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Warriors Race Results

August 23, 2009 4:52 am

John and I competed in the 95 mile, 1000 Warriors race that covered the very tough course of stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.  I had done the same race last year.  This year they had more than twice as many riders and it was a USAC sanctioned race.

Anne was kind enough to provide support for myself and John.  That involved  driving us to the start and meeting us at some hand off places along the route.  We had to get up early and were in the car by 5 am.  John’s start time was 6:10 and it was still dark when he was getting ready to head to the start line.

I started with the Masters 55+ group at 6:45 am. It was now getting light.

As soon as we lined up I could see that there were several serious racers there, with $2000 racing wheels and PowerTap meters.   18 of us started right on time at 6:45 am.

There is a short climb in less than 2 miles and the group seemed to be off to a slow start so I went to the lead.  I thought that would be easy.  But they were just warming up and then we went to a fast descent and my speed reached 43.5 mph just staying in contact with about 6 other riders who had now split off from the rest of the group.

We then went into the second climb, not a significant grade, but still about 700 feet of climbing.  I was staying with the other 6 riders, one of them started to fall off the back.  My heart rate was creeping up and I made the first mistake of the day by letting my heart rate go to 174 in a vain attempt to stay connected.  Since we were near the summit I kept pushing hard but finally decided I was just setting myself up for failure later in the day so I fell off the back.  After cresting the summit the rider that was behind came down fast and I got on his wheel as he was trying to catch the riders ahead.  My speed got up to 45 mph until some sense came to me.  Why was I going down a hill with a heart rate of 160 bpm?

I was now riding solo through Kamas then down by the Jordanale  Reservoir.  On the last series of climbs before descending to Midway a big group of riders came by me and I jumped on the back.  By now John was already reaching Midway.

I was about to stay with 3 other riders to Midway.  When I reached Midway my average speed was 21. 7 mph, a bit faster than last year.

After a very quick stop to get more water (although I had not drank very much) I headed toward highway 189.  This is a busy road so I wanted to ride with others.  I could see one other rider far ahead and I pushed hard to catch up, maybe yet another mistake.  I finally caught him after we were on the highway and he was one who had started with me.   About half way on the busy highway, a large group of riders came by and we got a easier ride down to the Alpine Loop.  I reached the start of the climb with an average speed since Midway of 22.2 mph, better than last year’s 21.5.

I was feeling that I had been pushing too hard so I decided to back off on the climb up Alpine.  It took me only one minute longer than last year but looking at the data showed my average heart rate on the climb was 160, a bit high.

I watched my speed on the descent and was amazed at how fast some of the riders were coming down past me.  I didn’t want to take those type of risks.  When I reached the Timp Cave headquarters, they were motioning us to slow down.  The traffic had stopped ahead.  We slowly went into the other lane and rode down past about 2 miles of stopped cars with no cars coming up the canyon.  We finally reached the site of a serious cycling accident that involved 5 cyclists and a SUV.  The seriously injured riders were already gone in an ambulance but it was still a frightful feeling.

After carrying our bikes over the glass at the scene of the accident we biked down to the mouth of the canyon where they had stopped all the riders.  The highway patrol was letting groups of about 30 go at a time. I had some delay there but eventually was on my way.  I got to the feed zone and Anne told me that John had mentioned the accident.  I was glad to hear he was not involved.  Later John told me he reached the accident soon after it happened and the seriously injured cyclists was laying on the group in a pool of blood. According to the news reports, the injured rider broke every bone in his face…

I made the climb up Suncrest about 1 minute faster than last year.  I should have been backing off a bit and more focused on hydration.  When I met Anne at the feed zone on Wasatch, I did take the time to grab a half a PBJ and a banana but I started to ride and eat them on the bike.  It was now getting very warm and I was not drinking as well as I should have been.

