Individual and Team TT
Good info Grant.
I'd also say that on the hairpins, stay as wide as you can to lessen the increase in gradient. Of course, the road is still open to traffic (albeit controlled to some degree), so take care.
Due to time-keeping duties tomorrow, myself and one other clubbie did our TT climb today.
Not going to spoil the surprise (and give Don a carrot to chase), but I hope you guys don't have the sou-westerly head wind that we had this morning, which I'm pretty sure had a substantial effect on my time.
Also felt like I was having a heart attack at the top (only joking). Took me the better part of 5 minutes to get my breath back.
Good luck to those competing tomorrow.
I'll post this now, knowing that the contenders will be in the land of sleepy-bye-byes and won't read it until they've had a Razorback Attack.
Wind was almost non-existent when I rolled up at Old Razorback at 0800 this morning. Predictions were for a stiff sou-wester, so I knew it'd be tough when we got going.
Did a 20km warm up and met Michael at the start at 0845. Michael was first off, so I started the stop watch then drove to the top of Old Razorback to await his arrival.
14:20 was his time. Not bad, but he wasn't happy as it was 10 seconds slower than last year's time. Age does that to a man, I told him (before jumping in the car and driving back down the hill).
Jumped on my steed and did a quick km to re-aquaint myself with the conditions. The wind had picked-up somewhat, so it'd be a slog for the first km or so before I got some protection from the mountain.
3-2-1 and I'm off.
Tried to keep a good speed and controlled HR at the start. My goal was to maintain 27km/h up the first incline to the first bend, then see how I go from there. The wind made this almost impossible. 1km into the race and my HR was climbing higher than I'd like, speed was down, and legs were burning. I know Alex will say HR is not what I should be pacing myself on, but I have nothing else, and with a stiff headwind, it was that or nothing.
Hit the first bend and discovered I'd forgotten to start my Edge 705.
Damn. Started it then, but missed the first 2 minutes.
HR was pegged at 172-174 for the next few minutes. There is a false flat about 7 minutes in, so I aimed to get there ASAP and then rest to bring it back down to the mid 160 range.
Well, I managed to get it to the high 160's on the flat.
The climb then really kicks after that point, with 10-12% being the norm, higher if you hug the inside line of the hairpins corners.
The last 500 meters are killers IMHO. At the 100 meter mark, I was telling myself to just keep going. No breath. No energy. Nothing left to give. In hindsight I feel I could have given a bit more, but at the time, it felt like there was nothing left.
Crossed the line in 14:32, which was almost a minute faster than by best training time of 15:24. Considering I've only climbed that hill on 4 occasions (maybe 5), I'm pretty happy with that. Of course, the A-Graders will do it 11 minutes or less, but I'm still happy.
Took me ages before I could ask Michael what my time was. So outa breath. So tired.
Looking forward to next year already.
luckily i am not a contender and have been out all night ata trivia thing drinking a few too many boruban and cokes, i think i stopped counting at about 7
Perfect Hill climbing training
So Kevs time of 14.32 is the time to beat
I just hope i wake up in time to get there
Seeyou all there
Ben Dyball only 2 seconds outside the record, he is a machine.
Nice time by Todd "Alberto" Clarke also (aka Badblood).
You lucked out with the conditions Kev today was perfect
Also sorry for the stuff up at the start Kev
Nice going guys! Congrats!
was a fun ride up the hill today, Was longer and steeper than i thought it would be, and dont know where you guys think the "rest" spot is as there i no flat at all up that hill. I think my official time was 13.02, Garmin was 12.56 so must have not started it right away, or Kev stuffed up, highly possible
Check out My HR
I recomend not drink 7-10 Bourban and Cokes (number unconfirmed ) and not geting to bed the night before till midnight.
Fun though and will give it a crack again next yr.
Next yr might actually ride up the thing before race day
Good times by Todd, Zozz and Chucky, well done to all
I ended up coming out and giving it a lash. Was going to give it a miss but my girlfriend was playing water polo out west in the early afternoon, so we made a day of it with a ride on the m7 bikeway to fill in the time between. I was impressed with the bike way.. very nice.
13:53 I managed it in. I was aiming for sub 13 so I'm a bit disappointed. Wasn't on a great day, and it's my first ever TT, so I'm not too worried. I had formulated that time roughly by comparing the hill to Waterfall, and my best time on that. My average heart rate was 179 and my max 188. This is a bit strange for me, as on a hard climb I usually average in the 180s and peak as high as 200.
Having never done a TT before, I tried to follow the oft trotted out wisdom of not going out too hard, and I think I did this fairly successfully. I caught the guy in front of me at about halfway, but to his credit he hung pretty tough, and ended up finishing a few metres in front of me.
Not knowing the climb hurt me a little bit, as when I approached the final hairpin (where the camera man was), my Garmin was at about 3.75km (of the supposed 3.8km) travelled. Turning that corner to see another several hundred very steep metres was a downright kick to the nuts!! As I had scant few matches left to burn.
All in all, great fun. Thanks to the Macarthur club for putting it on. I'll come out next year and try to go a little quicker.
And damn it was cold!
Canyon Ultimate AL
unassuming Ben Dyball is an utmost monster!!!
First hill TT in my first year of racing there is no complaints, saying that, there may be a complaint if Michael MCCC handicapper puts me into C div
Big thanks to the guy's such as Kev, Michael and others who did their race on Saturday in a big S/Wester (Headwind) to marshall todays race.
unfair to have the wind Kev, but we appreciate it mate.
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