So you think you can dance?
I had a powertapSL built up a couple weeks ago on a nice light tubular rim and finally got a course ok to race it. It's a very light wheel at 750g so definitely race worthy. I wanted to race it in Ohio two weeks ago but got scared. This weekend the course was ok to ride it where I didn't feel it to be a disadvantage. Usually I am not into talking to much tech on here but rather than give another race recap I thought those of you out there training with power might find it interesting to see what you need to finish top 5 at a USGP of cyclocross. I found it very interesting. I finished 5th both days.
Saturday's course was probably about average pedaling for a US cross race, Sunday's course had a lot more turning and the pedaling sections weren't as long but I only rode the wheel Saturday. I think it will give a pretty good picture of what it takes to race at the top level of the sport.
I was surprised somewhat to see only a 270 watt average and a 295 watt normalized power. But, powertap also said I spent over 10 minutes at ZERO watts, so that is 1/6 of the race not pedaling. That is pretty huge. Powertap also said I had 35 surges over zone 10 - that is massive. I don't think there are too many kinds of races where you doing 1200watts that many times in an hour. Warming up I hit 1345 watts on steep run up that I was riding, I don't think I've ever seen a number like that before on a powertap but it's amazing what those little 5-10 pedal strokes can hit sometimes.