February 20, 2010 § 3 Comments
I have a hard time wrapping my head around time trial results.
We have raced the Berkeley Hills Team Time Trial four times — in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Each year there have been differences, in our equipment, in our fitness, in the weather. Overall, though, you’d think that your time and your placing would be inversely related, yes? As time decreases, placing increases. Well…
February 20, 2005 – 56:24.8 – 11th place of 18
[This is the year I got a front flat in the last 20m or so of Papa Bear, and rode the last descent on my rim and white knuckled.]
March 9, 2008 – 49:51.8 – 11th place of 24
[One of us having a dedicated time-trial bike resulted in a nearly six-minute improvement in our time and…exactly the same placing?!?]
March 7, 2009 – 49:53.8 – 9th place of 28
[With both of us on road bikes (our areo equipment was one helmet (mine), one set of aerobars (his) and a pair of shoe covers), our time decreased by two seconds but we bettered our result by two spots.]
February 20, 2010 – 50:05 – 6th place of ? (19 teams pregistered)
[Still recovering from food poisoning on Monday & Tuesday, we added 16 seconds to our time from last year but jumped pretty far in the standings.]
This is why I like crits – they’re so straightforward!