Downers Ave Criterium Tour of America’s Dairyland

June 25, 2011 Masters 123

I signed up to do the full http://www.tourofamericasdairyland.com/ in the Masters 123.  Downers Avenue was a race that I wanted to win, but I ended up getting sixth place.  I moved up to the front within the first 2 laps because the second corner makes the race hard.  Within the next few laps, I was in a break with 5 guys.  We were holding around 10-15 seconds for a long time, and I was getting cooked.  I really thought that were we not going to stay out.  A few laps later, a z-motion guy bridged up and a few more laps later a Safeway guy bridged up to put seven guys in the break.  With the added power, we established the gap at 45-50 seconds.  With about 6 to go, I picked up 100 prime.  I took the 2nd corner fast and had a big gap on the back side and rolled in for the prime.  The gap was so big that I kept it going for a few laps.  After a few laps, I could see that I was not going to go solo so I waited for  the break, and joined the rear of the break with 2 to go (thanks for the nice push from the Cafe Hollander guy!).  On the last lap on the 2nd corner, I was last in line and ended up in the gutter which meant I was just hanging on down the backside.  I tried to sprint but the other guys in the break were faster, and I rolled in for 6th.  Even though I wanted the win, I was really happy with this race!

Again, I used the data screen setup from http://www.biketelemetry.com.  I did not turn off the sound so you will need to turn down your volume.

Give 20-30 secs to queue up.

Below is the powerfile with yellow power lines at 300 and 1000, and red HR lines at 150 and 170.

Downers Ave:
Duration:           1:01:06
Work:                1055 kJ
Norm Power:    315
Distance:          27.829 mi
Min
Max
Avg
Power:
0
1285
288
watts
Heart Rate:
114
167
157
bpm
Cadence:
37
182
90
rpm
Speed:
0
33.7
27.3
mph

Ride Hard,

Steve