a.k.a. How to Do Your First Time Trial

From time to time people ask what they need to start racing time trials on the road. So I thought that I would pick the brains of a couple of veterans and combine that with my thinking and produce a brief introduction to "Starting Your Time Trial Career!" Thanks to Hans Jorgensen and Paul Leek for contributing their thoughts as well.

TTcareer2rIn my opinion, the first step to racing time trials is to decide you are going to do it! This step seems to be obvious, but for some, the prospect of pinning a number on their back and then having a time and a placing posted next to their name is daunting. Some just can't do it. But you can! (Of course, make sure that you are medically able to compete before trying a TT!)

A logical next step is to pick a time trial that you plan to enter. Pick one that is far enough into the future so that you have time to prepare all that is necessary to race. Now when you do this, I recommend that you do not pick a major event like the State or National Championships to make your debut as a time trial rider. I have seen several do this and the result has not always been pretty. Rather, I recommend that you select one of the regular SoCal time trials, like Piru or Fiesta Island to get your start. These are run throughout the year so you can find one that fits your schedule. There is a nice one in Santiago Canyon as well, but it is now only run a couple of times a year.

TTcareer4rAnother thing is that it is good to have someone else to go with, or at least who is going to be there at the race as well. It is always more fun to have a teammate along to warm-up with and to share in the racing experience. Sometimes it is more about the stories you tell afterwards than the actual racing itself! It is also very helpful if you can go along with an experienced racer and learn from them. That is how I did it and I found that to be really great way to go.

Once you have decided to do it and have picked out a race, preparation is now key. You need to prepare your body and your equipment for the race.

TT Equipment
TTcareer7rLet's first talk equipment, i.e., what do you need to time trial? Of course, you can race a time trial on your road bike with your regular road kit and helmet, but you will be at a significant disadvantage against others using aero equipment.

Aero equipment is costly, so unless you want to lay out the big change from the outset, I would say that it may be best for you to just ease into it by getting the fastest gear you can afford in order of what is most effective first.

So, with this in mind, below are my recommendations for upgrading your equipment for time trials, in ranked order, i.e., what to get first.

1) Aerobars: From my experience and from what I have learned, your position on the bike is the most important part of time-trialing. You have to get down and out of the wind. The most economical way to do this is to put clip-on aerobars onto your road bike. Of course, integrated aerobars on a TT bike are faster, but clip-on bars do the job. It really can't be said enough, the most important equipment on any bike in a time trial are the aerobars.

2) Aero Helmet: Your head is a key part of the "leading edge" of your time trial presentation, so it is critical that this part cuts through the wind. You don't want your road helmet acting like a parachute out front on a TT. To emphasize this point, I have even seen riders in a TT with plastic wrap all over their road helmet to eliminate the parachute effect of a regular helmet.

3) Aero Front Wheel: The absolute front of your "leading edge" is your front wheel. Aero wheels definitely make a substantial difference in reducing aerodynamic drag, and most particularly the front wheel. The fastest front wheels are the deeper dish wheels (80mm plus), but these can be difficult to use in a cross wind. 60mm wheels are good all around wheels, which is what I use. They are fast, but not too difficult in cross winds.

4) Skin Suit: The largest part of your time trial presentation is your body, so you want to cover it with something slick. A good skinsuit is much faster than the regular jersey/shorts combination.

5) Shoe Covers: Your shoes are another part of you that hits the wind head on. As a result, you want to get some skin over your shoes.

6) Aero Rear Wheel/Disc Wheel: The fastest wheel combination is a deeper dish front coupled with a disc rear. Disc wheels can be very expensive, but for beginners plastic disc covers for your road wheels are available and can provide the aerodynamics of a disc at a fraction of the cost of a disc wheel.

