Calga TT this weekend

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Postby AndrewBurns » 25 Feb 2013, 08:04

Thinking of going to Calga this weekend if the weather is ok, never been there or done a TT before. Anybody else going?

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 25 Feb 2013, 08:57

I can't do March unfortunately but an hoping to get to April's. I've heard they are good and very well run.

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Postby MarkL » 26 Feb 2013, 19:06

I haven't done any since 2011, however, they are good and you get to start off a ramp. Just save a little energy for Blood Hill on the return :wink:

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Postby Eleri » 26 Feb 2013, 21:43

Trouty, Weller and I did the TT at Calga last month. You just turn up and take the next number and that's about an hour after you turn up. Riders go 1 minute apart. No drafting allowed.

Don't forget to warm up first. Head off, down the ramp and enjoy the next 40-50 mins of pain. And, like Mark says, save a bit for the hill at the end.

The aim with a TT is to ride just below the point at which you blow up - and maintain that for the duration.

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Postby AndrewBurns » 06 Apr 2013, 17:01

Ok weather is looking ok at this point so I've decided to give it a go tomorrow. Any other DHBC riders going to be there?

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Postby AndrewBurns » 07 Apr 2013, 10:37

Did the 25km course in 41:24, average speed 36.3 kph. I think I went out a bit too hard but I had a bit of strength left at the end, so things to improve on. I'm not used to being in the drops for so long, one or two leg muscles were so sore I could barely walk when I got off the bike.

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Postby mikesbytes » 07 Apr 2013, 18:28

That's a good time

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Postby timyone » 09 Apr 2013, 12:07

No aero bars Andrew? They will cut your time a few mins on their own

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Postby AndrewBurns » 09 Apr 2013, 19:38

Nope no aero bars but now I'm thinking I'll drop a little coin on some clip-on aluminium ones and see how they go. I was searching for a lower and more stretched out position during the ride, I was still too arched up in the drops.

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Postby timyone » 10 Apr 2013, 11:22

Yeah, you can't do a serious time trial with out them unless you are quite super fit, though need to do some training in them, as they can use some different muscles. You will be surprised at the massive difference they make! It feels like about 2km an hour faster.

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 10 Apr 2013, 13:02

I agree with Tim. I started on aluminum clip on bars and thought the experience so impressive that I went out and bought a TT bike. Though I will admit it's hard to get it out to train on as it's not suitable for the short road ride to CP

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Postby AndrewBurns » 04 May 2013, 20:43

Calga TT on again tomorrow, I'll be there again (still haven't bought any aero stuff so it will just be in ordinary kit like last time).

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Postby AndrewBurns » 05 May 2013, 10:57

Rode again today and seemed to do better again. I'm a little confused as my time was apparently 41 mins 34 seconds (longer than last time) but my official average speed was 38.45 kph (much faster than last time). I'll have to wait until the scores are uploaded so I can compare but I felt like I had less in the tank at the end and pushed harder this time. Still no aero equipment, need to get off my arse and get some clip-ons.

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Postby mikesbytes » 05 May 2013, 12:27

Pretty dam quick mate

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Postby AndrewBurns » 05 May 2013, 12:46

Nah looking at my Garmin data I really doubt I was that fast, 38+ kph average would mean somewhere around 39 minutes and I was nowhere near that fast. I think there must have been some error in their calculation of my average speed so I probably did slightly worse today than last week (there was a headwind on the way back this time for what it's worth).

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Postby mikesbytes » 05 May 2013, 14:03

Look me up on the database, I think I did 38.something on my road bike in 2011. The time will tell you if yours right

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Postby rhys » 12 May 2013, 19:18

Andrew, have you uploaded the ride to Strava? Keen to see what the elevation profile looks like. If it's flat enough I may be persuaded to give it a go.

Nevermind, google yielded this result:

http://www.atta.asn.au/maps/calga.html

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 24 May 2013, 10:15

I've locked in Calga for next weekend, 2nd June. Who's in?

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Postby anna_g » 24 May 2013, 14:10

Hmm..Always interested in trying Time Trial.
Any requirements as in say fitness level and stuff?
And also do we pay?

I'll see if i can get my partner to be interested and drive us down to calga on the 2nd ;)

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Postby mikesbytes » 24 May 2013, 18:03

I'm going too

Pay when you get there

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Postby mikesbytes » 25 May 2013, 16:32

Can't remember how much they charge but its OK whatever it was.

First rider departs 8am, so be there earlier to sign in and warm up

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Postby Eleri » 25 May 2013, 18:10

Anna - aim to get there around 7:15 to 7:30. You need to warm up and you will be allocated a time in order of arrival. So go straight to sign on when you arrive. Be warned there are no toilets there.
Good luck!

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Postby anna_g » 25 May 2013, 23:13

No worries. Thanks for all the info!
Will update closer to the date if we can't make it. At the moment we "should" be in.

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Postby AndrewBurns » 27 May 2013, 18:30

I should be there this weekend (unless I've forgotten something else I'm supposed to be doing).

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Postby mikesbytes » 27 May 2013, 19:04

I'll be there too

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Postby AndrewBurns » 30 May 2013, 06:29

Weather not looking so promising for the weekend at this point :(

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 01 Jun 2013, 17:47

Pia, Eleri and I are still doing this rain, hail or shine (maybe not hail). See some of you out there...

