Round 3 of the Alberta Cup went this past Saturday at Canada Olympic Park as the Deadgoats hosted the Summer Solstice Race (traditionally this race has been held mid to late June – thus the name). Once again the Elite Men’s field had quite the firepower with the likes of Lega, Gabor, Bunnin, Stappler, Vine, et al. lined up ready to pin it.
Gabor, myself, & the rest of the Elite Men on the line.
Another good start for me as I settled into a top 3 position for the first half lap. Going into the race blind (not pre-riding) I wanted to set on a couple of wheels in order to stay on course…but of course, when the legs feel good you want to open it up and I took up the lead mid way thru the opening lap. Unfortunately, this didn’t go to plan as Ise rode slightly off course. Only Stappler went by me, but I was a little bit flustered and burned a bit of energy getting back on course. On the next headwind climb (there were multiple headwind climbing sections!) Bunnin attacked the group and only Stappler could respond. I settled into a battle for 3rd through 5th, with Gabor & Vine.
Weapon of Choice for COP – Note the Pink Grips in Honor of Ryder
The course at COP was full of tight tree lined turns, and on one said turn in particular I leaned it over a wee too much and snagged my skinsuit on my shoulder and sredded it, and my baselayer underneath wide open. ARRHH!
My second of 5 laps was my worst, I feel like I lost my focus and was not riding ‘smooth like Lega’, plus I was slightly annoyed at my tattered race kit, but luckily I was able to get into the groove, recover from the opening lap effort and settle into a nice pace.
Me leading Mike Vine thru the feedzone
After Gabor decided he didn’t want to race Vine & I for 3rd, dropping us in his pursuit of Stappler in 2nd, Mike and I battled it out for a couple of laps. Eventually, I caught Vine near the end of the penultimate lap and pulled away on the last loop to solidify my 4th place on the day.
At the finish
Considering the fact that I was hit by a car this past Wednesday, I’m quite happy with my 4th, just off the podium. I’m glad I was able to recompose myself after a poor 2nd lap, and I stayed strong for the rest of the race.
It was my first bike meet aboard my Superfly, and it felt great once I got the feel of it. 22.3lbs with a power meter is especially nice on the climbs. Speaking of powermeters, I have the Power2Max system mounted to a Rotor 3D crank that I am testing. So far I’m really impressed. It was super easy to set up and seems to work quite well without much of a weight penalty. Here is my data from the race:
Next week I’ll be sitting out the Kananaskis Kicker as the Edmonton Corporate Challenge is on Saturday (which I’m helping Kirk organize) so the next time I line up will be in two weeks time at the Iron Maiden in Canmore…can’t wait.
See you on the trails!