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2007 Time Trial

Here is the map for the USACycling Pro Championships Time Trial course. It would be nice to ride, but that Hwy. 11 stretch could be interesting. I’ve always wanted to just head down that road, but traffic really flies. However, the rest of the course is on typical northern Greenville County roads — which are wonderful road for cycling.

The blue line shows one of the primary route for the 2007 USACycling Pro Championships Time Trial course. Click here to expand the map. Once you have expanded the map, click on it to be able to view more detail.

The course will be 20 miles in length. It begins at the entrance of the Cliffs properties “Mountain View”. There is a very short amount of Hwy. 11 before you turn left on River Road. There isn’t another turn until you come to Old Highway 25 where the riders will turn left. Very shortly they will come up on Dividing Water Road – where the riders will take a right. Then it is a left turn back onto Hwy. 11 for a not so long section to the turn around point.

After heading back on Hwy. 11 and turning right onto North Tigerville Road/Dividing Water Road and then left on Old Highway 25, the time trial contestants will stop backtracking by turning right onto Terry Creek Road. This will take them to a short loop behind the Cliffs properties Valley: right on Mountain Summit Road, right on Glenn Hollow Road, and right on Painter Creek Road. That will bring them to the finish.

Cycling news is not just in Europe

On the day that the riders of the Tour De France were making their first short ride in the French countryside to enter Belgium (there is some beautiful scenery in Belgium!), the 2007 road race and time trial courses for the USA Pro Cycling Championships were announced here in Greenville.

The road race will begin at 1 p.m. on September 2. The route is slightly modified from the 2006 course. It’s total length is 110 miles made up of four circuits of a 22 mile main route with six shorter (just under 4 miles) loops of downtown and Cleveland Park. This means the riders will only have to cover Paris Mountain four times instead of five like they did in 2006.

Want to ride the course? Well, you start at the intersection of Broad and Main St. Right there by the Greenville News and the Peace Center. Head west for about fifty yards and take a right on River Street. Take the next right on McBee and then follow the map above down to and through Cleveland Park back to the start/finish line. You’ll need to do that loop three times before heading out on the main circuit. Ride the large route four times and then finish up with three more loops of the in town course.

This is the same route that the riders of the Palmetto Peloton will be taking this year. We are supposed to go on the course and see how many laps we can complete before the pros come out. Looks like we may only have a couple of hours to get it in. I need to find out if they plan to have us do the start and finishing loops as well. My guess is we won’t – but will stick with the primary 22 mile loop.

Well, now back to Europe… George busted up his knee yesterday in that big pile up. Hope he will be okay. He seemed more frustrated than physically hurt. Guess we’ll find out today…

Time trials and I’m in my office

The chimes in the steeple of the church across the street started ringing and I looked at the clock: 10 o’clock. The Time Trials for the USACycling Professional Championship are under way. I’d love to be out there watching them roll off, but I have too much to do here.

As I am working, I’m drinking lots of water. My plan is to get 128 ounces down by the end of the day. I want to make sure I’m plenty hydrated before riding tomorrow morning. The only problem is that it makes me have to keep running to the restroom! Well, I guess it will help clean out my system!

Though I won’t get to see the Time Trials, I do plan to catch some of the race on Sunday. I’ll probably take my bike and ride up to Paris Mountain. I’ll be sure to take my camera as well and try to get some good shots.

Cycling mania is hitting Greenville. At least you get that impression from the press. I hope it isn’t just manufactured hype. I think being a key city on the East Coast for cycling would be a very good niche for us. It would be great to see lots of people out in support.

Speaking of lots of people. The Palmetto Peloton Ride folks say they have over 400 people signed up! I think that is for all events and not just the metric century. Still, the idea that there are lots of people participating is comforting. Surely I am in better shape than at least one of them!

I think I’m almost ready

Today was a big confidence booster. I got up early on a Saturday morning in order to make it to the starting line for our planned ride. Dave was there waiting for me and Chris arrived shortly after I got there. We were rolling off shortly after 7 a.m.

I hate to say it, but I actually enjoyed starting that early. I didn’t really enjoy getting up early, but it was certainly worth it. It was cool – about 71 degrees – and the sun was just beginning to pop up above the trees. Best of all there was very little traffic.

The first lap was uneventful – except I was stupid enough to look down at my computer as we descended so I could see how fast I was going. I looked up and realized I was about to enter a curve. Thankfully, there was a road at the apex of the turn, so I hit my brakes and scooted into it.

Chris hit 50 mph coming down. I only got up to 46 mph. Maybe someday I’ll get a little faster. Either way, it was much fun. Also, I should point out that going up Altamont was much easier this time.

We made it to the finish line in about one hour and twenty-four minutes. We stopped long enough for me to eat a banana and Chris to finish his bagel. Then we were off for our second lap. Dave was going to have to leave early, so we stuck him at the point to pull us up to the base of Paris Mountain. He did a wonderful job!