I reached the start of the climb up Snowbird, now 11 minutes ahead of last year’s race.  I was figuring I would make the climb as fast as last year so I would do better overall.  As the grade started to increase I felt I needed to drink more but the grade, the heat and having only a double crank made it difficult to reach down to drink.  I could feel some cramping start in my left leg and I was getting worried.  I finally decided to make a quick stop to drink more water and take some endurolytes.  That was a mistake because as soon as I stopped major cramping set into both legs, so significant I could not move due to the pain.  It was too late to be able to ride easily up the hill.  After a few minutes, I made it back on the bike for about a mile, then I had to stop due to the pain.  Then back on the bike for awhile, then stop.  The pain was so great now that I had no choice but to walk because every attempt to get back on the bike was so painful I could not even get started.   I knew that Anne might be worried  since I was taking so long.  I had left my phone in the car so I could not call her.  All I could do was to keep moving.   I ended up walking over a mile until the grade started to ease up and I was able to get back on the bike by starting into the center of the road and riding toward the edge, allowing my legs to get going before starting the climb.  I rode the last mile to the finish.  I figured it took me an extra 35 minutes on the climb due to cramping.

John had finished long before me but it turned out he also had cramping.  I guess there were several that did because when I was walking my bike I saw many others do the same.  Last year I had a great climb up Snowbird but it was a terrible experience this year.  I was stupid because I know better to hydrate more and take sufficient endurolytes before I need to.  Still I was glad I was able to finally get back on the bike and not need to walk across the finish line.  When I was cramping one rider in our group passed me.  He finished in 6:18 and came in 8th place.  I probably would have been ahead of him without the cramping.  I ended up coming in 12th place.  This was one race I was very happy to finish.

Franz after finishing race

Franz after finishing race

We then waited for awhile to watch the pros come in.

Anne and John

Anne and John

The first pro came across in 4:07.

Stage winner Alex Howes

Here are our time splits and how they compared with last year.

1000 Warriors Race

Distance: 95 mile, Climb: 9,500 feet
Race 8/22/09 Race 8/16/08
Section
Dist
Avg. Spd
HR
Avg/Max
Climbs Elapse Time Avg. Spd HR
Avg/Max
Climbs
Elapse Time
Start in Park City
0 0
Main Str. in Midway
31/33 21.7 156/174 1:24 21.5 147/165 1:32
Start of Alpine Loop
45/47 22.2 151/166 2:04 21.0 143/164 2:15
Alpine Loop Summit
54/56 8.0 160/166 1:06 3:11 8.1 154/160 1:05 3:20
Start of Suncrest *
70/71 24.6 139/168 3:54 25.1 130/153 3:58
Suncrest Summit
73/75 8.8 166/171 0:26 4:20 8.5 156/164 0:27 4:25
Start of Snowbird
88/90 16.3 151/171 5:14 15.6 151/158 5:25
Snowbird **
96/98 6.1 142/157 1:40 6:54 5.7 155/162 1:05 6:30
Overall – Franz 14.6 154/174 6:54:52 15.1 148/165 6:30:36
Overall – John 16.3 148/170 5:52:10
* Major cycling crash at mouth of AF Canyon stopped traffic and caused delay

** Significant cramping required stopping and walking caused a loss of 35 minutes

The table and graphs below are from the Polar HRM for both myself and John.  You can see that while John avoided spending too much time in the red zone.  I was in that zone too much for this year’s race.  The faster time I was obtaining to the base of Snowbird was coming at a high price.  The heart rate zones are based on the maximum and resting heart rate using this calculator.

1000 Warriors Race

Distance: 95 mile, Climb: 9,500 feet
Heart Rate Analysis
  Franz John
Maximum HR / Resting HR 180 / 45 187 / 142
Time in HR Zone
Range
8/22/09
8/16/09 Range 8/22/09
Maximum 166-180 10% 2% 173-187 4%
Hard 154-166 52% 44% 158-173 49%
Moderate 140-153 23% 32% 144-158 19%
Light 90-139 14% 21% 90-144 28%
Average HR on ride   154 148   148
Maximum HR on ride   174 165   170

1000WarriorsHR2009

T-1 to Warriors Race

August 21, 2009 5:17 am

It is now only one day before the 1000 Warriors race.  Tomorrow morning Anne will be driving John and I up to Park City for the race start.  We will need to leave here at 5 am.  Anne will be providing support at the feed zones but will not be following us on the course.