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Postby MarkL » 01 Jun 2013, 20:25

Being slightly optimistic, bike, pump, helmet and shoes are in the car :)

Mike and I will head up there, Paul is also going.

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Postby paul » 02 Jun 2013, 09:58

Ride Report:

Alarm went off at 5:15; rain pounding on the roof; rolled over and went back to sleep.
Rule 5 needed.

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Postby mikesbytes » 02 Jun 2013, 10:05

Mark and arrived, not raining. Warmup, ITT, warm down, pack up no rain. Drive off starts raining

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Postby jonboy » 02 Jun 2013, 10:28

Shouldn't you have also inserted:

"Mark and I arrived, not raining. Warmup, ITT, collected prizemoney, photo on podium, warm down, pack up no rain. Drive off starts raining".

Were many other brave riders (or DHBC riders) present - or were they having croissants and coffee in bed like others who were planning to come?

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Postby mikesbytes » 02 Jun 2013, 10:35

At Pie in the Skye, it's pissing down

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Postby mikesbytes » 02 Jun 2013, 10:38

No other DHBC. The club of steel was Manly

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Postby JoTheBuilder » 02 Jun 2013, 12:46

It seriously didn't rain? Woops. Fail.

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Postby andrewm » 02 Jun 2013, 13:58

No hail either. Soft. ;)

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Postby anna_g » 02 Jun 2013, 18:27

Thought it would be raining heavy at calga this morning as it was pouring down very heavy at home.. Wouldn't have thought it wasn't raining that bad there! Amazing what the sky does..

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Postby mikesbytes » 02 Jun 2013, 20:04

That's right Eleri, we do it for the luv

ITT Report- Calga 2/6/13

Phoned Lacey at 6am and discussed the weather. We decided to proceed with the view that we could pull the pin when we were there. After all, we have done road races in worse weather.

We arrive and guess what... no rain, so its on. We register. Riders are sent out one minute apart.


Head off for a quick warmup and its time to line up


Brownie helps me into the starting booth


3 seconds to go


Brownie lets go and I'm off


I'm thinking, Ken Dinnerval, 16 spin classes and my legs aren't even warm. What am I doing???


I look down at my computer and my speed has stopped working, dam, that ain't gunna help. Probably more important than speed is distance, which I don't have. I do have heart rate and cadence, so not all is lost. So I decide to try to control this ride using my heart rate, targeting 170bpm

Meanwhile Lacey has missed his slot and Crafty is helping to slip into something more comfortable [new number]. We all know how Crafty likes to play dress-up.


And he's ready to go


Way out
Not knowing my speed and distance is a nuisance, in particular my distance. Then possibly about 1/2 way on the way out, I spot the rider in front of me, the visual gives me someone to work at. I seem to hold steady to him for the way out. But just before the half way turnaround the rider behind me overtakes me and is about 10mtrs ahead of me as we chuck the u'turn.

Way back
The overtaking rider clears off and pulls out a sizable distance. Then I find myself reeling a rider in, I'm assuming its the rider who left 1 minute in front of me, but when I'm real close, I see its the rider who overtook me and cleared off. I'm almost on him and he kicks again, disappearing into the distance. I can't see anyone and I'm focusing on my stablising my heart rate, with partial success.

Lacey goes by in the opposite direction and I'm thinking "he's a long way behind" I didn't have a distance reading so I don't know exactly how much and I didn't know about his start time changing.

I close in on Blood hill and there's riders everywhere. On the hill I think I overtook 5 riders, excluding the one stopped at the side, possibly with a mechanical. The 5 riders consist of the one who started behind me, one minute ahead, 2 minutes ahead, 4 minutes ahead and 5 minutes ahead.

the 2 guys 1 minute behind/ahead of me catch me, I know we are closing in on the finish, while the speed reading has kicked in, I don't know the distance (thanks computer). The 3 of duel briefly and I leave both of them behind, but with a K to go the guy from behind comes up beside and say "nearly there" as we can see the finish tent. He pulls about 2 bike lengths on me and its over.


Afterwards
I stopped my computer, I might as well analyse my heart rate data I think. After a bit of a cooldown, I go back to the tent to check with Crafty as to my time and its 39m52s. Not my fastest time, but a good learning experience, I have an idea of what I did well and where there's more potential. And that's the thing about ITT's, you need to do a few to learn, this was my 6th, previously I did Calga twice in 2011, the NSW 2011 ITT champs and the Australian ITT champs in 2011 and 2012.

We packed up and drove off, it started to drizzle as we left. We had avoided the rain. We went to Pie in the Sky and had coffee and ate... you guessed it, while the bikes sat out in the drizzle.


While we were there Steven Berveling (SCC) turned up, he's a time trailist specialist who had a nasty crash in CP earlier this year. We discussed times and conditions and he feels that the colder heavy water laden air would of slowed our times, which made me feel better about missing my PB by 39 seconds.


Then the heavens opened up big time


If your feeling bored, the rest of the photos are

data is a bit screwed, but seems to have cleaned it up a bit. Check out also the hidden sections on Strava


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