7) Aero TT Frame: Once all of the above is in place, the TT frame completes the picture. While a TT frame is more aerodynamic than a road bike, the fit of the frame and your position on it is the most important factor in the selection of a TT frameset. You can have a super aero frame, but if it doesn't allow you to get into a position where you can deliver optimum power in an aero position, then it is not the frame for you. Another issue is there are frames that are legal for triathlons, but not for USAC time trials (they usually only check your bike and position at Nationals and the Worlds, but they can at any race), so make sure you get the frame that allows you to use it for the events you are interested in doing. Generally speaking, a TT frame is legal for triathlons, but not always the other way around.

8) Other "Little Things": Time trialing success, beyond training, is dependent on the cumulative effect of many other little things which add up to time saved over the course of a race. Examples of these include shaved legs, having your arms covered or shaved, wearing aero gloves (or no gloves at all) instead of your usual non-aero gloves, having well maintained equipment, the right amount of air in your tires, etc.

Basic TT Training
TTcareer1rIn preparing your body, you need to start with a base level of cycling fitness, but as a regular cyclist you already should have that. You can do a TT without specific training, just to see where you are, or you can train specifically. If you want to specifically train, keep in mind that a training plan is only going to make a difference over weeks and months, not days, so you will need to work at it over time. There are several training plans available on-line. Interval training is key to preparing for time trial efforts. I prefer shorter fast intervals with lots of repetition.

Hans suggested that an important part of preparing your body includes being fit properly for the optimum balance of aerodynamics with power. Some people may need time to eventually achieve an efficient position as they may initially have some limitations such as hamstring tightness or low back issues. Because of this it is recommended that you experiment with your position to find that right balance where you are aero but can also lay down consistent power.

As a follow up to the importance of the aero position, Hans again reminds us that it's important to note that we use our muscles differently in the TT position than in a road bike position and need to train in that position to adapt. We have seen guys ride their TT bike for the first time at the State Championships, and after the race we see them limping around for an hour due to the pain in their non-adapted glutes.

As you prepare, you may want to do a couple of simulated TT efforts where you ride against the wind at speed for a considerable distance. When you do this, your effort level may come as a surprise to you. You should use this kind of effort as an opportunity to check your riding position while riding at full speed. Whatever your training plan, make sure you don't over do it in the days just before the event. Your body needs to be given time to recover before you race.

Both Paul and Hans emphasize the importance of mental preparation and the expectation that you can learn some real lessons about yourself and about cycling as you race time trials. Think about being able to time trial so that once you make that critical break in a ride or road race you won't get caught, think Fabian Cancellara or Tony Martin!

The Day before and the Day of the Race
TTcareer6rHans taught me the importance of doing the little things on the day of the race. Below is how I go about approaching each race, and therefore what I would recommend that you do to get the most out of your time trial experience:

1) Do a leg opener ride the day before the race. For an important race, keep that leg opener ride brief and only go hard for a few minutes a couple of times to wake up the legs. Don't over do it before an important race.

2) Use a checklist and pack up the car the night before. If you have ever seen someone get to a race, only to have forgotten his or her shoes, or some other critical piece of equipment, you won't forget it.

3) Stick to your normal diet the day before and get a good night's rest.

4) Leave home in time to arrive at the race at least two hours before race time. This will give you time to get a good parking spot, to set up your stationary trainer and your TT bike (I bring my road bike for the trainer so my TT bike is ready to go without any muss or fuss), go to the restroom, get your number, get your kit on, etc.

5) The first order of business once at the venue is to secure your car key if your car has one. I learned from Hans to put the car key on a string around the neck immediately upon arrival.

6) Get in a good warm-up, but not too hard. I use a 40-50 minute warm-up on my stationary trainer, the first 20-30 minutes is an easy spin, then two to three intervals to raise my heart rate to 150 each time, spinning fast so as not to build fatigue in the legs, with 2 minutes of easy spinning in between, and then 4-5 minutes of easy spin at the end.

7) Get off the trainer and secure the car/spare equipment with 15 minutes to go to your start time. Make sure you and your TT bike are all set to go.

TTcareer3r8) Don't miss your start time. To make sure, you should ride over to the start area with 10 minutes to go.