Every time I approach a big climbing even, I am always concerned about my weight.  There are two ways to climb faster, reduce the weight (of the rider or the bike) or output more power. Being 61 years old I am not sure I can output much more power. My bike is about as light as it is going to be without spending a lot more money. So I can only work on my body weight. Training has helped and I am now down to 138.5 lbs (63 kg). So there is nothing left to do but pray.

We are close enough that the weather forecast is getting to be accurate.  Rain is no longer in the forecast, which is a good thing.  But instead we are going to have hot weather.  Last year at the start it was 42 degrees, rather cold.  Tomorrow it should be around 58 degrees at the start.  That is nice biking weather, but the climb up Snowbird is going to be a cooker.  I start up Wasatch around 11:00 am, and it should be in the high 80’s.  The climb up Snowbird will be in the mid 90’s.  I hope it cools a bit as we climb to a higher elevation.

Training a few days before a race does not provide any benefit and may cause more harm if you get injured or too tired. So we all try to taper down but that is not much fun.  I really finished my last real training ride on Tuesday, although Anne and I did go out for a 25 mile ride yesterday (Thursday).  She beat me up South Fork by over 4 minutes, because I was determined to take it easy.  Some pains in my Achilles tendon today makes me think maybe I should not even have done that easy ride.

Looking at my training log, I see my mileage over the past 8 to 9 weeks has been quite similar to last year before the same race.

WarriorsTrainingMiles

The feet of climbing per week shows a different story.  Part of this was due to traveling to Washington state where it was just flat riding and part was focusing on getting Anne ready for the Ulcer flat century.  My climbing was not at the same pace as last year, except in the last couple of weeks were I nearly caught up.  I am not sure if more climbing toward the end will be better than if it were spaced over several weeks.  We will see tomorrow.  Week 9 is this week and I have included in tomorrow’s ride.

WarriorsTrainingFeet

1000 Warriors Time Estimates

August 17, 2009 10:00 pm

This year’s Tour of Utah should be the best yet, with 6 stages and contenders including David Zabriskie, Floyd Landis and Tour veterans Oscar Sevilla and Francisco Mancebo.  As part of the pro racing, there are some events that are open to amateur racers.  One is the 1000 Warriors, a USA Cycling certified race, where over 600 racers will compete in stage 4, which starts in Park City Utah and has a hill top finish at Snowbird ski resort.   Riding in the event will be guest wounded warriors, purple heart recipients from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

I did a similar event last year with nearly the same course.  This year John will be flying in from Atlanta to join.  Here is the best current estimate for both myself and John to reach each point.  My estimate is based on doing the same as last year and as confirmed by recent training rides where I completed the entire course on two different days.  Since John will be starting 35 minutes before I do and will be riding faster, the gap between when we arrive at the SAG stops will increase.  Anne may not have time between after I arrive at the last hand off to drive to Snowbird and park before John finishes.  For this day, civil twilight is 6:15 am and sunrise at 6:44 am.  Last year I started at 5:53 am and it was dark.  That made it a bit spooky on the first descent where I reached speeds of 41 mph.

1000 Warriors Time Estimate

95 Miles, 9,600 Feet of Climbing
Clock Distance (miles) Avg. MPH
Franz John Segment Total Franz John
Start 6:45 am 6:10 am 0 0
Midway Hand Off 8:17 am 7:34 am 30.4 30.4 19.7 21.5
Start Alpine Loop 9:03 am 8:15 am 14.9 45.2 19.2 21.5
Sundance Hand Off 9:21 am 8:32 am 2.3 47.5 7.8 8.5
Summit Alpine Loop 10:09 am 9:17 am 6.6 54.1 8.2 8.8
Westfield Hand Off 10:48 am 9:53 am 15.8 69.8 24 26
Start of Suncrest 10:50am 9:54 am 0.5 70.3 20 20
Summit Suncrest 11:17 am 10:20 am 3.9 74.2 8.7 9
Hidden Valley Hand Off 12:01 pm 11:05 am 12.7 86.8 17 17
Junction Hwy 209&210 12:09 pm 11:12 am 1.7 88.5 13 13
Finish 1:14 pm 12:17 pm 6.1 94.6 5.7 5.7
Total Time 6:29 6:07     14.6 15.4

This shows the elevation profile. The steepest grade is 9% but you can see that the Snowbird climb is at around 9% for several miles (click graph to enlarge).

