|The max gradients on these hills are a lot more than those averages.|
We had a couple triathletes come out this weekend on the way to their training camp in Florida; Clay and Hayley have some racing experience in USAC races, but this was their first time throwing down in midwest collegiate scene which is significantly sexier than your average cat 4/5 race.
|Hayley's ready to rock.|
They both had no trouble with the competition, with Hayley finishing 16th in the Women's B field and Clay hitting the final hill at the front of the C field before the near 20% pushed him back to 16th.
We also had some new teammates competing in the Men's C race: Eric Jones and Zach Benet. Considering neither of these guys has raced a road bike before they performed awesomely on the challenging course to finish 27th and 38th in a large field of about 50 riders.
|Zach and Eric. Zach, I should have warned you about pinning numbers upside-down. Sorry about that.|
|I have no fucking idea what I'm getting myself into. Check out the UK dude with his hr zones written on the top tube.|
The D field was really big (as it always is at Lindsey Wilson) with over 70 racers including our own Jared Salinger and Rasmussen thin Hani Habra. Both did a good job of managing the chaos that comes with 70 D riders and didn't crash, but found themselves on the wrong side of a separation early in the lap. Hani proceeded eat up the hills, destroying any of his competitors who got dropped from the field and finished in 30th while Jared wasn't far back in 42nd.
Our sprintstar JGrace decided to test out his legs in the B field and after easily managing the first lap he wisely decided to save his energy for the climbs in Georgia. I'll post some more on that later, but as a preview here's the route we did today:
|4 climbs and that last one (backside of Hogpen) just doesn't quit. And somehow a net elevation of -1600 ft.|