From the site... The DA4 is the most affordable of the DA TT/Tri line, and comes out of the same mold as the premier DA1. Incorporating UHC Advanced carbon fiber construction and the same frame shape and Bayonet 3 fork used in the other DA models, the DA4 delivers top-notch performance on race day. Dura Ace derailleurs,...
Frame: Felt TT/Tri UHC Advanced MMC carbon fiber w/ 3KP weave, InsideOut internal molding process, Di2 & mechanical internal cable routing, carbon fiber dropout w/ aluminum rear derailleur hanger
Fork: Felt Bayonet3 UHC Advanced MMC carbon fiber monocoque w/ 3KP weave, 1 piece carbon blades, dropouts, crown & external steerer w/ Felt 19mm ACB compression device
Headset: Felt Bayonet3 stainless steel 19mm integrated ACB
Stem: Felt Bayonet3 integrated 2D forged & CNC machined aluminum
Handlebar: Felt Bayonet bar w/ internal cable routing, integrated adjustable length ƒ bend tri-position extensions
Grips: Devox Tri-tip ergonomic base bar grip w/ Felt Gel Velvet tape wrapped extensions
Shifters: Vision Metron Shimano 7900 compatible bar end
Front Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace braze-on
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Dura-Ace
Crankset: Vision TriMax aluminum compact TT BB30, 52/38T; 51cm=170mm, 54cm=172.5mm, 56cm-58cm=175mm
Chainwheel: 52T/38T <---- Want to change this next year.
Bottom Bracket: FSA BB30
Chain: FSA Team Issue CN-910 w/ 1 piece Connector
Freewheel: Shimano 11-25T
Brake Levers: TRP aero aluminum
Brakes: Felt integrated aerodynamic front U-brake & rear linerar pull w/ cartridge brake pads
Cables: Felt Slick brake & derailleur
Saddle: Felt SL Tri/TT w/ carbon injected base, gel nose, custom waterproof cover w/ extended length Cr-Mo rails
Seat Post: Felt Aero UHC Ultimate carbon fiber bladed monocoque x 350mm
Seat Post Clamp: Aero 3D forged aluminum, 1 x 6mm x 1mm stainless steel bolt
Rims: Felt TTR3 aluminum clincher 38mm deep 24H front, 28H rear
Front Hub: Felt TTR1 24H w/ low friction Japanese bearings & light weight Felt quick release
Rear Hub: Felt TTR3 low friction sealed bearing CNC machined 7075 aluminum axle 28H w/ aluminum 10 speed Shimano compatible freehub body & light weight Felt quick release
Spokes: Stainless steel bladed, butted 2.0/0.9 x 2.3/1.8mm laced radial front, 2x rear w/ aluminum nipples
Tires: Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Slick, 700c x 23c
Yes, it's not a "race", no one pushes it, it's a leisurely ride for all 5,500 participants, and i have a bridge for sale that is perfect for you.
I took a closer look at my times for the 110 mile day 1 for both 2011 and 2012.
My moving time this year was 22 seconds slower then last year. That alone is crazy. But it get's crazier. If you zoom in on both finishes my ride from this year included about 2 football fields of walking after the finish. I'm not sure if the walking distance played any part in moving time. The more i think about it; without hacking the gps file, the auto pause doesn't kick into until 3 mph, which i don't believe we broke. Either way, the margin of error with all the rest stops is crazy.
|PMC - Day 1
|Distance:||109.78 mi||110.03 mi||0.25|
|Avg Speed:||20.6 mph||20.6 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||3,911 ft||4,931 ft|
|Calories:||3,402 C||9,401 C|
|Avg Temperature:||78.2 °F||82.0 °F|
|At rest stops:||1:09:37||1:49:33||0:39:56|
|Avg Speed:||20.6 mph||20.6 mph|
|Avg Moving Speed:||20.6 mph||20.6 mph|
|Max Speed:||52.7 mph||51.2 mph|
|Elevation Gain:||3,911 ft||4,931 ft|
|Elevation Loss:||4,498 ft||5,705 ft|
|Min Elevation:||-88 ft||-108 ft|
|Max Elevation:||819 ft||997 ft|
|Avg Bike Cadence:||82 rpm||79 rpm||3|
|Max Bike Cadence:||135 rpm||136 rpm|
|Avg Temperature:||78.2 °F||82.0 °F|
|Min Temperature:||71.6 °F||69.8 °F|
|Max Temperature:||91.4 °F||105.8 °F||HOT!|
More of a ride report to follow. This was just something i had to capture in a blog entry.
UPDATE: 9:31 AM 9/6/2012, this is still my favorite commercial.
Whether or not you win this thing, you've got to decide how
you're gonna walk out of here when it's all said and done.
...because the game is going to go on.
...and there's only one rule you're going to need to know about:
"There are no second chances"
There's only this moment and the next moment.
Every one of those moments is a test that you get to take ONE time and ONLY one time.
So, if you see an opening, tear into it!
If you get a shot at victory, make DAMN sure you take it.
SEIZE that moment!