TourOfUtahProfile

Here is the race route. The pros start at 11 am will finish around 3 pm.

First Half of 1000 Warriors Route

6:36 pm

Two days ago I rode the last 50 miles the 1000 Warriors route (which has most of the climbing).  Today our daughter and her family, who are visiting, wanted to go to Park City so I thought it would be a good chance to ride home and get in the first 45 miles of the route.

Some notes from today’s ride.  There is a small climb right near the start. After a short platueau another climb of about 600 feet.  Then a very fast descent, where my speeds reached 41 mph.  I remember doing this last year in the dark because we started at 5:54 am.  Then another long climb, but not steep.  Then another descent down to Kamas.  Watch out for the rumble strips.  There is a nice shoulder on the road but if you hit the rumple strips you are in for a surprise because they are deep and rough.   After some flat riding, a series of 3 climbs before plunging down toward Midway.  None of the climbs are steep (I did them all in the big chain ring using a double crank).

The roads through Midway were nice but when you end back on Highway 189, it is not pleasant.  The first part has a fairly good shoulder, but there are at least 5 miles with no shoulder and heavy traffic.  I think last year on the race there was less traffic because it was early in the  morning.  You would think once you hit highway 189 it would be down hill but that was not the case.  It is more like rollers.  Once you finally start to head down you come to the Alpine Loop turn within 2 miles.  So much for the downhill.  Today I had a headwind and of course I was riding solo, so my times were not as fast as the race last year.

I patched together the two separate training rides and compared that with the actual splits from last year’s race.  Because of some changes in the course I did a bit of back fitting on last year’s splits so the climb up Suncrest starts where this year’s route turns onto it and the climb up Sunbird starts from the junction of highway 209 and 210.  Last year we could not take the highway 209 shortcut.

So if I can do similar to my training rides, I will do about like I did last year.  You will notice that today I was slower than last year’s race but my training ride two days ago was faster.  Of course for the later part of the course my training ride started with fresh legs, not 45 miles of cycling.

1000 Warriors Race Training

Distance: 95 mile, Climb: 9,600 feet
8/16/08 Actual Race – Course was 2 miles longer.
8/15/09 Training from Start of Alpine Loop to Finish
8/17/09 Training from Route Start to Start of Alpine Loop
Training Rides 8/15&17/09 Actual Race 8/16/08
Section
Dist
Avg. Spd
HR Climbs Elapse Time Avg. Spd HR
Climbs
Elapse Time
Start in Park City
0 0
Main Str. in Midway
31/33 19.1 140 1:36 21.5 130 1:32
Start of Alpine Loop
45/47 18.5 133 2:24 21.0 134 2:15
Alpine Loop Summit
54/56 8.9 159 1:02 3:25 8.1 155 1:05 3:20
Start of Suncrest
70/71 23.3 135 4:08 25.1 152 3:58
Suncrest Summit
73/75 9.3 155 0:24 4:32 8.5 161 0:27 4:25
Start of Snowbird Climb
88/90 16.0 152 5:26 15.6 151 5:25
Finish Snowbird
96/98 6.1 161 0:57 6:23 5.7 151 1:05 6:30

Pieces of Eight Ride – Second Half of Warriors Route

August 14, 2009 8:39 pm
Pieces of Eight Ride - Second Half of Warriors Route

The Spanish dollar (also known as the piece of eight, the real de a ocho or the eight-real coin) is a silver coin, worth eight reales.  But I think of pieces of eight as a way to piece together a ride from our Utah home using 8 different climbs and at least 8,000 feet of climbing and 80 miles.

Today I did another Pieces of Eight ride and it was my first big ride on my new bike (at least a new frame) and one of my last big training ride before the 1000 Warriors race in one week.  I wanted to get in a ride that went up Snowbird, the final climb on the race.  The race is 95 miles, but the last 50 has most all of the climbing.  I decided to ask Anne to drive me up to the bottom of the Alpine Loop so I could ride the last half of the route since I wanted to focus on climbing.  I started to ride at 8:41 am and it was still a bit cool but I started right out with a climb so it was fine.  It took me 1 hour and 2 minutes to reach the summit, better than my long ride last Monday and more then 2 minutes faster than the 300 Warriors race last year.  But on the race I had already ridden 45 miles to get to the start of today’s ride.  It was then a fast decent down American Fork Canyon.  I was interested in how the new bike would handle.  It handled very well, just as good as my Madone 5.9 frame and probably a bit better.