We picked up .2 mph on our average. When Chris and I started up Altamont we had averaged 16 mph up to that point. Dave’s pulling really made the difference for me getting up this second climb. My heart rate had run in the 140’s for much of the run and didn’t go over 165 bpm.

The second trip over Paris Mountain was different. The final climb was awful! To make matters worse, I had taken my helmet off to climb and dropped it right before the more drastic incline. It really threw me off my rythmn. However, we did make it to the top.

On the way down, my legs just quit. Any other time I’ve gone down the mountain, I have been able to put it in the big ring and use my momentum to help me climb the slight rises that come up as you descend. Not this time, I found myself coming out of the saddle to get up some place I normally power through.

From that point on, it was survival for me. However, we made it. It was the longest ride I have ever made and it included two trips over Paris Mountain. I think I can make it on September 2nd.

Thanks Dave and Chris. Next Saturday I’m thinking about riding the metric century route – without including Paris Mountain – it should be about 55 miles or so. Want to come along? 🙂

Today’s Training Line:

Distance: 45.73 miles / Average Speed: 15.7 mph / Time: 2:53:31
Average Heart Rate: 158 bpm / Level 5: 0:58:15* / Work: 3219**

* Level 5 is the time heart beats between 165 and 183 bpm
** Comparative number to measure exertion during different sessions

Data collected by Sports Instruments ECG Pro 7 heart rate monitor and Cat Eye Astrale 8 cyclocomputer

Taking on the mountain

I did it.

I cancelled my normal Saturday morning ride with the Sunshine guys so that I could take a ride with some friends along the route for the USACycling Pro Championship coming up in September. It is listed as a 21.9 mile ride, but I must have made a bad turn here or there (which I really think I did) because I ended up with a 22.8 mile trip.

At 8 a.m. I got a call from one of the guys that I was going to ride with to let me know that they had decided to cancel the ride due to rain. It wasn’t raining at that moment but it was threatening. It was too late to catch up with the Sunshine ride (later I learned they did not ride) and I had to decide if I really wanted to do this alone. By 8:45 a.m. I figured if I was going to do anything today, I had to do it.

I rode easily up to Main St. through Cleveland Park in order to warm up. It was about a 3.7 mile ride. The USACycling Pro Championships Road Race course awaited. I rolled off onto West Broad St. and then onto Buncombe St. Then things got confusing, but somehow I ended up on Old Buncombe Rd. The next stop would be Paris Mountain.

Seven miles later I was getting ready to turn on to Altamont Rd. The ride to that point almost seems flat, but if you look behind you — or look at the elevation profile — you will see that it is a constant climb. There isn’t any coasting. Then comes the turn to begin the REAL climb.

In three miles you climb nearly 1000 feet. There is little time to catch your breath on the way up. I averaged about 8 mph on the climb. My heart rate was in the high 70s and low 80s the whole time. It seemed like it went on forever! Finally, I reached the top.

Soon after cresting the mountain, I found my heart racing — but it wasn’t from exersion, it was from fright! There is a curve that comes up right when you feel you are on your way. It is a U-turn that warns you to stay at 15 mph. They aren’t lying!

I came into the curve a little hot and realized I wasn’t going to make it with my wet tires on the wet pavement. It became obvious when my rear tire went out from under me. I corrected and then fishtailed two more times before I got the bike under control — just avoiding running into a rail fense on the other side of the road.

Due to the wet conditions, I decided not to push it as I continued down the mountain. I maxed at about 40 mph. The rest of the ride to the bottom was uneventful.

I crossed State Park Rd. and started up Piney Mountain Rd. It really isn’t a mountain — more of a hill — and after doing Paris Mountain, it was a piece of cake. Then you take a little jog to the left onto 291 and then right onto Rutherford Rd. A left puts you on North Main St. This part of the ride was a relief after all the climbing. There was a lot of downhill in this section.

You then take a right onto Park Ave. and then your next left onto Richardson St. (or is it Townes St.?) which takes you to East McBee Ave. Take a right into Cleveland Park and take the high road around the park and you are ready to head back up West Broad St. to the finish line.

How do these riders do this five times?! I really feel like I could have done it one more time — but five, I don’t think so! Either way, I’m happy I did it. I’ve now put 342 miles on the bike in three weeks and cleared a mental hurdle by climbing the mountain.

Today’s Training Line:

The statistics for today are a little off. They only represent the time I spent doing the circuit. My total mileage for the day was 35.8 miles. I had hoped to do 40, but the rain was starting to get to me and it was lunch time.

Distance: 22.80 miles / Average Speed: 15.4 mph / Time: 1:33:05
Average Heart Rate: 156 bpm / Level 5: 0:35:15* / Work: 1994**

* Level 5 is the time heart beats between 165 and 183 bpm
** Comparative number to measure exertion during different sessions

Data collected by Sports Instruments ECG Pro 7 heart rate monitor and Cat Eye Astrale 8 cyclocomputer