Today I rode the Schauinsland König. It’s a 11.5 km hill climb time trial with 800 m of climbing. The winner, i.e. Florian can ride it in under 30 minutes. I require a little longer as do Julian, Sebastian, and Nico who were also starting for our work group team (Team T2 Stern).
I was feeling rather tired as I rode towards the start line around midday. Was it such a good idea to stay up until 3 am the night before and drink red wine? My legs still felt a little rubbish after racing last week and running during the week. Still I seemed to start well and powered off up the hill. My legs behaved themselves and I kept a pretty good pace all the way until if flattened off for the last 4 km. I couldn’t quite hit the pace I wanted to on the last flat section but pushed hard and finished with a sprint in 38 minutes 49 seconds. I passed around 20 people on the ascent which was a good feeling. At one point some guy jumped on my wheel but I burned him off on the flat. Woot!
The conditions were pretty good. It was around 15 degrees at the bottom and 8 degrees and raining at the top, however it was only the last 100 vertical metres that were wet.
Above left: Julian crosses the finish line at the Schauinsland König. Above middle: Cris and Sebastian standing near the finish line in the rain. Above right: Sebastian, Nico, and Julian at the finish.
And now for some pretty graphs…