That moment is a crossroads where everything you want
will collide with everything standing in your way.
You've got momentum at your back.
Fear and doubt are thundering like a
freight-train straight at you.
...and all you've got --
...the only difference between making history and BEING history
the only thing -- the ONLY thing you can count on at any given moment is YOU!
It's you versus "them"
... you versus "no"
... you versus "can't"
... you versus "next year", "last year", "statistics", "excuses"
It's you versus "history"
... you versus "the odds"
It's you versus "second place"
The clock is ticking.
Let see what you've got.
Some background. This is my single most favorite issue of my single most favorite magazine. Beyond that, this issue is a symbol of the start of Spring and the start of the cycling season here in the Northeastern USA.
The annual Saturday morning ritual is this, a strong pot of coffee and this issue. I go over it with a fine tooth comb. I was done with this years issue on the first cup.
My complaints are simple. The cover states 156 "Reviews", in reality it's about 17 reviews across the 11 groups. The difference is a one sentence "also consider" with a mention to visit the IPAD edition for more info. Second, no TT/Tri category, really? I'm actually in the market for a Tri Rig and was expecting to see expert insight like i have in years past. Nothing.
It turns out I've done this in the past, used visualization to plot my performance before a race, but only informally. What I've never done is use it purposely before the event or just as important during the event.
After a conversation with a coworker that's used it in the past i figured id try it for an event i did this past weekend. I spent about 5 solid minutes, not too much time; visualizing my effort all the way through. I knew the course so it made it easier, I'll have to test this on unknown effort in the future.
Next, the performance itself. I had a stretch goal of riding the first 100 miles of a 110 mile ride in under 5 hours. This goal was on the line at mile 90, my average speed read 20.0 and I was racing to make sure it didn't dip. I stayed focused on how i would feel when the odometer turned over to 100 miles, actually visualized myself raising my arms in victory and rehearsing what i would scream out.
It was working so well that before i got to the 95 mile mark the avg. moved up to 20.1 giving me some much needed insurance and then 5 miles later success where I lifted my arms yelled out something ridiculous for others to hear and all in the world was in harmony.
Results may vary, see dealer for details.
Help is out there and it can be done in the comfort of your own home with the help of a close friend.
This online fit calculator seems to to be the best out there and has helped many a friend; including myself get a perfect sized bike.
Last note, when you get that ideal bike you want to nail all the measurements, not just frame size but also, crank arm length, handle bar width and stem length. The more you can match the less you'll after to upgrade when you find your bike is uncomfortable.
Ever year around this time it's the same thing. My training is at it's peak, the heat fuels my every workout and I want to compete, or just apply the work I've been doing, OK compete. This usually entails hours upon hours of looking over the races in the area, and I'm picky, too picky. This race seemed to be perfect. Every time i thought about it, butterflies in the stomach. It was a low overhead event, go there pay and race kind of thing. It was a 11.3 time trial put on by a local cycling club and seemed very informal which is exactly what I needed to cut my teeth on.
I've known about this TT for years now, however it always conflicted with the Wednesday group ride i do in Newburyport. Since I've been doing so may of those i figured one night off wouldn't hurt.
I was on the fence until the last minute. The day before the race, to help along the decision, I want out for a quick ride and wanted to see what my times would be so i could compare them to the results of the last TT race. The ride went well, putting me somewhere in the middle for my age group. However we all know that you can never reproduce the conditions of actually doing the race so a loose measure. So there is only one way to know.
Yancy Lent Self test: Mile 7 pace, 22.9, Mile 11 pace 22.0, Mile 16.7 pace 21.8. I was considering doing my first race tomorrow (time trial) but this got that out of my system; for now. Tuesday at 9:27pm
Even on the drive there i was hesitant, thunderstorms, raining, wondering if i exhausted all my energy the night before, did i get enough sleep, was I wasting money, blah, blah, blah. Or maybe i could do a drive by, wimp. I pulled in the parking lot and it looked like it was on. A long line of cars, at one point 3 people within 7 cars putting air in their high end time trial rigs. I was home.
I've recently learned something deep with regards to hobbies. No matter what hobby you are into, look at those you consider the most extreme in that hobby and if you aspire to emulate them, your home.
So slightly overwhelmed with the body types, rigs, teardrop helmets, it actually had a calming effect. I was able to relax and just do my race, i wasn't here to compete with them, just do the best i could and make sure i wasn't last.
I went to the reg table, all 210 pounds of me; down from 220 in winter, and told them "im totally new". They asked if going in the beginning was OK, sure, get it over with early, they put me in position 8. I asked two questions, when would i start and what do the markers on the road look like? It was 5:38, my start time was 6:04. Given my single greatest fear was taking a wrong turn I studied the map and even road for a couple miles to see the first turn... no marker. Either way I'd manage.
It was good to get out for a little bit to turn over the legs and get some fluids in. This may have been my first _road_ bike race but I've done, but I have done tons of road races, they're all basically the same, you stress then everything just pans out. This would be no different. When i got back to the starting line, i was ready.