I followed the route for the 1000 Warriors ride and timed myself going up Suncrest.  Again my time was faster than my race time last week.  I was feeling good as I made my down into the Salt Lake Valley and over to the beginning of the Snowbird climb.  I was worried about this climb because it is so difficult, more than 6 miles with no plateaus to catch your breath.  It is especially brutal at the end of a 95 mile race.  Even though I was only at mile 43 when I started the steep climb, it was still very difficult.  But my climb time was more than 6 minutes faster than my race time from last year.  I am sure most of that was less miles on my legs.

At the summit I turned around to trace the route backwards.  That meant climbing the tough Transverse Ridge.  With over 7,500 of climbing already on my legs it was not a pleasant experience and my time showed it.  At the summit I stopped to get water and gave Anne a call.  Since we have a 50 mile ride tomorrow, with a lot of climbing, I decided I wanted to keep this ride down to 80 miles. If I biked back home, even skipping American Fork Canyon, I would have ended up with 95 miles.  She agreed to meet me at the Bike Peddler, which allowed me to finish riding with 80 miles and 8,840 feet of climbing.

This table shows how my ride today compared with similar rides on the same hills during the past year.   Someday I really need to switch to a compact crank.  Doing these hills with a double crank is getting too tough.

Pieces of Eight Traning Rides

80+ Miles, 8,000+ Feet of Climbing
Alpine Loop
Suncrest
Trans. Ridge
AF Cyn
Squaw Peak Snow Bird
Total Ride
Distance
8.9 mi
3.9 mi
3.5 mi
8.4 mi
4.4 mi 6.1 mi Dist Climb Rolling Avg.
Climb
2,700
1,060
1,165
2,400
1,620 2,440 Mi. Feet MPH HR
PR 55:37 23:54 26:52 59:24 31:51 58:12
8/14/09 80 8,840 13.3 146
Time 1:01:57 0:24:52 0:32:45 0:58:12
HR 158 155 159 163
8/10/09 102 10,900 12.2 134
Time 1:06:31 0:27:20 0:28:44 1:05:46 0:42:45
HR 150 155 160 157 157
8/27/08 84 8,500 13.7 131
Time
0:58:24
0:26:03
0:26:52
0:59:24
HR 159 156 164 167
8/20/08 84 8,500 13.2 132
Time
1:08:01
0:23:54
0:30:28
1:07:20
HR 141 158 156 155
8/16/08 – 300 Warrirors Race 96 9,500 15.1 151
Time 1:04:39 27:15 1:04:51
HR 154 156 155

1000 Warriors Race Preview

August 11, 2009 7:43 pm
1000 Warriors Race Preview

On August 22nd, John and I will be competed in the 1000 Warriors race, an amateur race that covers the same course as Stage 4 of the Tour of Utah. Last year I competed in the same race, then called the 300 Warriors. See my blog entry on my results. Last year it took me 6.5 hours and we started at 6 am. This year the 1000 Warriors race a USA cycling certified race so they are doing staggered starts according to category. I will be in the Masters 55+ category and will be starting around 6:30. The pros start at 11 am and will finish around 3 pm. Even though I am not in the same condition as last year, I hope to finish within 7 hours, at least 1.5 hours before the first pro to arrive. But they say we need to clear the course by 2 pm, so I want to finish at least before then.

Here is a description of the course from the official website:

The stage kicks off with a few parade laps up historic Main Street in Park City, then heads east across the farmlands of Summit County. Turning back west, riders enter what seems like another country, the Swiss-inspired town of Midway. After briefly skirting Deer Creek Reservoir, the race plunges down Provo Canyon, then turns sharply uphill as it passes Robert Redford’s Sundance resort, where it begins to climb the difficult Alpine Loop. This legendary Utah route ascends through narrow stands of aspen and fir trees, crests a saddle just under the summit of Mt. Timponogas, and plunges down a twisty, narrow highway that rivals the Alps for sheer beauty and danger. Descending back into and through suburbia, riders suffer up a “small” bump over Traverse Ridge before they have to tackle the deciding 8-12 percent climb up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Creekside Center at the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort.

