Wörrstadt Time Trial 2017

The Wörrstadt Time Trial has been on my radar for a while now. I rode it in 2015 and was pretty happy with my time and effort. I was hoping to be able to better that time. Maybe by over a minute, even if that only comes from a better fit and set-up.

Silly o’ clock

I got up early and rode to Wörrstadt at 7am, so that I would be there before the first riders set off at 8am, and in good time for my 8:26 start time.  In 2015 I started very early on, overtook lots of people and wasn’t overtaken.  This year I was in the middle of a tough group. The 2 people before me were very good riders, and there were plenty of good riders just behind me too.

I used my new HED Disc for the first time in ernst for the time trial, but I bottled out of using the latex tubes, I was too scared of having a blow out and crashing.  My legs were tired and still a bit sore/injured from the Mainz half marathon last weekend, but I still felt like I would be able to put out my power when push came to shove. Continue reading “Wörrstadt Time Trial 2017”

Liege Bastogne Liege 2017 – 272km Sportive

Liege Bastogne Liege Long Route

I have been a bit worried about Liege Bastogne Liege. 272km is a very long way to ride in a day.  The weather forecast started off decent, but got gradually worse and worse until rain, wind and cold was forecast for the first 6h, perfect!

We signed in on Friday, it was a low key affair, much smaller than the Maratona last year.  Then we hung around a bit until Dimi arrived and we were ready for the ride.

nice weather the day before the ride
Blue skies, the day before the ride!
The ‘Start’

At 5am the alarm clocks went off, the apartment was cold enough, I was pretty worried. I wore everything I had and we set off at 6am to the start.  Now I say the start, I mean the start area. Although it says that we can start between 6:30 and 7:30, there was no official start, or even start line!  We cycled the first 800m, then asked around, then went back to the start where we learned that there is no start, so we set off. Continue reading “Liege Bastogne Liege 2017 – 272km Sportive”

Machachek Radbiometrie for Triathlon

I have heard a lot of times that getting a Radbiometrie is well worth while. The watts/€ metric always seems to point to a good bike fit being worth much more than deep rim wheels, and aerohelmet or a better bike.

I have always held back from getting a fitting done. I mean it costs 159€ so that someone moves your saddle a bit up/down and a makes a few other changes! This season though, I have had the feeling that I haven’t been able to put out my wattage very well on my TT bike, compared to my road bike. Continue reading “Machachek Radbiometrie for Triathlon”

Maratona dles Dolomites

I have wanted to ride the Maratona for a few years now. In 2014 and 2015 I didn’t get picked in the draw.  Last year I got together a few people and made a team application, which apparently increases the chance of getting a place.  Sure enough I got in! I could look forward to what is said to be one of the best organized and prettiest sportives in the world.

I have ridden 2 major European sportives before. In 2012 it was a nightmare in the Marco Pantani Gran Fondo. I went too hard on the Gavia, nearly died on the Mortirolo and cut short my planned long route to the medium route.  In 2013 I had decided to was time to get serious. I rode La Marmotte.  With 5200m of climbing over 176km, it is a bit of a beast, especially when the weather is hot, which it was at about 38 degrees!  I was very happy with my training and performance though. I snuck in a Gold Medal time and surpassing all of my goals I had made earlier in the year.

The Maratona has 4200m of climbing over 138km. It’s pretty hard, but not as bad as the Marmotte.  I certainly didn’t have the fear this year, in fact I went to Italy with only 1300km of cycling behind me in 2016, including 2 100km+ rides and one 200km+ ride.  I did my first real climbing of the year 1 week before the Maratona, climbing 2000m over 110km in Taunus. Continue reading “Maratona dles Dolomites”

Race Report – Rheinhessen-Zeitfahren (43.4km time trial) – with results

I have never done a bike race of any kind before. I have ridden sportives, but they aren't races!  I wanted to try some sort of cycling race, so when I got an email about doing a TT, I signed up straight away!  The course is not flat, but not exactly a mountain course either.  There are about 330m of climbing over 43.4km, the route goes downhill almost constantly for the first 15km, then turns back to climb half the way back.  There is then a bumpy split off route that re-joins the main road at about 35km and climbs constantly until the end.