We lined up by number and went every :30 seconds. Two concerns, start my bike computer as close as possible and clip in fast, to the correct gear. I did notice my wife's friend and riding partner starting 2 or 3 places in font of me. All my other goals went away, I had someone to pass.
I got to the starting line and waited for a very fast 30 seconds and was off. I tried my best to just relax and keep a steady 26 mph. It was all about the breathing, I knew i would go anaerobic it's just a matter of when so pushing that out was key. There were some small rolling hills. I only got off my seat twice in order to not push it. The roads were perfect and at about mile 5 I passed the guy in front of me. Then another mile or so later, Johanna's friend; couldn't for the life of me remember her name, i blame nerves. At about this point another person was in view, the roads were long. I tried to catch her but never did and in the process got passed by the guy behind me. If you saw the two of us together you never guess that, even though he finished a little bit on front of my, i ended up beating him. He was tricked out, tri bike, full body suite, tear drop helmet and the body of a tour rider, it feed my deflated ego. The three of us finished with about a football field of each other with those two together and me behind.
I was happy with my pace of 23.4 but never thought to look at my time, for me 23.4 is way more telling of the effort then the number of minutes it took to do 11.3 miles. So that's what i looked at. When i got back to the results table, I was told my time was just under 29 minutes which is exactly where i wanted to be because that is roughly the middle of the age group pack on the last race. However i was pleasantly surprised when the official results were posted on line. 29:09 and 15th out of 18! 35 out of 50, wow, humbling. This lead to some confusion because my pace on the road and the time i was given didn't sync with the final results and it looked like the guy in 14th had what my time should have been.... and then you find yourself reading into 14th place instead of 15th place out of 18th.... talk about desperation.
After the race I had a great talk with Kelli, after asking her name. She is in a very structured tri program and was headed out for a 1 mile run. She is doing 6 tri's this summer and i wish her all the luck in the world.
Only the future will tell if i do it again. I'm guessing after a few rides in the future I'll convince myself i can do better and end up there bike in tow. Over all a great experience and looking to the future seemed like a bunch of people i could see myself hanging out with.
Yancy Lent First bike race ever tonight. A time trial put on by a local club. Not sure of my place yet but if I use the last race as a guide 7th out of 10 in 35 to 45 age group. 11.3 miles, pace 23.4 mph. Wednesday at 9:28pm via Facebook for iPhone
Things I would do different for next time:
- Clean and oil my chain the day before.
- Drink more water during the day
- Eat a power bar or two an hour before the start.
- Get a longer ride in before hand, i think i only did 3 or 4 miles
- Bring a pump
- Spend more time fixing my number to my side.
- Not go all out the night before
- Go to bed early the night before
- Don't eat a burrito for lunch
- Practice the start
Things that worked:
- Borrowing a pump and making sure my tires were good
- Having the correct amount of fluids (one water bottle)
- Got there a little early
- Not starting on fresh legs
- Tightened my shoes a little more then usual.
- Multi Vitamin at 2pm (who really knows)
It's the one time a week where you see if you have the legs to keep up with the big dogs. It's no a race, but only the fastest see it that way, everyone else, that doesn't race, goes all out.
May 26: First group ride of the year, pure awesome. Stayed with a group of 6 evenly matched but all over the place riders; including me. 36 miles at 20.1 mph avg. Learned about http://www.steephill.tv/ after the ride, apparently they have tons of race videos.
June 2: Group ride #2. 48 hours of recovery from Monday's 112 mile ride wasn't enough, regardless finished up there with the group i was aiming to finish with so i can't complain. 36 miles at 21.2 mph avg.
June 9: Group Ride #3. Wind, the other hill work out. 36 miles at 20 mi/h; rounding, we were at a social pace strolling in at the end. Nightmares tonight for sure, about that fire truck that almost took out the 8 guys in front of me, came around a dangerous corner; we were at fault. Small group, potential rain, and wind scared... a lot of people off, nothing but fast guys, i got dropped half way through; next week.
June 16: Rained out.
June 23: Group Ride #4? Last weeks was canceled; rain. Tonight 37.6 miles at 20.8. Confirmed, well maybe i suspected, the fast guys im always trying to keep up with (along with everyone else) are CAT 2 and CAT 3 (they race). They were all somewhere else tonight so all those that usually finish together road together, however the...re was only a pack of 4 that finished first About 14 started.
June 30: This was one of the best simply because who wasn't there, the elite group. IT was a group of 10 like talent riders that pealed off to 4, the fastest of the group 2 riders. Also great because someone I've befriended (Mark) gave me a few pointers which I always appreciate, and gave me the compliment that i should do time trials because of my steady speed... which i can't wait to do.
July 7: Wed Group Ride: Chose the fast group
and was able to hang until mile 16 where they slowly slipped away.
Then no man's land. Tried like mad to catch them for 21+ miles while
simultaneous staying ahead of the second group. When I arrived in the
parking lot, dripping with sweat and out of breath one of the fast guy's asked
...“did you do the whole route?” I'll take it as a compliment. (I did). firstname.lastname@example.org (hot night).