9) Enjoy the race.

10) After the race do a brief warm-down ride on the trainer or on the road.
That is it. There is not much more to it. Have fun!

What a year to be thankful for at Canyon Velo. Almost any way you slice it, Canyon Velo had an incredible year in 2014, and for that I would like to give thanks. From the event promotions, to the rides, to the race participation, to the race results, to the new kit design, to the sponsors, to the fiscal state of the club, to the simple fact that we have a great group of people on this club, it has been a quality year for Canyon Velo.

It is the "people" of Canyon Velo who make this the great club that it is. I have been on a few bike clubs, including previous iterations of this team, and I can honestly say that this is the best bike club I have been on. I can't say it any better than Canyon Velo President Carl Moler said in his October e-mail to the club when he said: "Presently, I believe that the most exceptional strength of this club, in addition to the athletic performances, is the "character" and "quality" of our members as people. I do not make this statement lightly. This is 'not my first rodeo' and I can truly say that this is a unique group of 120 or so people in the areas of both performance and character quality." I couldn't agree more, and for each one of our members I am thankful.

Another thought on this thanksgiving theme is that once again in 2014, CV put on a superior event in sponsoring one of the most popular criteriums of the race year in the form of the Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium. CV also repeated its presence at the State Time Trials by co-sponsoring those events with another local team.

It was also great this year to work with the club leadership in helping to design the new kit for the club's 30th anniversary next year. We were all thankful to have two talented designers in Mike Son and Brian Stoner working on the concepts. Of course, the rest of the committee members had plenty to add to the process. Based on all that we have seen so far, it should be a great 30th anniversary kit that we can all wear with pride!

CV also has a great group of sponsors from 2014 to be thankful for. Many have been with the club for some time and others are just coming on board. I would like to say a special thanks on behalf of the club to Mike Boon for his sponsorship for the past several years and I want to point out that he remains with Canyon Velo as a sponsor in the form of his "Speed Tech" wheel products and services. I also want to welcome Rock'n'Road Cyclery on board as our new bike shop sponsor. Rock'n'Road sponsors several top bicycle teams and now Canyon Velo is added to that list.

As far as racing goes, I can't remember a year with so much success. This year Canyon Velo racked up several significant racing results. If you just look at the race results page of the team website, you can't help but be impressed with what you find there. I counted 15 members who won at least one bike race this year! Several members also posted significant results.

Ryan Mongan, for example, won several triathlons with large fields. David Stanton has been simply destroying the fields in time trials. George Tomasich won several impressive hill and mountain climbing events. Justin Corea completed an Ironman event in a remarkable time. Justin was also a member of a winning team at the Stagecoach 100 mile TTT (along with Henry Moreno, Glenn Wells, and Danny Davison). Glen Wells also won a couple of mountain bike races. Sue Griesbach completed the Stagecoach TTT in the fastest time ever for a female rider (on a mixed team with Paul Leek, Bob Burris and I). Paul Leek was also other-worldly in his conquest of the gold medal in the 6-12-24 hour world TT championships. Andrew Simpson, in his first season racing, placed first in one of the Ontario criteriums. Bob Stipp contributed with a win at a local triathlon. I also had a few wins in road TTs and in pursuits at the velodrome.

In addition to the above, Canyon Velo ended up with eleven State Championship Jerseys. Bob Burris and Danny Davisson, and Susan Kissee and I won State Championship Jerseys in the 40k tandem time trial. David Stanton, Paul Leek, Ed Camarena, and I won State Championship Jerseys in the four man 40k team time trial. I added another State Championship Jersey in the four man 3k team pursuit on the track. Finally David Stanton and I both won individual State Championship Jerseys, David in the individual 40k time trial on the road and I in the individual 2k pursuit on the track.

