TransRockies 2012 -- Day 1 -- Fernie Time Trial

Well I am humbled.  Having ridden single mountain track in Chamonix, Zermatt, Whistler, Colorado and Mt. Tremblant, I thought that I had encountered tough climbs before, but Fernie has some of the most technical climbs (and descents) that I have encountered anywhere.  What differentiates it?  Roots.  They are everywhere.  They almost seem to jump out at you, especially around switchbacks.  Anyway, in keeping with TransRockies tradition, today’s stage was a time trail to basically “set the field” for the rest of the week.  Everyone was self-seeded in one minute intervals with the pairs departing together.  The start was in the middle of the town.  I elected to start “mid-field” and moved out well with my I-am-riding-this-for-the-first-time tactic in mind that I was going to “ride” the course and not race it.  Once the first rider passed me after 15 minutes along a first climb up a power line however, I had to supress the urge to chase him, and maintained my steady pace.  The course quickly changed to an unrelently single-track ascent complete with more switch-backs than L’Alpe d’Huez (which I have also climbed on a road bike – but this was way different).  I was off my bike a few times because of the steep and to just to adjust to the altitude (first summit at 1,579m from a start altitude of 1,002m).  A very fast, and root covered downhill descent for 2km was followed by another short climb and downhill, before checkpoint #1.   Three more climbs and descents each increasing in size followed through to checkpoint #2, finally ending in a winding downhill to the edge of Fernie then to the centre of town for the finish.  With all my stops to fix a seat that kept slipping forward and a search for my Garmin that fell off in the downhill (was not successful – fortunately I have my Polar watch as a back-up) my riding time ended up as 3:35 at an average speed of 9.1km/h, with a total time of 4:09 which put me at the back of the +40 category (there is only an Open or +40 category).  I asked about a +50 category, but since there are only five other riders over 50, we are all bundled with the group apparently.  Oh, today was also my 54th birthday – one that I will remember.  On to Day 2!

 

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Comment by DY on July 28, 2012 at 11:29pm

Happy Birthday Gord!  What a humbling ride indeed!  Keep up the "non-race" attitude!

Comment by qb on July 29, 2012 at 8:10pm

great work Gord, give em hell on day 2!

 

Comment by Jeff N on July 30, 2012 at 9:58am

What we do for fun! 

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