Category 3,4: 9 miles
Metropolitan Cycling Association | Team Squiggle
Confirmed Riders (not including day-of registration):
Race Summary: Event met, but did not exceed, expectations. Weather was great and there was a mix of people with standard road racing bikes as well as Time Trial bikes. Only a few guys with the teardrop-shaped helmets who would have won the day without the tech from the looks of their build and finishing times. Most just had clip-on aero bars.
The course started with a very steep downhill and ran up river road about 5 miles before doubling back (making for a delicious small-ring finish for most)
I was glad to have the aero bars in the middle section of the course as the extra speed helped to make it over the rollers at a nice pace. The hills were steep enough to require standing at times and I probably felt the full-leg lactic burn at least 4 times in the 24 minutes I was out there.
Riders were sent out in 1 minute intervals and overall it was very organized. I conceded about a minute twenty to a DKNY rider with a cervello TT bike and ended up finishing mid-pack both for Cat 4 as well as overall if you blended the fields together. Having only owned aero bars for 4 days before racing on them and not having had a chance to do much specific training for the event I feel pretty good about the results, and about the improvements that can be made before the next event of this type.