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First RME singlespeed win!

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      I raced the Rocky Mountain Endurance series for the first time last year in the singlespeed class after several years of time off the bike. I placed 4th and 5th in most races but was able to score enough points to finish the series overall in 2nd place. My goal for this year was to make individual race podiums and win the the series overall. I trained shorter distances all winter long with a power meter and LW Coaching plans to improve my power. As spring rolled around I transitioned to the 100 mile PR plan to get ready for the series and the Breck 100.

      The first race this year went really well. I pushed a gear 2 teeth in the rear bigger than last season. I led for 3.5 laps out of 5 and held onto 2nd place at the finish. Looking over my power file I realized a few mistakes and asked Lynda here on the forums for some advice to go for a win.

      Race number two at Peaceful Valley is deceptively difficult in my opinion and I planned to sit 2nd or 3rd wheel as long as possible to plan a late race attack. Thankfully my wife and 4.5 year old son came to the race to hand up bottles and keep me rolling. The start went perfectly. I tracked my power meter to limit early too hard efforts and sat in the group for the opening climb. As people started to push to the front I sat second or third wheel. I matched any efforts smoothly but did not increase the pace. Slowly the leader who started far too hard faded and a lead group of 3 took the front. Over time the 3rd person dropped off and there was only two of us remaining as we finished lap one. I led from time to time but always kept the pace very easy and watched my rival for signs of weakness. Early on I could tell I was stronger climbing and at least even on the technical sections or descents. This particular course doesn’t have any descents of my weakest type. I skipped a bottle going through the pits as I had made a special larger two lap bottle and didn’t need anything else. Rick, my co-leader, missed his wife going through and quickly had to improvise a meetup where the course doubles back by the start/finish zone.

      As we finished up the first half of the second lap, my seatbag blew a seam and began bouncing. Since Rick was already getting a bottle near the start/finish I managed to take off the seatbag and toss it next to my car as we rolled up a climb. I didn’t think much of this but it almost cost me. The rest of lap two rolled on the same as lap one until we popped out of the second to last technical section onto a road. I instantly felt the squishy feeling of a brewing flat tire and Rick noticed too. Darn. Since I had tossed my seatbag I had a pump but no tube. Rick gave me his spare and took off as I stopped to fix it. Unfortunately I couldn’t get my bolt on rear wheel off without my seatbag so I quickly formed the only plan I could as I rolled to a stop. I slammed 100 strokes of air in the tire, found the leak, and worked my Stans into it as best I could. Eventually the darn thing sealed and I put another 50 strokes of air into the tire. It was soft but I just had to hope it held. I checked my Garmin as I rolled off again to mind the gap. There was now about 4 minutes of time to make up to Rick.

      Instantly I wanted to race toward the pits at maximum effort but I realized that was foolish. I had probably 3 hours to come back and I sensed I was strong enough to make it happen. I kept tabs on the power meter and kept the effort steady. My wife seemed concerned but I told her about the flat and the seatbag. She started keeping gaps and I was already down to the 2 minute range by halfway through lap 3 when she handed up my multi-tool. Rick was still out of sight so I kept the pace high and kept my eyes open for any sight of his bike or jersey ahead. At least I now had my multi-tool in case the tire went all the way flat. As I hit the point on the course where I flatted the previous lap the tire was still holding and I started to believe I might make it back to the front. Near the very end of the 3rd lap I started to see Rick in the distance. Now I knew for sure I was gaining on him and just kept a steady tempo. By the time I hit the pits to start lap 4 I was only 15-20 seconds down and my wife didn’t even give me a split, she just told me to go get him. Still I was patient and let him drift back easily to me. We hit the steepest rideable hill on the course and that’s where I passed him back, me riding and him walking.

      Going over the top he jumped on my wheel and I tried to stay calm. I was tired from the almost 2 lap chase but I knew I was riding stronger. Throughout lap for I would put in small bursts up the hills to see how he reacted. As we neared the end of the lap I could sense the rubber band finally breaking. I put in a big effort up a steep hike-a-bike and then jumped on to clean a technical and steep climb. I got a good gap and kept the hammer down along a fireroad and ensuing fast descent. By the time I hit the last hill to the start/finish line I had a good 30 seconds or more. My wife was happy to see me in the lead and I grabbed my last bottle. I rode steady up every climb and smooth on every downhill. With 7 miles to go, Rick closed the gap down to where he could see me again so I put in a big effort on the next climb. My legs still had plenty of gas so I was happy to see him fade back quickly. I was still nervous about the soft rear tire but it looked like I was going to make it. Up every climb I pushed the pace and down every descent I went as fast as I dared. I kept picking off lapped riders and Rick was never too close behind. I repeated my charge up the last hike-a-bike and up the road. On the last climb Rick was no where in sight and I finally relaxed. I knew even a flat could be ridden home from here. I rode a wheelie across the finish line and celebrated my first RME victory.

      Next up is the Breck 100 where I should get to compete in the series leaders jersey!

      • This topic was modified 5 years ago by AvatarPivvay.
    • #13231

      Congrats on the win and taking over the series lead! Well earned! It is great to see you getting so fast this season by sticking to the plan and doing the work. Competing in the series leaders jersey will be cool!

      Thanks for the report!


    • #13236

      What a great race recap! Your confidence shines through. Now you KNOW!

      Congrats on a great race and keeping it cool under pressure. Pivvay V2 is a force to reckon with.

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