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 Posted: Mon Jun 11th, 2012 02:03 am

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June 3, 2012

So far our time trial training has consisted of hilly 12 mile time trials, and with districts coming up in just a week (which is a flat 25 mile course) we decided we needed some flat miles.

So we headed out to Davis for the Dunlap TT (19 miles flat). Hoping our legs would recover in one week for districts from the effort. In the past it has been very close on this--6 days isn't enough but 7 seems ok. We would need to really focus on recovery in the coming week!

They run the tandems as an open category so Jeff and I were the only mixed team, the others were 2-men teams. And one was John Elgart and Jan Elspach who were the fastest tandem at Nats last year, even though they are in the 110+ category! OK, so we weren't likely to beat them. But our goal was the training for Districts and for Nats later in the summer. Yes, we recently go the news that the Tandems will all be doing 40k at Nats. No one else does more than 30K, but it's fun to watch tandems suffer, isn't it?!

For Dunlap, the weather wasn't too bad at first--I believe it was around 90 degrees when we raced in the early afternoon. And the biting gnats that get you in the parking lot seemed to be dormant this year. But it got windy as the day went on. While the early morning riders had relatively still conditions, it was about 15 mph by the time we went out. Which means 10 miles of cross headwind, and then 9 miles of cross tailwind. At least it was in that order!

Our time wasn't as good as in previous years, but we did get 2nd. We know we aren't as far advanced in our training as this time in previous years, for a number of reasons, but Nats is 1-2 months later than in the past years that we've competed there so we figure we're still on track. A lot can happen in the next 3 months, but we feel we're heading in the right direction.

And we always like going to this TT when we can. Steve Dunlap was a friend of ours, a teammate of Jeff's on the Davis Bike Club Race Team back in the 80s, who died unexpectantly of an asthma attack when he was 24. Steve was a very good time trialer, and it is great that the DBC keeps this event going after so long, even when very few of the organizers, let alone the racers, even know who Steve was.

And it was fun to see some of both of our teammates and friends there. Liz and Cammy had great rides coming in 1st and 2nd in the Masters 35+. I got to meet Lea, one of our newest members and enjoyed chatting with her. Everyone we ran into seemed in a good mood--which is pretty unusual for a time trial!

And here is our podium picture. One of the men in 3rd didn't stay for the podium, but I love being the only girl in the photo!

Bellas love beating boys!!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 11th, 2012 02:13 am

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here is liz's report from Dunlap, too




Dunlap TT 6/3/12
Masters Women
Davis, CA

Cammy and I carpooled the 2+ hours, since start times were not posted till later in the evening, we did some math to figure out likely start times, but were off by about 1 hour, so we had to recalculate departure time etc, and sighed, realizing that a 1:13 start time would put us racing in the heat and wind. Sure enough it was about 90 degrees in the shade, and the wind was coming up. Warmed up on the trainer and in a very short time my HR was up to TT pace.

The start was down a ramp that looked like a big piece of plywood, the holder (according to Yvonne) was not too good, and as I rolled down the ramp I thought I was going to go off the edge but managed to stay on the plank without problems. Whew.

First leg (this was a multiple turn fest not a traditional out and back course) into the wind, second turn, in the wind, 3rd turn in the wind...how does it do that?? Finally at mile 11 a tailwind, but it still was hot and I just couldn't keep my power up, I passed about 5 people over the course, was thankful to cross the finish, and thought, OK now I need to get home and get ready for a fancy party at a winery. The thought of wearing heels made me weak.

I was first with a time of 48:31. 2 minutes slower than last year.
Cammy was a close second.

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 Posted: Mon Jun 11th, 2012 02:15 am

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that's one good thing about tandems--they never put you on a ramp!

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 Posted: Mon Jun 11th, 2012 02:02 pm

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wow. Congrats to you both!


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