Forest Park Criterium

Posted on 9:07 AM by Schottler

Nothing too exciting to say about this race. Butthead, ProPam, Mike and I went out for an easy 80 mile ride Saturday, something I usually don't do the day before a race. But, it is just training, I wasn't expecting anything out of the Sunday crit. I went in with the same goal as Froze Toes, get some good intensity.

My stupid GPS took me off the wrong exit to the race, which had my blindly driving through Forest Park (never been around there before) through a shit ton of traffic. I got way turned around and lost, so I just told the thing to take me to Big Shark and I could find the race from there. I showed up 20 minutes before the start, with no time to warmup.

The race started fast, really fast. I tried to put in some big efforts at the beginning to get my legs opened up, then sit in for a lap or two to cool down, which would usually get me ready to go. At some point, while I had no idea what I was doing or what was going on, a break got away. The main pack kept surging and attacking, blowing everyone apart, eventually dropping a large amount of the field. I spent a lot of time on the front chasing down attacks, pulling, and attacking. We were riding hard, but not working together, at all. I ended up feeling really good towards the end, I could chase down attacks and be recovered in just a few seconds and do it again and again. The last lap I got a lead out from a teammate for the sprint, however I didn't have much left in the tank and couldn't get around him, which allowed Larry Simonson (CBC) to get by me right at the line, putting me in 11th. Not happy with the result, but pleased with the workout. Average power (not normalized) for the race (80 minutes) was 315 watts, nothing super exciting, but still good.

Thanks again to Elizabeth Rangel for more pictures!

If I have learned anything from the last few road races/crits I've done, it's to start paying attention to what's unfolding at the front. Here is some Garmin/Power data stuff.
Road-Forest Park Criterium by jcschottler at Garmin Connect - Details

USAC Pro UET #1 - Spa City 6 Hour

Posted on 5:48 PM by Schottler

Green Beans and I drove down to Hot Springs Arkansas for the first round of the USAC Pro Ultra-Endurance Tour (UET). It's a 6 hour race on pure, awesome, dry, and super flowy single track, 10 mile laps. After a delicious breakfast at The Pancake Shop, it was time to get going.

A little over 160 people were there to race, of all skill ranges. Some strong riders were there, including Manuel Prado of Sho-Air Specialized, the Costa Rica national champion.

It was a Le Mans start with an initial extended lap on the road up a small climb to break up the field. I was right at the front when Prado rode by and I hopped on his wheel and we went 1-2 into the single track. After the first climb we were riding away from everyone else and continued to add to the lead, quickly. We rode together the whole first lap and I got to learn the secret lines of the course.

Going into lap 2 Manny told me to take the lead, I was somewhat hesitant, considering this was the 2nd time I have ridden single track since October. But I took the lead and pulled through the whole 2nd lap. Our first 2 laps were smoking fast, it was an awesome experience being able to ride with him. I was comfortable with the pace, but 6 hours is a long time... and this was my 2nd ever 6 hour race.

Lap 3 Manny took the lead again and we continued flying. About half way through the lap (a little over 2 hours in) I bobbled an uphill switchback and had to unclip. It appeared that Manny attacked and I was in chase mode, and not closing the gap. At this point I found a hard effort I was comfortable with and that I knew I could hold. Coming through into lap 4 I was told I was 30 seconds back.

Chase, chase, chase. I wasn't making up much time. My goal at this point was to ride fast, not cramp, and finish the race strong. Coming in the next laps of the race, Manny's support crew started helping me out, doing bottle and food hand-ups, which I REALLY appreciated, awesome sportsmanship!

Lap 5 a bystander told me I was only a minute back, that didn't seem right, I was sure Manny was WAY ahead of me. At this point I was having trouble keeping food down, felt like vomiting, and was getting a headache. This feeling stayed the rest of the race, I was pretty much in la-la land. My lap times were slowing down and I was just getting worried of being caught by 3rd place.

Lap 6 sucked, I ate half a banana and felt sick, so I quit eating and just continued to down water. Lap 7 was the last lap and I was super relieved everything has gone relatively smoothly with no cramps or other pains, so I was able to try to put in a fast final lap.

