Amadé Radmarathon 2017

The Tour de Kärnten was really good fun this year so we decided to hang another race onto the end of our holiday.

First we took a break for a couple of days and did another klettersteig near Finkenstein and then visited our favorite castle in the area (castle Finkenstein) for a tasty lunch. Then it was off to Lake Bohinj in Slovenia for an evening and the following morning. I caught up with Sebas, Sam, and Johannes there for some climbing as they were having a Slovenia weekend. Then it was off to Radstadt for the race.

It was on Sunday and began at 7:30 am. The weather was perfect and the route was pretty nice. We had entered the short course to save our legs a bit. It’s 95 km with 1500 m of climbing and the long course is 137 km with 2200 m of climbing. Also quite doable but I was hoping to be a bit more competitive than usual and since I’ve only been training on shorter distances it seemed more sensible to do the shorter course.

It looked like it would be a very fast course with the steeper climbs near the beginning. It was.

I was very happy how my legs went. They didn’t feel tired after the tour despite just two days rest. Infact, I think the tour helped.

Overall though I was frustrated by the race due to the start and the finish. We had entered late and they had put me in the second start block and weren’t keen to let me change when we arrived on Saturday evening. When I complained again before the race started on Sunday they allowed me to change but issued me a new number meaning I was running around chaotically trying to change numbers shortly before the race started. I did start in block 1 but by the time I got there I was well back from the front.

The first 2 km was supposed to be neutralized but it didn’t feel that neutralized blasting along at 50 km/h trying to catch up to the font. Of course it wasn’t possible to catch up to the front because that would mean I’d have to be significantly faster than them. I did pass a whole lot of people though and got into a rhythm so that once we had finished the first hill I had a strong bunch for the descent. It was frustrating though as I feel I could have had an even better bunch if I had started closer to the front and therefore a better finish (if I were able to hold on).

Anyway, the descents were good fun. After the first hills we had a very long downhill section down a valley. I worked up the front and enjoyed racing around the corners with the bunch strung out behind me or sitting on e.g. the third wheel near the front.

After a long time we had a gradual ascent. I wasn’t sure if I could hold the pace but managed too and as we got closer to the finish it looked like I’d hold on and not get dropped. We neared the finish and I tried to find a place nearish the front from which I could launch a sprint at perhaps the 200 m mark when prompted by the signs that all good races have before the finish…

And that was the problem. The bunch rolled along, the route pointed us onto the road that enters Radstadt and suddenly without warning the finish line was 20 m in front of us. Particularly bad for launching a sprint. Grrr… Annoyingly this cost me some places in the results…

 

Amadé Radmarathon 2017 – Short Course

Time: 2:47:12.6 Dst: 95 km / 1500m, Avg 33.8 km/h, Max 85.0 km/h

Place 40 / 91 Category, 55 / 219 Men overall

Men – Open Men – Overall Women – Open Women – Overall

TdK Stage 6 Mountain TT

The rain in the night had vanished by the time we got up and it was clear and sunny for the last stage of the 2017 Tour de Kaernten. This was a 13 km mountain time trial with 1200 metres of climbing. We rode to the start line on the opposite side of the Ossiacher See from where we are camping. The race started in Bodensdorf and ascended Gerlitzen. The route was very nice with views down to the Ossiacher See. But we weren’t there to look at the views. No, no.

Unlike a normal time trial we started in blocks of around 20 people. I was suprised that my block didn’t ride hard from the start and I rode away from them at an easy pace. I started to put more effort in and not long into the race someone from my block passed me and I didn’t see him again. Another guy from our block closed in but I managed to hold him off to the top. The rest of the bunch vanished somewhere behind me. A bit strange.

I was happy with how I went but I seemed to slow down a bit in the middle until I got a bit more sugar into me. It flattened off near the top which might have accounted for the extra speed rather than the sugar. I got a nice finish sprint in to cross the line in around 1 hour 5 minutes.

 The winner rode an insane 46 minutes and Leonie rode it in around 1 hour 25 minutes.

I decided to trim some weight from my bike so there’s no exciting Go Pro today.

TdK 2017 – Stage 4 – Wintersport Runde

Today was goooood.

The stage was shorter and flatter than the last two days with 1200 m of climbing over 89 km. This is why it was good. I started in B and got a good bunch after the first climb which was fairly short. The course then rolled along for a bit before turning onto the narrow road that in previous years has been at the end of this stage. We rode up this road and it slowly climbed with some more rollers. It was never too steep so I managed to hold onto the bunch. We then had a really really nice long descent. Usually the descent ends earlier with a sprint to the finish line but this time we continued down followed by a hard right and then a gradual climb for many kms. Then more descending and speedy flat riding. 

Later another bigger ascent where the bunch split. We worked hard into a head wind along the flat to catch the rest of the bunch and were successful. It wasn’t long and we were near the end of the stage where we had a steeper ascent. I couldn’t keep up and rode the rest of the course with three other guys to the finish line in the Alpen Arena in Villach.

A very enjoyable speedy stage.