The 20th annual P-A is in the books.  Great weather for the event this year, 2,200 riders, nice tailwind, lots of mud!  I saw many BCC riders on the course which was great!  I had a bit of a mechanical challenge (front brake partly on the whole way, just what you want!) but still had a good time out there on the gravel.  Race was well organized as usual and quick with winning times sub 1:45.  I was impressed by the bike handling skills of the cyclocross racers as they flew through ankle deep mud in some sections and dropped us mountain bikers pretty hard on the flats.  You'd be in a train doing 29km/ rand get passed by a cyclocross train going ~ 33-35 often led by woman!  Could be time to add to the bike collection for next year...  ;D

Anyway, great to see other club members out there, all of whom seemed to have had a good day.  Jeff, you beat me by a minute - congrats buddy and keep your head up for next year!

Cheers,

Scott

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Comment by Jeff N on April 15, 2013 at 11:01am

thanks Scott, it was nice to see lots of BCC'rs at the race.  Me, Scott, Chris, Charles (on a road bike!), Patryk, Brooke, Tatiana, Jason R, Jake, Jason Zhu, Alex S, Paul M, John Riddel, Clark  - sorry if I missed anyone.

Chris and I connected at the start with 40min to go and did a warmup ride.   10minutes to go, take off the jacket and drop my bag off at the bag shuttle, get into the corrals and wait.  Typical start line, look around, size up the people around you, wonder if the people squishing in around you are going to be sketchy.   Final count down and GO!  I got into the VIP section as paid the extra to support the velodrome and so got the opportunity to start in the first group.  We were a mix of the super fast Elites, and people like me.  On GO the group WENT, speed ramping up, jockey for position, ride past the slower ones, get passed by a few, out of the the start corral onto a road section, up a little hill, GREAT I am still in a quick group, the speed is ramping up, turn right from pavement onto gravel, speed up to 35, watch out for pot holes and bottles, turn right, go a km, turn right 8 or so km on a rail trail of crushed limestone, still going fast.  I am thrilled at going fast but expect this is unsustainable so early in the riding season.  Make it to the next turn with the group, a steep, rocky, hike a bike section of 50m or so.  Off the bike, up to the top, back on the bike and into single track.  The group was all strung out by the rocky ascent, and was pretty much single file with lots of gaps.  My pace slowed to allow some recovery, still going pretty well, first mud sections will happen soon.  Well, the mud is MUD, deep energy sucking, fatigue inducing MUD, I felt like it was riding thru glue.  Not sure if I can blame tire pressure, more likely need to loose 50lbs.  As it is, I was really slow in the mud.  Blows to the ego as I get passed in the mud sections, boosts as I pass people on the road.  Most of this ride after the first 15km was on my own.   Gotta train more, so that I can stay in touch in the mud sections, then have fast people to ride with during the road sections.

The lead in to the finish is downhill, turn right onto the final section.  It's a park road which crosses streams, a short hill, a flat section, start up then, to hurdle a big fallen tree, now it gets steep, probably 18 to 20% and a great accomplishment to actually climb.   Youch, leg cramp set in after hurdling the tree, had to walk part way to stretch it out.

A pretty good day, no lofty goals, ride the mud sections, go fast on the road, and climb the final hill. To quote Meatloaf "2 out of 3 ain't bad".   

Jeff

 

Comment by Paul van Dongen on April 15, 2013 at 10:37pm

All sounds like a great laugh. I had every intention of signing up this year, but by the time I did, only Wave 4 was available, so I bailed. Next year, I'm joining Jeff VIP style! (well, at the start anyway…not sure I could stay with him…)

Comment by Clark Seadon on April 20, 2013 at 12:24am
As always P2A is my favorite event. Such a challenge. Some really good BCC times there. And that grassy muddy field its like kryptonite on the legs till you are through it. Yes, definitely go for the VIP package, comes with a beer after, and gave Jon and I a chance to chat with Tara Whitten who won bronze for Canada at London Olympics. See you all there next year. Clark

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