The Centaur Time Trial is the first stage of three of the Tour of St. Louis. The TT takes place on Centaur road and Wildhorse Creek in West St. Louis County. The Course is 11 miles out and back with gentle rolling terrain, making for a fast course. This being my first TT on the new bike and fit I had high expectations for my performance. Waking up to damp conditions from the previous nights rain with temperatures in the mid 40’s and wind coming out of the south west excitement was low. These conditions are less than ideal for a fast time in any TT and even less ideal for good numbers. Getting there a bit late I immediately began warming up on my trainer. After about twenty minutes warm-up I stripped off the extra layers of clothing and began riding towards the starting gate. Once at the gate I got in position and got ready to begin my run.
Once the starter said go I felt great on the bike. Charging out I quickly got into my aero position and settled into my zone. Looking at speed and power I was able to pace my effort, staying in control to avoid going out too hard. For the first half I averaged 29.6mph and 396 watts. The second half wasn't as pretty. The wind seemed to begin to swirl in the valley we were riding in making for an a difficult ride back. Also taking into account I took the only two turns poorly caused me to lose time and speed. I ended the TT in fourth place with a time of 24:28, an avg speed of 28.3mph and 386avg power.
I wish I was able to make the podium on the first TT on the bike but the numbers alone seem like a win. Feeling as comfortable as I did on the bike with only three rides in before this event, and putting out the numbers that I did make me very confident that I will only improve with more time. These things also speak volumes at the quality to the support I have. Swim Bike Run has put together an amazing system that create results. From the fit on the bike where I was putting out big power numbers with no discomfort and without needing to make adjustments from the fit bike to the real thing. Then looking at the equipment we only see the best for strong results. The BMC TM02 with Zipp cockpit, 808 firecrest wheels and Sram etap groupset creates a truly amazing set up that would make getting a bad result hard. The crew at Swim Bike Run is truly talented and if you are looking to increase your ability you should come in and speak with them, they can and will help you achieve your goals.
Athlete Journey Project
Grant is a seasoned Category 1 road bike racer (this means he's pretty dang fast). He has competed in local, regional, and national level road races and criteriums since he was a teenager. He currently is riding for Bissell ABG Giant racing out of Indianapolis, Indiana. During his career he has won 4 state titles, and finished 3 of the last 4 road seasons ranked in the top 10 nationally for his category and in the top 5 for his age. While Grant has a solid background on the road, he has never been completely set-up to race Time Trials (TTs), until now!
"I would like place well at my first TT event in March, then make a run at Nationals and see if I can get on the podium. I'm also going to participate in my first Triathlon relay where I will ride the bike at the St Louis Tri. The last goal of the year is the State TT where I would really like to win."
Centaur Time Trial March 17 - Distance: 11 miles
St. Louis Triathlon (Bike Split) May 18 - Distance: 40k (24.85 miles)
Elite Men's Time Trial Nationals July 26 - Distance: 40k (24.85 miles)
Missouri State Time Trial August 6 - Distance: 40k (24.85 miles)
How we plan to help Grant:
Besides the equipment, Swim Bike Run is the leader in the St. Louis area in the bike fit process. Specifically in the Triathlon and TT fit process. Using our expertise we will be able to take a high level athlete such as Grant, who has no background in this discipline, and help him work towards his goals by ensuring he is getting the most efficiency out of his position and equipment. Since Triathlons and Time Trials are individual efforts we will be able to track his growth throughout his journey to see how we have helped and how we can continue to help him progress as a rider.
Bike Frame - BMC TimeMachine TM02
The all-new TimeMachine is tailor-made for races against the clock. The culmination of years and years of studying the needs of multi-sport athletes, a three-year aerodynamics partnership with Sauber Engineering and two years of final product development, the Timemachine is the new benchmark for triathlon-specific equipment.
Components - SRAM eTap wireless groupset & Quarq Dzero powermeter
Wheels - Zipp 808 NSW
The Zipp 808 NSW Carbon Clincher offers a groundbreaking rim shape with greater aerodynamic efficiency and reduced side force as well as a new hubset for increased durability and less drag. The 808 NSW, with a rim depth of 82mm, is designed for triathletes, time trialists or any cyclist looking for increased speed and stability.