OK…the end is near. This coming Sunday is the Paris to Ancaster 60k Mountain Bike race. I’m not sure what I was thinking when I signed up for this, but I’m totally unprepared. As of this post, I only have 100 kms/3 hrs of riding in the last 6 weeks which means my bike fitness is pretty much non-existent.
The other ugliness is the weather. We’ve had a lot of rain lately, and they’re calling for an inch of rain for Saturday, and more rain on race day Sunday, not to mention the cold 8C/43F. That rain will make the course extremely sloppy, slow, and dangerous. The only silver lining is the forecasted 45 kph/31 mph wind, which is suppose to be in the SW direction which means it should be a tailwind. Yeaaaaa..LOL.
Talking to people that have done the race in the past, I’ve decided to use my Rocky Mountain Metro that I have now converted into a road/cyclocross bike, instead of using the mountain bike. The course has significant amounts of gravel roads, rail trails, and pavement with little single track. The cross bike will simply be more efficient, and I’ll need all the efficiency I can get. On Saturday I’ll be prepping the bike by installing the cross tires ( Continental Speed King Cross 700×35 ), making sure everything is tight, and shifting is good.
My goal for this race was to finish in 3 hours which is an average speed of 20 kph/12.4 mph. even with my lack of bike fitness, and the proposed crummy weather, I still feel I should be able to pull this off. It’ll be close and alot of will depend on how I can get around slower people, etc.. Of course that doesn’t take into account any mechanical problems like flat tires.
As far as nutrition, I’ll be taping 5 gels to the top tube of the bike which will give me 500 calories. I’ll also drink a pre-race drink that’s 250 cals which will give me a total of 750 calories, or 250 cals/hr. I’ll also be carrying my 1.5L Camelback with water for hydration. This should get me through the race without bonking.
Well, that’s all for now. The full race report will be posted early next week and hopefully it’s all good news.