7kms
time - 20min 58sec (official time 20:57)
speed - 39.1km/hr avg (57.0 max)
cadence - 94
heart rate - 182 HR avg (189 max)
Power - not as good as the winners :wink:
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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:43 am

photo of my TT position. It's getting better but there is still some progress to be made

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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:23 am

Date: 30 Nov 13
Venue: Tour of Bright - Stage 2 - 91kms with Hilltop finish
Conditions: Sunny, very hot
Grade: Masters B
Result: 55th / 92
Report:

Stage 2 consisted of rolling terrain to the half way point; a cat 3, 4.5km climb at the halfway point at Rosewhite Gap; more rolling terrain and a cat 2, 7.5km hilltop finish up Tawonga Gap. My plan was to hold on until the base of Tawonga Gap and see how i go from there...

The race was non-eventful in the first 40 odd kms. A few mechanicals that caused the peloton minor discomforts but generally it was pretty tame. We did average about 40km/hr to the base of the Rosewhite Gap climb. A few went off the front at the base (they were very very very strong riders), and generally the pace was pretty hot heading up. I passed quite a few riders as many were being shed through this climb. I held on to the peloton until the final 100m. I was last to be dropped. I look around for help, fortunately there was one other with me. We descended fast and pushed the pace but were not gaining on the lead pack. Fortunately a group of 13 caught us so we worked well and were soon back in the lead bunch.

The rollers between "The Gaps" was again non eventful, the pace was up around the 40km/hr mark. As we got to the base, the attacks started. Most of the peloton settled into their own rhythm and pace as the strongest of the strong fought it out up front. The heat of the day was catching up and i ran out of water soon after starting the climb (i had gone through over 2L of water). The heart rate went up and my pace went down. I was passed by riders that i shouldn't have. Fortunately with 2km to go there was a natural spring. I parked the bike, jumped under it and cooled down. I jumped back on and passed a few riders but i had lost a chunk of time. With 200m to the finish a lead car shouting out "keep left, riders approaching!". I look around and can't see anyone but i keep left anyway. I cross the line with another guy with arms in the air "woohooing". Ahh, it was A grade Mens, and they didn't even looking tired, or breathing hard :(

I crossed the line in 55th with heat exhaustion, had a chuck, rehydrated and "caught a lift" with the Huon Salmon Genesis team back to Bright once i could get back on the bike again... That was a really tough stage!

dist - 93.6kms
time - 2hrs 47min 34sec (official time 2:47:53)
speed - 33.5km/hr avg (69.8 max)
cadence - 87
heart rate - 167 HR avg (188 max)
IF: 0.8
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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:27 am

i think these photos tell the story better...

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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:49 am

Date: 1 Dec 13
Venue: Tour of Bright - Stage 3 - 56kms with Mountaintop finish
Conditions: Sunny, hot
Grade: Masters B
Result: 54th / 92
Report:

Stage 3 consisted of 28kms of slightly uphill and to finish it off, up Mt Hotham: 28kms of Hors Catagorie pain. My plan was to stay with the pack up to the KOM point 5.5km into the Mt Hotham Climb and see how i go.

It was a pretty non eventful first 28kms (it could have been if the 4WD overtaking us plowed into wither the peloton or the motorbikes when overtaking us, but that's another story). We sat on 37km/hr for the first 40 mins until the base of Mt Hotham. The field then exploded as the front runners upped the pace to the KOM point. I stayed with them for the first couple of kms, but decided to back off slightly and let them go. I kept them within eyesight (about 30 sec off) and at the KOM point i waved goodbye to them as I settled into my own rhythm for the next 20 odd kms. I passed a few popped riders, saw a few from the other grades as well. My pacing was working well as i only got passed by 5 riders and i passed more than 5. The last 5 kms are very steep but have downhill sections to them. I had plenty of life in the legs to go hard through this section. I estimate i gained 4 minutes on the riders i had around me but the leaders were done and dusted by this point! I got up in just over 90 mins for the climb and was happy with that. My time had me placed in 54th position, thus finishing the GC in 52nd!

Very happy to have finished, especially so high up. The racing is brutal though, i was not expecting it to be that difficult. Some of the masters times were better than Men's Elite, certainly the top end in all masters grades could have done very well in Mens Elite B &C! Next year, if i decide to do this again, i'll have better knowledge of the terrain and perhaps come with better gearing than 53/39 - 12-27!

dist - 55.3kms
time - 2hrs 21min 07sec (official time 2:21:11)
speed - 23.5km/hr avg (68.5 max)
cadence - 82
heart rate - 165 HR avg (183 max)
IF: 0.82
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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby Strawburger » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:56 am

and the photos...
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Re: Strawbuger's Racing Log

Postby foo on patrol » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:05 pm

Good job Strawburger! 8)

The worst part of racing in the heat is the constant threat of heat exhaustion and dehydration. :(

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