Friday, July 31, 2015

Tour of the Catskills Stage Race -- the last of it's kind -- Stage One ITT

ToC stage 1: Individual Time Trial (ITT).

This year sadly marked the end of the 12 years of Tour of the Catskills stage race. Still not exactly sure why road race participation number are dramatically winding down.

Undoubtedly this is a tough one starting with a opening ITT and two longer road races with decent climbing plus the famous Devil's Kitchen Climb the very end. Since last year one of two road races got replaced with a two lap circuit road race instead of a longer single loop road stage.

Py really liked this, no Crits or a like involved.

And also now this year -- due to limited sign ups a joined CAT 3/4 race -- that's going to be interesting fun to a point field destruction...

So it's Friday -- driving up to Windham, NY. Plenty of time as Py's TT was in the afternoon.

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The start featured a good 6% grade to power up and then continuing gradually uphill to the turn around point. Py was wondering if his regular road bike may have been a notch more efficient?!?!

But guess that would need a test, not easy to be determined.

However today's scenario included a uphill tail wind. Everything went smooth and efficient. Not sure if much more would have been possible. Even not having a good recent 20min power reference, Py shoot for 300 Watts, knowing 280W been possible in the past -- but it was very variable with wheel shaking winds, up and downs. Still, little short of that goal with 265 W, but better set high... also fact, Py did not managed to do any test TT this year and this was right out of the gun the first one on his PX Stealth bike.

Official TT time (CAT4):  18th place with 00:24:42.90  (vs. 1st: 23:06:40)

Attempt to cool down in a river, but way too warm... so go to the Inn. His favorite place Fairlawn Inn, Hunter.


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