I see the course has be modified slightly from last year and follows the route I usually take after coming down American Fork Canyon, up to Alpine before making your way over to Suncrest.

Riding with Floyd?

July 15, 2009 9:46 am

I see that Floyd Landis is riding on the Ouch Pro team on the Tour of Utah.  John and I are doing the Park City to Snowbird stage as part of the 1000 Warriors ride.  We get a 5 hour head start so I hope I don’t get caught by the pros.  It will be a tough stage with 96 miles and 10,880 feet of climbing.  Here is the route profile.

TourOfUtahProfile

I did the same stage last year and the final climb up to Snowbird was a killer.  Since John will be ahead of me and Anne will be providing SAG support for both of us, I need to figure out the timing when we will get to each meeting spot to get watter and food.

Here are my splits from last year.

Tour of Utah Stage 4 – Actual Splits

Distance: 98 mile, Climb: 10,880 feet
Section
Distance
Avg. Spd
Climbs
Clock
Start in Park City
0 5:54 am
Main Str. in Midway
33 21.5 7:25 am
Start of Alpine Loop
47 21.0 8:09 am
Alpine Loop Summit
56 8.1 1:05 9:14 am
Start of Suncrest
70 26.7 9:48 am
Suncrest Summit
75 9.4 0:31 10:19 am
Start of Snowbird Climb
90 17.0 11:08 am
Finish Snowbird
98 6.3 1:15 12:23 pm

One of 300 Warriors – Tour of Utah

August 16, 2008 8:00 pm

I finished, along with a limited group of 300 cyclists, stage 4 of the Tour of Utah, called the 300 Warriors. It was a great experience to ride a stage of a pro race on the same day when all the route signs were up (such as “KOM 5K”), and some of the people who had assembled early for the race cheering you on.  Although the roads were not closed for us, we had a police escort for the first 15 miles.

We were the citizen riders so we started at 6 am on Saturday, 4 hours ahead of the professional riders. The 99 mile course started the 14,788 feet of climbing in Park City, Utah, traveled over to Midway, down Provo Canyon, then up over the Alpine Loop. We went down American Fork Canyon, over Suncrest to the Salt Lake Valley, took local roads over to Little Cottonwood Canyon, then the last big climb, up to Snowbird Ski Resort.

The 300 riders started in the dark. Even though it was August, it was cold, around 42 degrees. The route took us from Park City over a hilly course to Kamas then to Midway. After making one climb we had a very fast descent. It was too dark to see my speed, but when I checked my HRM later, it was 41 mph in the dark! I was hanging with the lead riders then, but the group was growing smaller with each climb. I stayed with them for about 25 miles.   I was too far back in the peleton on a climb when I noticed a gap was opening up ahead of the riders in front of me.  I made my way around the riders who were dropping off but I could not quite catch the leaders before they went over the crest. From that point I rode the course mostly sole, occasionally getting with one or two other riders for a few miles. After 33 miles I made it into Midway, averaging 21.5 mph, which was fast considering we had climbed over 1500 feet.

Ann drove SAG but I didn’t feel she needed to follow the course. After taking us to the ride start, she headed over to Midway where she was was waiting when I arrived. I made a very quick stop, just long enough to fill my water bottle and remove some of the clothes I had been wearing due to the cold temperatures at the start. Since we had been advise to not have the SAG’s try to go over the Alpine Loop, she then was able to head home for a short period then head over for the second meeting place at mile 70 on the route.

I was able to catch two other riders leaving Midway. Since we had 11 miles on highway 189, with a lot of traffic, I was hoping to ride with others to be more visible, but I eventually went ahead of the others. The ride from Midway to the start of the Alpine loop was more rollers. I reached the turn up the canyon faster than I expected, averaging 21 mph. The climb up the Alpine loop took me 1:05. I was keeping my heart rate down to the mid 150’s, knowing we had a lot of climbing ahead. After reaching the summit, at over 8,000 feet, we had a fast descent down American Fork Canyon. We were being held up by some cars driving down and had to make our way around some of them when we had a clear view. A few miles after reaching the valley, I arrived at the second meeting place where Ann was waiting.

