Lidingö MTB

Lidingö MTB 2016 – this was to be a race where I would show how much I have improved since last year. It’s unlike a road bike race in that you can’t draft. Very honest and shows all the cracks in fitness.

My last recon went well – 20 minutes faster than the equivalent recon last year.

Got to the start. Feeling good. Great weather. Fast fast start.
Last year there was an extremely fast start but I settled down after a couple of minutes. Not so this year. I was redlining it for far too long. Burning matches I probably didn’t have. Finally, after about 8 minutes of madness I said to myself “take your own pace up this hill”. I hit the steep hill, changed down on the front ring and my drivetrain disintegrated.

Back1

back2I have absolutely no idea what happened and I immediately regretted not bringing tools with me. On brief inspection it looked like it cold be fixed. I though that it may have just ‘come loose’.

When I finally got a tool and attempted to fix it I noticed there was no fixing it. The rear derailleur was twisted completely out of shape, the jockey wheel was broken, the hanger threads were sheared and the hanger itself was bent.  As they said in ‘lock stock and two smoking barrels’ it was “proper fucked”.

Lessons learned? None. This happens.

I managed to get out for a run later in the evening… it’s been on the back burner for quite some time now. So that’s good that I managed to do that.

 

Knivsta vs Fiskartorpet

Had you asked me I would have said that Fiskartorpet GP was much easier than Knivsta GP. The CP curve below tells a different story.

FiskartorpetCPC

Fiskartorpet CP curve above shows much higher intensities also a bigger area under the curve.

KnivstaCPC

Knivsta, which felt much more intense doesn’t look as hard. Lower top end.

This tells me that the time in Z5 is what is killing me. Top end seems to be ok.

More thinking required.

 

Fiskartorpet GP – Race #2 2016

I entered the B-Class race tonight… that’s pretty much where I belong! All went well. No problems, never thought I’d get dropped and I even had a couple of attacks off the front.  A few times I got stick up the front for quite some time and nobody wanted to come around me – driveing miss Daisy pace.

I was very well positioned on the last lap, half way around there was a mini attack which I also was a part of. Then an Ängby CC rider came past me and I decided that this was the wheel to follow. All excellent decisions.

Next thing I know Ängby CC guy darts off to the left onto the gravel and gets in front of the bunch. I wasn’t going on the gravel so I had to think of what to do. Thinking took too long and I ended up in no mans land. Further brain farts left me coming around the final corner in the wrong gear. This stopped me from gaining any additional places and actually assisted a rider to come by me on the line.

So tactics, smarts and experience cost me big today.

As it happened, my gut to follow the Ängby CC guy was correct – he won.

I came in 8th – 59 points in Stockholm cup.

 

Lidingö Recon

IMG_8727Did the whole course today and felt pretty good doing so. Also, it was my first ride in shorts this year. It felt great!

I did the same recon last year and it took me 20 minutes longer – does this mean that I can expect to finish the race 20 minutes quicker this year?

I think not.

The goal is still: Top 50 / Sub 2:30:00

The confidence level is low-moderate

The realistic finish time is 2:33:30 – Which I suppose would do… which would be 6 minutes quicker than last year.