I finished 67.4 miles of pure singletrack in 5:55. Manny finished in 5:51. I was sure he was at least 15 minute ahead of me, I had no idea it was that close. Super strong ride on his part, it was an amazing experience to get to race wheel to wheel with him for that long. I ended up finishing about 20 minutes ahead of 3rd. Motivation level is through the roof. Here is the Garmin data, average heart rate of 166 with it lowering lap after lap, a good indication of fatigue. I would have probably died with an 8th lap.
MTB-Spa City 6 Hour by jcschottler at Garmin Connect - Details

I am currently 2nd in the 4 race series. The next is Firecracker 50 over the 4th of July in Breckenridge, and way sold out. I need to get in to do it, for the 4th year in a row. But, a new goal for my year is to finish the USAC Pro UET series top 10 overall.

Manuel Prado and myself:

Unorganized podium shot:

Awards + a nice payout:

I got 5 hours of sleep Saturday night after the drive back and tried to help Junior in the Mizzou TTT Sunday morning. It hurt, bad. I had no sustained power, it was 320 watts for 30 minutes, not where it should be. But, that was expected. Time to eat and sleep.

Mountain Bikes!

Posted on 2:50 PM by Schottler

Finally, I was able to ride some single track. First time since the Berryman Epic in October. I went to KC for the short track race to get some time on the new bike and remember how to turn it. Not many people showed up, only 6. I think the heavy rain the the day before and 21 degree low that morning kept people on the couch. Oh well, it's still practice. I was surprised to find out how most of the trails were dry. The course was still pretty fun, mainly in the grass and on a little bit of trail. The race was 30 minutes long and I added another 1.5 hours of riding around and rolling through the woods. Thanks to Elizabeth Rangel for taking more pictures.

This is the first time I have ridden Swope Park in like 15 years, the trails are incredible! They have been putting a huge amount if time into them, and it shows. Everyone should get out there to try them out, I think when it is finished it will be 50 miles of single track. Pretty much everything I rode was awesome.

Dan Miller, Nate Means, and I got out for 5.5 hours of gravel on Sunday, Claysville to Gravel Grumble, my favorite roads in the area. I ended up doing 80 miles on the mountain bike with no issues, it feels great.

The Spa City 6 hour is Saturday in Hot Springs, AR, and the weather looks perfect. Nate Means will be joining me on the road trip, should be fun. I am still sort of worried about racing 6 hours, hoping to not self destruct 4 hours in, but if that happens then oh well, it's March. Still trying to decide to also head down to STL Sunday for the first local race, or help out Junior in the Mizzou TTT in Columbia. All depends how I am feeling the day after the race.

Also, this Garmin 800 with Garmin Connect is incredible. So much data to entertain myself with! Also being able to record all of my rides on a calender that I can access anywhere is very helpful, super simple to track all rides/miles/hours on a week or monthly basis. Here is the 5.5 hour ride:

Storm Trooper

Posted on 5:18 PM by Schottler

The new bike has arrived.

2011 Cannondale Flash 29er Carbon 1.

I swapped all the 10 speed Sram XO for XX and put on some Ergon GX1 grips. Sub 20 pounds w/out pedals. It is money.

HUGE thanks to Mike at Big Shark and Courtney at Cannondale for the opportunity to help me out and get this so quickly!

My favorite thing here is the new hydraulic lockout for the lefty, never have to take the hands off the grip. Trying out the new Garmin Edge 800, it is awesome! The Joule 2.0 I was using for my power meter has some pretty irritating issues. This is much cleaner, smoother, simple, and provides more things to entertain me with.

It has some pretty smart upgrades from last year. The threaded insert for the front wheel has increased diameter, there's a plastic layer over the lower part of the downtube for rock impacts, the carbon has been upgraded with the UHM "ballistic" carbon which is supposed to be more resistant to impact, a chain stay protector that doesn't fall of once a chain hits it, and it has a better looking lighter weight stem.

All it needs now is have the stem lowered and front brake bled.

There's a STXC race in KC on Saturday I will be doing, I am not sure what the turnout will be, it's a free race with no money and no license required. I am really doing it just to get some time on the mtb and get familiar with it again, since I haven't ridden a trail since the berryman.