2016 Tundra Time Trial

This is my second year racing the Tundra Time Trial, but through chatting with others it seems that there are a few constants:

1. It's cold.

2. Results take forever.

Both were true this year again. After some weeks of unseasonably warm weather, the temperature dropped the week before the race. And the (correct) results took over an hour from the final racer crossing the line (I'm pretty sure, it could have been longer, but it was in that time frame). Now, it's also quite possible that it feels like the results take forever because you're shivering out in the cold, but I believe it's something that's kinda expected.

I'm appreciative of anyone putting on a race, and I'm happy that the Tundra Time Trial is here. I also believe that putting on a race on a new course and at below freezing conditions isn't easy - who would want to course marshal? It's hard enough to find volunteers when the weather is nice. I will do Tundra again, given the same conditions.

All that said, there were issues with the race from (before) the beginning. Because of a lapse of putting on the race another race organizer put on the Tundra last year. This year both parties were putting on "Tundra Time Trial"s. Back to back weekends of TT. Thing finally got sorted out and the original promoter put on the race (Reality BIkes will be putting on their TT later this year).

Sign up was on Active.com. I think bike race sign ups should be on the USA Cycling website personally, though I don't know if there's a monetary penalty to that.

They were starting people early (?!?). I know of several people who were late to their start times. I arrived with 1:30 to go to my start time and they started saying "You're up! You've got 20 seconds!" So I think they were starting people 1 min early. That's a big deal for a TT, especially in below freezing conditions, because you don't want to wait longer than a minute or two before setting off.

This may be trivial, but it's the first TT I've done where no one is holding your seat so you can start clipped in.

There was no one at the first turn for a while. This didn't effect me because I started later (and I'd pre-ridden the course), but I know people who had not and who missed the turn. They were given refunds.

The first round of results came out quickly, but they were all incorrect. They were generally uniformly incorrect (by 9min) at least. It wasn't chip timed, so I imagine it had something to do with how they either noted the times or how they calculated them.

That's it. Otherwise I enjoyed the course - one climb in the middle that I got out of the saddle for and tackled in the 53x26. I think I paced myself too well and actually had a lower average power than when I pre rode the course (though finished it faster).

And, of course, BIKES!!!

 

Oooo that powder blue. Blue cable housing. Hottt.

Oooo that powder blue. Blue cable housing. Hottt.

It was pretty windy out, I'm curious how the disc wheels handled it.

It was pretty windy out, I'm curious how the disc wheels handled it.

BIKES BIKES BIKES!!!!

BIKES BIKES BIKES!!!!

UGH THIS LOOKS SO SLICK VERY DESIGN MUCH UNDERSTATED.

UGH THIS LOOKS SO SLICK VERY DESIGN MUCH UNDERSTATED.

Didn't know Quintaroos are locally made.

Didn't know Quintaroos are locally made.

This bike looked so slick. It was a Trek they had professional sanded down and painted.

This bike looked so slick. It was a Trek they had professional sanded down and painted.

Yours truly. Still don't have a bike rack.

Yours truly. Still don't have a bike rack.

SLICK.

SLICK.

Di2 makes for such a sleek cockpit.

Di2 makes for such a sleek cockpit.

LADIES.

LADIES.

I don't know Flo wheels - I like the move to internal cable housing here (you can see the taped up holes at the top of the downtube).

I don't know Flo wheels - I like the move to internal cable housing here (you can see the taped up holes at the top of the downtube).

Who wants to buy this sleek bike? I didn't see any contact info. Looks SLICK though.

Who wants to buy this sleek bike? I didn't see any contact info. Looks SLICK though.