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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Team Bent Up Cycles RAAM 2010 Bike Plan

OK, since there have been some interest and questions about his.....

Each rider will bring 2 bikes. The first will be fitted with a rear disc wheel or wheel covers, and an aero (40-60mm deep) front wheel. The second bike is for nasty winds and in case the primary has a mechanical problem. The secondary bike has an aero section (50-90mm deep) rear wheel and a something 32mm or less deep in the front. We were also shooting for an all 700c team, to make all the wheels interchangeable, until The Stick came along. He needs a stiffer wheel for the huge amounts of power he generates, so he is on 650c wheels. ;-)

Now for the bikes:

Willie Hunt
Primary: Carbent Raven Pro (700c)
Secondary: JVs Corsa Alta 700c (or his own 650c Corsa if he doesn't like the 700c) with VeloKraft Carbon Seat

Dana Lieberman
Primary: Carbent Raven Pro (700c)
Secondary: Carbent Raven Pro (700c)

The Stick
Primary: Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2.0 650c with Bacchetta Carbon Seat
Secondary:  Bacchetta Corsa (650c)  with Bacchetta Carbon Seat

Jim Verheul
Primary: Bacchetta Carbon Aero 2.0 700c with Bacchetta Euromesh II seat.
Secondary: Carbent Raven Pro (700c) with dual layer seat pad.


Each rider also brings one additional set of spare wheels. 

Interestingly it will be a 50/50 mix of Bacchettas and Carbents.

All the bikes have powermeters for pacing, and for pull length tweaking based on power to weight ratio for the current shift. 3 of us have Powertap hubs on all of our wheels. Quarq has just shipped The Stick a Cinqo prototype that they believe can handle all his power. If its like the last one he tried, we will know very shortly.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Tour of California Final Stage (8) is my Tuesday night training ride!!

...but we only do it once or twice. They have to do it 4 times!!

ToC web site.
Stage Map

...and some of the local Amgen riders did a video too:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqRx44wr63Q

Here is guide to the video:

The lake you see at about 00:06, with the heavily populated island, isWestlake. The shot before that, and many after are looking south into the Santa Monica Mountains from the Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village area.

The rider in the short sleeves is Gustavo Corona. He is a very strong climber, but I did lap the feild at the Thursday night crit with him once. He can get his head very low.

The other guy is usually someone I don't know, but in a few shots its Bruce Gustafson. Bruce comes out for the Tuesday night ride too sometimes. He dances by me on the climb, with 40 more watts at threshold, and at least 20 pounds less.

1:39: I used to teach classes in one of the buildings on the lower right.

1:49: We usually take the little detour on Lake Vista Drive, by Malibu Lake. Less traffic.

1:56: The Rock Store Cafe is where all the motorcyclists hang out on the weekends. 

2:01: They have a police officer with them, who at this point is presumably in front of them blocking traffic, as the rock face makes for a very blind turn.

2:05: The fork in the road is where Mulholland Highway, which the riders will come up, splits from Upper Encinal Canyon. When there is enough daylight after work, a lot of us add Upper Encinal to the loop.

2:20: That is the Decker Canyon descent into Westlake. If you want to see a riders eye view of the whole descent click here.

The course is interesting, in that its got a lot of twisty technical climbing, and descending. The Decker descent corners are tight even by Pro standards, and when you add in the off camber stuff and undulations, well lets hope nobody biffs it. The field will likely split up more times than it comes together on this course. Don't look for a big field sprint, it will be a smaller group.

I wonder if I can take a run down the descent with full road closure? ;-)