*Race Report by Dale Chrystie*
Men’s Solo Category – 3rd Overall
Total laps: 115
Total miles: 325.0
Total riding time: 19:09
Average speed: 17.0
Calories burned (per Garmin): 20,242
Average heart rate: 117
I rode with another solo competitor, whose family provided outstanding support for us the entire ride. The plan was for “consistency” in all areas – consistent speed (17-17.5), consistent effort (NO wasted energy/efforts), and consistent calories (300/hr EVERY hour). We each wanted 300+ miles at the end. Not exactly what I would call a sexy plan, but we stuck to the plan, and it worked. We finished our 3rd century in just under 18 hours of riding time. The first time off the bike was actually 7:20am on Saturday, more than 13 hours after the start. My friend won this last year, but we knew we were going for 2nd and 3rd this year due to the prep and fitness of one other competitor who got about 30 more miles than we did. He got one lap up on me in the middle of the night when I briefly stopped, and that’s how we finished, one lap apart.
I also had outstanding support from the rest of the Marx-Bensdorf & BPC team, who were in the process of winning the men’s team event, as they flew past me both directions every few minutes at 26-30 mph. Lots of words of encouragement for me from them, and I rooted them on as well. First place was locked up and 4th place was chasing me, so with an hour or so left to go we went back out and got a final eight laps to lock up 2nd and 3rd place.
Overall, great event, great competition and great results…
BPC CAT4 and CAT5 BOTH Won the Memphis Invitational Club Championship – Team Time Trial
- CAT4 1st Place at Memphis Inventational Club Championship TTT
- BPC CAT4/5 both Won the Memphis Inventational Club Championship Team Time Trial with Kevin McGill, Dannie Medlin, Jon Vancil, Scott Vallier
Welcome aboard new members to the CAT 5 Team!
Congrats to those CAT5′s that have upgraded to Cat4′s this year…
And a BIG Congrats to Brett Shanaman…….. for moving up not only to CAT 4 but to CAT 3 all in the same year!
Marx-Bensdorf look out!
Thanks to David Desso for the photos - www.dessoincorporated.com/
Camp was held in conjunction with the Marx-Bensdorf Cycling Team in Birmingham over the February 3-5th weekend. Despite the weather forecast calling for 90% rain all three days, we really lucked out and only ran into moisture on day one. Who would had have predicted that a weather forecast would be incorrect? Best team camp weather we have had in the history of BPC Cycling.
Along with the great weather came some great riding – Birmingham boasts some pretty nasty climbs. We’re talking in excess of 20% type climbs. Climbs that you are FORCED to stand the entire way up.
Had a great showing of BPC racers, many of which tackling these climbs like they were Cat 2′s. All signs are pointing towards a rip-roaring start to the season for BPC!
Only a few more weekends before the season kicks off in Monroe, LA. New BPC members Steve Fermanich and Dale Chrystie are both planning on attending, with a few others on the fence.
First big team race will be the Crosswinds Classic that takes place on the east side of Little Rock, AR. Apparently only 137ft of climbing over the 13 mile loop. Should be a good way to find out who can sprint and who cannot.
We have started on a new website for BPC Cycling. This will give our sponsors more advertising for their dollar and give our supporters much more info on how and what we are doing. Thanks again to all those that support us!