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My 1st ever 40km TT is over(8 posts)

My 1st ever 40km TT is overclimbo
Jun 11, 2001 7:14 AM
it was my first TT of ANY distance and it was great. This was the NJ State TT in Chatsworth. Great course, very smooth roads over some slightly rolling hills. BIG headwind on the way back which really killed everybody but it was also the long gradual climbs in the second 20 which really hurt. I did break my goal of 1:05:00 and hit a 1:01:14 which I was very happy about for my first TT, that put me in 6th place in the 30+ group. Next goal is 00:59:59. How did the other TT'ers go?

PS. Also did the Manayunk Wall hill climb race Friday night for the first time, that was amazing!! What a tough climb, to do that 10 times over 150 miles is just sick.
Racing in CO is depressingBipedZed
Jun 11, 2001 3:22 PM
Just did the Colorado State TT Championship which was a 40K course with 2 separate out and back sections. Each section had a slight rise one way with a slight downhill the other. Breezy conditions with a storm blowing in from the west. Stuck to the plan and went out hard but conserving to go all out on the last 10K uphill section back to the finish line. I ended up passing my minute man and rode a very respectable 58:38. Turned out it was only good enough to finish 22nd in the 4s. It SUCKS being a small fish in such a large pond.

Craig Wu
Racing in CO is depressingMaillot Rouge
Jun 11, 2001 4:16 PM
I can't believe the cat 4 that won scored a 52, the closest guy was 2 minutes behind, that's silly, the guy is a freak'n ox. I noticed that there are a lot of people under an hour, do you think the thinner air makes it that much easier to go faster. Climbo was pretty happy with his time and he wouldn't have made it into the top 30 in the CO race. I understand that courses and conditions make a big difference but the CO course was pretty hilly and it was windy. And you're right, the racing in CO is very competitive.

How did you do at City Park? That was super fast.

Racing in CO is depressingLazy
Jun 11, 2001 4:36 PM
I didn't do the state TT, didn't get registered in time (D'oh!) However, a teammate told me that as the day went on the wind kicked up. He had a relatively late start time and was a little bummed.

BTW-- here are a few pics from City Park.
Racing in CO is depressingBipedZed
Jun 11, 2001 5:13 PM
I talked to Sean Madsen after the race and he's already petitioned to upgrade and probably will by next weekend. He's a machine. The reason City Park was so fast was because Sean and his Jamba Juice teammate decided to go as fast as possible to thin the field. I wasn't there because I fractured my left shoulder blade at the Jamba Juice Meridian Circuit race a week earlier in a crash during the final sprint. The two guys in front of me tangled pedals and went down and I hit them at over 30mph and rolled with my bike and landed on the back of my shoulder. Luckily nothing else was damaged and I was back on my bike 5 days later and should be healed enough to race a mass start event (as opposed to a ITT) this weekend at Andy Finch.
Racing in CO is depressingMaillot Rouge
Jun 12, 2001 1:21 PM
Sean is a machine and a pretty nice guy. This is his first year racing and riding seriously!!! If he's moved up I'm definitely racing this weekend.

Racing in CO is depressingclimbo
Jun 12, 2001 6:06 AM
good result none the less, those top times are very fast for Cat 4's. Set a goal to beat your PB every TT and don't worry about sandbaggers, that's what I aim to do. To put it in perspective, in our TT, many Cat 3's were pushing the 55-56 minute mark and finding that hard to get with the strong headwinds, some I know only posted 58-59 minute times. Our top times were 52-53 minutes and were obviously mostly Cat 1-2's and TT specialists.
California is kinda scary too.J.S.
Jun 14, 2001 1:56 PM
Did 35+ Masters State RR in Porterville(base of Sierras)last weekend. We averaged 26 mph for 65 mi. In a field of 125 only about 60 finished, I bet I was one of the only 5's left in the group.