This isn't just a club TT. This is war in skinsuits!
- Course recon two weeks ago on the road bike. Mapping distance, elevation, corners, power. Getting familiar with the course landmarks, lines around corners, and road surface...... And guess who I spotted doing the same? The enemy. Lovelock.
- I created a course segment on Strava (linky) and uploaded my time. This was subsequently smashed by a few others, including Stephen Lane on his TT bike knocking 4 minutes off. (The Strava segment is a little shorter than the official course to stop the stationary start/auto pause problem.)
- More study of the course profile to work out the best pacing to use.
- Back out to the course a week later on the TT bike for recon #2. Time was around 6 minutes faster (also 50W more power). Course study worked.
|The roller coaster.|
After arriving early enough for a good warm-up, I was again chasing Lovelock 30 seconds up the road. Everything went pretty well. It was too hard to calculate the time gap at the turnaround. At 19kms in I could see the little whippet and calculate a rough time check, I was 10 seconds up. Same gap at 21.5kms and with only the final 2km downhill to the line coming, I knew it'd be another close one. It was.
Pos Name Time
1 Shane Miller 34.34
2 Jono Lovelock 34.46 +0:12
3 Gerard Donnelly 36.46 +2:12
4 Thomas Donald 38.20 +3:46
5 Stephen Lane 38.39 +4:05
6 Daniel Hopper 38.45 +4:11
7 Richard Harvey 38.47 +4:13
8 Jose Areta 39.03 +4:29
9 Stephen Bick 39.16 +4:42
10 Wayne Gebert 40.24 +5:50
11 James Love 42.40 +8:06
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The battle has been won. The war is never over.
Round #3 this Sunday at Humevale. 2kms flat, 7km up. The preparation for that? I stopped eating two weeks ago. :)
Pics thanks to Mrs Rod Upton:
|SLane looking good while getting Shiv'ed by a bad pacing strategy.|
|Me... looking very un-aero at the top of the last climb.|
|Rod Upton and his non-aero category mates slogging up the final climb.|
|Giant Celtic Racing Team TT helmet vs Hilux modification. Non UCI legal!|