My start time was 8:25, riders were starting every minute from 8am onwards.  My main fear was that I would be serially passed, but not catch anyone, but I would be riding to power, so would be looking to hold around my FTP (or what my 4iiii says my FTP is) of 325w for just over an hour.  I had planned to ride just in my trisuit, but it was still really cold at 8:25am so I wore my long sleeve jersey too, I feel guilty about that now, I should have HTFU!

I got to the start line and was calm. I started, missed my clip in pedal as always but was soon off and running.  After a few minutes I questioned whether I had started my GPS or not, I had not, so I started it then.  On the fast downhill to Nierstein, I felt good, I was pushing my watts and trying to keep low and aero.  Soon enough I could see riders ahead of me, phew!  Before reaching the turning point I had passed 4 riders, that means two things: 1) I wasn't last! 2) some riders weren't very good! I wasn't too sure of which roundabout was the turning point, but after a little slow down and look around, I saw riders in the other direction, so knew I had to go to the next roundabout.

Although the uphill out of Nierstein is quite steep at times, riding to power meant that it didn't make too much difference.  I continued on, looking out to see who was behind me.  I knew that Max Michelberger started 9 minutes after me, but he is a very good TTer. I didn't want him to catch me, but when I saw him he was still a good bit back.  There were a few turns in Hahnheim that weren't too much fun as there is traffic and parked cars, but I obviously didn't want to slow down too much either.  Soon enough I was in Sörgenloch and on my way back to the main road for the final uphill push.  It was only near the end when it started to feel hard, my HR wasn't crazy high but I was starting to feel the burn a bit.  I finally passed the start point and had a few hundred metres downhill to the finish line.  I didn't know exactly where I was going, but found it no problems.  I stopped my Garmin at 1:04:20 but had missed the first 3km, so I don't know my finish time, (or place!) as I write this on Monday afternoon. I guess about 1:08:30 giving me a 38km/h average speed.  I wonder what my flat 40km TT would be? Could I go sub1h on a real flat course?

EDIT: my time was 1:08:06 and I was in 14th out of 53.

I heard that the other TCEC riders were pretty much all faster than me.  1:05:xx seemed to be the time they all managed, probably 3-4min faster than me.  I did hear that they all manage or would manage sub5 IM bike splits though, so it isn't too bad news for me!  Looking on Athlinks, Marcus Jores did a 4:54 split in IM Melbourne a couple of months ago, but was only 2.5 mins faster than me here, so maybe I could go about 5h in Köln if my training goes well.  I also didn't get passed, I think they sent the fastest people off near the end, so I was pretty safe, but it was still a little goal achieved.

My average power was 315w and NP 319w.  That is a great VI for me, and would be for anyone I think!  Also a 319w NP is a IF of 98%, which for a 1h08 or so effort shows I was giving it pretty much all I could.

I was having some serious comfort issues on the bike, so I will rest for a few days in the hope it heals a bit.  Plugging my data into best bike split shows that my power meter is correct if my CdA is about 0.32.  Using that as a basis, it predicts that I can ride 2:29 next week in Wasserstadt, without ruining my run.  That would be great!

I hate it when I can't find results online, so for people in the future who want to find them, here they are!

