|Juvéderm-Specialized-Mazda riding to the time trial course of the 2011 Tour of the Gila|
Stage three was the 25km time trial. It was a very windy and hilly course. I decided to ride the race with little time-trial (TT) specific equipement. I thought I would be more comfortable on my bike and get blown around less in the crosswinds. (They picked up to 60mph by the end of the day!) I saw the difference that the deep-dish wheels and full TT bikes made on the downhills however, where the girls blew by me. I didn't have as much trouble keeping up on the uphill.
This was the first time trial I did with my Quarq powermeter. I can really appreciate the extent to which following my power output during a TT can help me pace myself. I'm looking forward to practicing working with this tool a bit more. I really love my Quarq.
|Photo: © Mitch Clinton|
Congratulations to Denise Ramsden (in the picture above) who rode the fastest time in the U26 (Younger-than-26-years-old) category. She now has the white jersey (best young, or U26 rider)! I started several riders behind her and could see her passing girls in the distance. It was impressive! Clara Hughes won this stage by a whopping two minutes. She now has the overall leader's jersey. Good riding girls!