She filled my water bottles and handed me a PBJ sandwich, which I ate as I took off again.

I felt I had enough to finish from there and so she headed to the finish at Snowbird. I turned right up Suncrest and reached the summit in 31 minutes. It was then a steep downhill to the Salt Lake Valley. Once I reached Wasatch Blvd, it was the start of a lot of climbing as I made my way to Little Cottonwood Canyon.

From there it was a very difficult climb. The grade was a bit steeper than  Metcalf,  and it seemed to go  forever.

Maybe it was the miles at speed on my legs, but I had to grind it out. It took me 1:15 to reach the finish.

I finished in 6:29, which was 30 minutes faster than my goal. The pro winner of the race came in at 4:15. Some other well know pros were Oscar Sevilla at 4:17, Tom Danielson at 4:19 and Tyler Hamilton at 4:27. Danny Pate, Will Frischkorn and Freddy Rodrigues did not make the time cut. I was happy I was able to complete the 98 miles and 14,778 feet of climbing under 6 and half hours.

After eating lunch, we headed back to the finish where Ann and I waited for the Pros to arrive and so we could take their photos.

This chart shows my heart rate and altitude (click to elarge).

Here are my splits.

Tour of Utah Stage 4 – Actual Splits

Distance: 98 mile, Climb: 14,477 feet
Section
Distance
Avg. Spd
Climbs
Clock
Start in Park City
0 5:54 am
Main Str. in Midway
33 21.5 7:25 am
Start of Alpine Loop
47 21.0 8:09 am
Alpine Loop Summit
56 8.1 1:05 9:14 am
Start of Suncrest
70 26.7 9:48 am
Suncrest Summit
75 9.4 0:31 10:19 am
Start of Snowbird Climb
90 17.0 11:08 am
Finish Snowbird
98 6.3 1:15 12:23 pm

300 Warriors – Tour of Utah

August 14, 2008 8:10 am

I was able to get into a limited group of 300 cyclists who will do stage 4 of the Tour of Utah.   Called the 300 Warriors, we start at 6 am on Saturday, 4 hours ahead of the professional riders.    The 99 mile course starts in Park City, Utah, travels over to Midway, down Provo Canyon, then up over the Alpine Loop.  We will then go down American Fork canyon, then over Suncrest to Draper, then take the roads over to Little Cottonwood canyon, then the last big climb, up to Snowbird Ski Resort.

This stage represents over 28% of the horizontal distance and almost half the climbing in the five-day Tour of Utah stage race. Finishing this ride is the equivalent to riding the Tour de France’s Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier and Alpe d’Huez.  It is advertised as 99 miles and 14,778 feet of climbing. I am estimating that the the climbing will be a bit less, closer to 11,000 feet.  Here is the profile (click to enlarge).

The steepest section occurs near the end, starting at mile 95, where the grade goes to something like 20% for a quarter of a mile.

Ann will be driving SAG since this event has no support.  I have estimated my arrival time for where we will meet along the course using an estimated average speed of each segment.  Since I have not ridden on some of these roads, these are a rough estimate since I have no log data to use.  In any case, I need to finish before being caught by the pros.  The estimated times really depend on accuracy of the feet of climbing estimate.

Tour of Utah Stage 4 – Estimates

Distance: 98 mile, Climb: 14,477 feet
Section
Distance
Avg. Spd
Time
Clock
Start
0 6:00 am
Main St. in Midway
33
19
1:45
7:45 am
Turn on Alpine Loop
48
19
2:35
8:35 am
Church Hwy 92 near 6000 W
70.7 13.5 4:10 10:10 am
Church on Wasatch
86.5
14.5
5:15
11:15 am
Finish
98.1
7
7:00
1:00 pm

Civil twilight is going to be after we start so the start should be dark, and cold according to the weather forecast. I will be fun once the sun comes up and the temperatures warm. I am glad that the weather forecast for tomorrow is a bit cooler but it will be still warmer than I would like on those big climbs.