Ergebnisse

Name Verein Geschl. Geb. Dat. AK Fahrzeit Platzierung km km/h
Damen Ü50 und U50
Susanne Schaudig SV Tri City Darmstadt W 1963 Ü50 01:28:43 1 44 29.76
Birgit Schmidt WRAG-Tria-Team W 1956 Ü50 01:30:08 2 44 29.29
Karin Kerschensteiner TCEC W 1984 U50 01:14:10 1 44 35.60
Nadine Bleser Hardtseemafia Triat W 1978 U50 01:18:00 2 44 33.85
Nicole Best Software  AG DSW W 1968 U50 01:18:07 3 44 33.80
Iris Hensel ohne Verein W 1977 U50 01:24:57 4 44 31.08
Ursula Kranz Bennhausen W 1966 U50 01:28:08 5 44 29.95
Angela Sokolowski Bikeadelic Racing W 1884 U50 01:31:46 6 44 28.77
Männer Ü60
Karlheinz Scheidel Schwimmer Gimbsh M 1947 Ü60 01:14:54 1 44 35.25
Bernhard Poth WRAG-Tria-Team M 1953 Ü60 01:22:10 2 44 32.13
Josef Weber LC Bingen Triathlon M maris Ü60 01:22:53 3 44 31.85
Männer Ü50
Matthias Schmolke schmolke-titan.de M 1963 Ü50 01:05:00 1 44 40.62
Marcus Jores TCEC M 1963 Ü50 01:05:54 2 44 40.06
Christian Wolf TCEC M 1963 Ü50 01:06:31 3 44 39.69
Marcus Walther fu-wa-team M 1965 Ü50 01:07:02 4 44 39.38
Rüdiger Kranz Bennhausen M 1965 Ü50 01:09:21 5 44 38.07
Hans-Willi Freiberger LLG Wonnegau M 1965 Ü50 01:10:40 6 44 37.36
Manfred Fox Fox Radsport M 1963 Ü50 01:14:08 7 44 35.61
Jochen Basting Software AG DSW M 1961 Ü50 01:14:18 8 44 35.53
Peter Friedrich RV03 Bürstadt M 1962 Ü50 01:14:18 8 44 35.53
Claus Hensel ohne Verein M 1963 Ü50 01:14:22 10 44 35.50
Johannes Baab Dannenfels M 1965 Ü50 01:16:00 11 44 34.74
Hainer Geyer ohne Verein M 1955 Ü50 01:23:55 12 44 31.46
Männer U50
Thomas Kämpf RV Hochheim M 1971 U50 01:01:28 1 44 42.95
Philipp Mund equipeRED M 1982 U50 01:01:53 2 44 42.66
Klaudius Mainka Team Rheinhessen M 1974 U50 01:05:53 3 44 40.07
Max Michelberger BP2T.de / TCEC Mainz M 1988 U50 01:05:56 4 44 40.04
Jens Eichner ohne Verein M 1976 U50 01:05:59 5 44 40.01
Paul Zimmermann ohne Verein M 1979 U50 01:06:13 6 44 39.87
Nicolas Dell ohne Verein M 1969 U50 01:07:15 7 44 39.26
Gregor Sauerzapf equipeRED/ALV Mainz M 1980 U50 01:07:43 8 44 38.99
Charlie Knöpfle Team Erdinger M 1971 U50 01:07:48 9 44 38.94
Richard Rae TCEC Mainz M 1983 U50 01:08:06 10 44 38.77
Christoph Steurenthaler TCEC M 1979 U50 01:08:45 11 44 38.40
David Haimpel schmolke-titan.de M 1961 U50 01:08:54 12 44 38.32
Sebastian Zimander Djk Marienstatt M 1985 U50 01:09:22 13 44 38.06
Jörg Urlbauer WRAG-Tria-Team M 1972 U50 01:11:42 14 44 36.82
Marcel Kühn Team Erdinger M 1977 U50 01:12:40 15 44 36.33
Helmut Klehn ohne Verein M 1968 U50 01:13:11 16 44 36.07
Tim Walita TCEC/LF Naheland M 1998 U20 01:13:54 17 44 35.72
Benjamin Rayher TSG Kostheim M 1989 U50 01:14:05 18 44 35.64
Kilian Pai Bikeadelic Racing M 1979 U50 01:14:05 18 44 35.64
Joachim Wölke VFR Simmern M 1970 U50 01:14:08 20 44 35.61
Andreas Ackermann WRAG-Tria-Team M 1968 U50 01:15:04 21 44 35.17
Oliver Haase RV03 Bürstadt M 1980 U50 01:15:23 22 44 35.02
Stefan Lukas WRAG-Tria-Team M 1965 Ü50 01:17:46 23 44 33.95
Tim Schott HSV Alzey M 1997 U20 01:17:51 24 44 33.91
Patrick Nowak ALV Mainz M 1980 U50 01:18:52 25 44 33.47
Dennis Stauder ohne Verein M 1983 U50 01:19:24 26 44 33.25
Jan Hofmeyer Sebamed Bike Team M 1978 U50 01:19:59 27 44 33.01
Frank Schaudig SV Tri City Darmstadt M 1966 U50 01:22:51 28 44 31.86
Stefan Salomon ohne Verein M 1965 U50 01:28:00 29 44 30.00
Siegfried Martens ohne Verein M 1966 U50 01:39:17 30 44 26.59