05 September 2005

Giro di San Francisco

35+ 4/5

P: 189 Watts average
S: 24.9 miles per hour average
T: 43:51
C: 84 rpm average
NP: 238 Watts
TSS: 71
IF: .99
Used the 22 pound road bike with the Hed 60 in front and the velocity deep rim in the back, did better than last year with the 18 pound road bike.

Giro de San Francisco
35+ 4/5
teammates: Rob Jensen, Chris Tanner, Gene Ragan
friendly rivals: Juan Ortiz, Eric Peterson, Ray Alvarez, Derrick from PV.

Chris asked if I was going on the attack on the first lap so I told him I would hold back a little and follow the Berkeley guy who always attacks on the first lap.
This is what happened but the Berkeley guy went a bit harder than I wanted to go so I just followed the fellow in the yellowish jersey until we caught the Berkeley guy. Stayed near the front for a few laps then drifted back. I could hear Ray letting me know he was behind me so I wouldn't cut him off in the corners so I slowed a bit to let him in front of me as I was not feeling great. After a bit I could see Juan and Ray way up near the front, this motivated me to endure a bit more suffering as I did not want to get dropped as I did last year in my first time on the new course. Tried to conserve as much as possible, shifting down on the small hill, but using the 53 only. Many people lost a lot of momentum here and on the last two downhill corners where it was possible to ride without braking when no one was in front of you or if you just rode right next to the riders in front of you coming out of the corners. When we got to eight laps to go I was feeling a bit of relief as I knew I could finish, now just had to move up for a better result as I looked behind me and realized I was the tail gunner. Made it up to Juan when inexplicably a chain reaction crash happened on the downhill straightaway, near where the trash bin made the road narrow from 30 yards to *only* 25 yards and falling cyclists (unfortunately including Derrick and Eric, later reports indicate four broken collarbones in there) soon filled the entire width of the road... Then behind me I heard another crash, probably someone not looking up and crashing right into someone who was braking. As soon as we cleared the carnage Juan put the hammer down in an effort to close the gap between us caught behind the crash and those ahead of the crash so I gritted my teeth and got on his wheel. After two really hard laps (Juan doing most of the work) we made it back in time to rest for a lap and sprint on the next lap. On the first turn onto the uphill Juan got onto the wheel of a couple of guys who I noted were slowing significantly near the top of the climb on previous laps so I jumped to the outside of these guys and put in a hard effort to distance myself for the downhill straight and the last two fast downhill corners. Had to brake slightly in the next to last corner for some nervous nellies and just did what I could out of the last corner to beat Juan in the race within the race. I thought I had more left and was only able to get about 14 w/kg in the sprint, the NP indicates this was about as hard as I could go for the duration of the race.

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