Read about my attempt here, in my previous blog entry.
I placed 302 out of 507 total riders
In my age division I was 13 out of 34, with 1:15:34
The fastest overall guy was Nathaniel English with 44:24
The fastest woman was Flavia Oliveira with 49:45
The fastest guy in my age division was Jim Fox with 1:00:44
I've also had a few more thoughts and items to post after my last entry.
Overkill things I did to get my bike ready
I installed lightweight latex tubes. I think I can feel a smoother ride, but it may just be placebo effect in action.
I took off my extra water bottle and cage
I took off my pump and small seat bag. I kept them in my backpack, so the only danger was flatting on the way up, which would have wrecked my day anyway.
I don't know if it mattered, but I did notice my bike felt lighter, and just as importantly, looked totally cool.
After my post on the ride I couldn't stop thinking about it, I have...
Stupid post ride questions
So, I managed 1:15. What would it take to hit an hour?
I can imagine two ways.
1: Less weight. I got my weight down to 139, and took stuff off my bike. How much weight would I have to drop to make the hour? Even if it isn't possible, there must be a number.
2. More power. How many more watts would I need to produce? I hit a 193 average for the entire ride. How many more watts to break an hour?
I'll bet there's a calculator somewhere...
3261 feet of climbing
140 pound rider
18 pound bike
To reduce time by 15:36 one would (fill in blank)
I don't actually think this is possible, it's just a theoretical question...
So, in search of truth and justice, I posted my questions in the Road Section of Bikeforumes.net right here. It's an good thread.
I got amazingly well thought out answers, especially considering the well known snark factor in the forum.
It looks like the answer is somewhere around 256 watts using coastsci.org/Power/ClimbCalc. and staying at my current weight.
Or I can get my weight down to 103 pounds...
I don't see either being possible, but it's fun to dream.