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Taranaki Cycle Challenge - CycleRoad Race

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New Plymouth,
New Zealand
20C / 68F
Total Time = 6h 08m 22s
Overall Rank = 444/533
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 15/17
Pre-race routine:

Bumper bar and banana for breakfast, got ready nice and fast to check out from the motel. Registered nice and early, then sat around, and checked out others bikes...
Event warmup:

about 10-15 minutes easy pedaling around too and from registration.
  • 6h 08m 22s
  • 148 kms
  • 24.11 km/hr

I got talked into starting with a faster group than I thought I should have been with. I was with the group for about 20 minutes until there was a split, which I got caught on the wrong side of. So I made things worse by trying to catch up to the group, after about 15 minutes of not quite being able to close the gap my legs were gone, and I was only 35 minutes into a long day. Because of these mistakes I was unable to hook into a decent group as they overtook me, so spent most of the race by myself, once I came to terms with this, and settled into my own pace things got a lot better. I also didn't drink enough in the first part of the ride, only 2 bottles in the first 100kms, I think this is the reason that I started to cramp up in the last hour or so of the race. Fortunately there were 2 drink stops, and a bottle and a half of electrolytes seemed to help.
What would you do differently?:

1. Start in the right group
2. Not try to catch up to groups after being dropped
3. keep a closer watch on my pace/effort levels at the start.
Post race
Warm down:

A beer and a hamburger. Free with entry, nice!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As discussed above.
Also, I hadn't done enough long rides building up. Should have done at least one more 100km, and had an easier week the week before.

Event comments:

Well organised, there were marshals on every corner. Nice weather, apart from the wind, fun day all round.

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Last updated: 2012-01-30 12:00 AM
06:08:22 | 148 kms | 24.11 km/hr
Age Group: 15/17
Overall: 444/533
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: 30km rolling hills to start with, followed by about 30km flat. Then 30km of climbing, only a slight gradient but no relief at all. Finishing with rolling hills again.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-01-31 6:01 PM

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