Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Time Trials

A couple of time trials the past few weeks. First, the Jesse Blancarte 5.8mi TT on the well known Gardner course, then the State Championship race in Walnut, on a new 20.4 mile course.

JBTT: I was the first rider off, followed by Craig Henwood. Craig and I tend to be very closely matched whenever we go head to head, and this was no exception. At the turnaround he had made ground on me, then going back in I gained a little back, but not enough, Hemi won by 3 seconds and we posted the top two times for the day.

State TT: A new course that headed to the west, then south to the turnaround (the normal course had a bridge washed out). The course was quite hard, the south leg featured a long segment of very rough chip & seal that made holding speed very challenging. The other hard part ended up being the eastbound stretch back to the finish line which had momentum killing rollers and a headwind. I ended up doing the first half a little too fast and really suffered on the way back in.

Thanks Roger Harrison for setting up the turnaround point and taking pics

In the end, it was another close one, Hemi was only 6 seconds behind me, Bob Cummings 24 seconds back, and Walt Bleser at 33 seconds. Bruce Tanner was the fastest on the day by about 50 seconds, but raced masters. As usual, the Tailwind crew put on a great event.

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