Finally, and much more important than any of the accomplishments listed above, I want to again say that I am thankful for the people on this team. You all are some of the finest people that I have had the pleasure to have known and I truly appreciate you. It is fun riding with you, racing with you, talking to you, and just being in association with you. And for this I give thanks.

stageco1Canyon Velo rocked the 2014 Stagecoach 100 mile Team Time Trial!  Canyon Velo's 4 man 40+ team won the 40+ club division with a time of 5:04:31. Canyon Velo's 4 person mixed 50+ team destroyed the course with a blazing time of 4:53:15, winning the race and setting the age group and overall course records for a mixed team, and giving Sue Griesbach the fastest finishing time ever for a woman on the 100 mile course! It was an incredible experience.

stageco2On the weather front, what a difference a year makes! That was the buzz around the start line. Last year it couldn't have been any colder and never warmed up. In 2014, it couldn't have been any nicer. According to the promoter, the weather for the 10th annual Stagecoach event was by far the finest ever, with starting temps at 48F for the first starters, and up to 65F for the last starters of the day. The finishing temps were in the low 80's. There was a slight headwind all the way to the turn around and then a cross-tail wind on the way back.

Canyon Velo members Justin Corea, Danny Davisson, Glen Wells, and Henry Moreno made up the four man 40+ TTT team; while "Pastor Bob" Burris, Sue Griesbach, Paul Leek, and I (Ed K) formed Canyon Velo's 4 person mixed 50+ TTT team. There were also a few individual CV riders present as well, including Paul Knight, Steve Mclelland and Bob Stipp. A family friend of Sue's from Australia, Gina Ricardo, also came along and did the ride.

Canyon Velo's 4 Man 40+ Team Report

stageco4The Canyon Velo four man 40+ team's primary goal was to beat their 5:13:38 time mark from last year and to improve upon their fourth place in the age group division. Their more lofty goal was to beat the 5 hour mark. The first two goals were accomplished, finishing at 5:04:31 and winning the "club" division for 40+. As for the other goal, it just wasn't meant to be to a sub 5 hour day.

The first 50 miles went well for the team. They set a much more consistent pace than last year which allowed all team members to get warmed up and stay together without over extending themselves. Their first half split was a respectable 2:40, making the 5 hour goal a possibility with a quick return. Unfortunately, their return got off to a slow start as they used entirely too much time (nearly nine minutes) at the turn around in getting wrist bands stamped, topping off bottles, addressing nutrition, and using the restroom.

With Danny nursing a respiratory bug and Henry dealing with cramps from a previously injured hamstring, the guys had to fight to stay together on the return trip. As true teammates, they determined that since they started together they were going to ride as far as they could together.

Glen and Justin pulled most of the way back and luckily Danny and Henry were able to grit their teeth in order to hang on. On the last climb at mile 85 they were all pretty tired and out of water. Glen and Justin were able to get up the hill to grab some water from the support stop while Henry and Danny fought with everything they had to summit. After finishing the climb they made a valiant effort to reach the finish line within the 5 hour mark but it was just outside of their grasp. Justin summed up their experience by saying, "All in all, the weather was perfect, it was a great team ride, had fun, learned a lot and we beat last year's time! Thanks guys for the amazing effort!" Great job Canyon Velo 40+ 4 man team!

Canyon Velo's 4 Person Mixed 50+ Team Report

stageco5It was like it was meant to be, but it didn't start out that way. Last summer Paul and I decided to see if last year's 50+ four man team would like to reunite to see what kind of damage we could do. When we talked to Ryan and Pastor Bob, we found out that Ryan was going to be out of town on race day and Bob said, "another 100 mile TTT, no thanks!"

That left us with only half of a team. Paul then began thinking... which is a dangerous proposition. Paul said to me one Sunday, "You know Ed, we have a couple of pretty good girls on our team and in OC, why don't we ride the mixed category at Stagecoach?" That got it started. We first talked to Annemarie, but it wasn't long until she found that she would be moving to Chicago. Later we talked to Sue, who expressed a cautious interest. We also were talking to other gals in OC in case Sue didn't join us, but to our delight, Sue said that she would commit to it. The rules at Stagecoach allow a mixed team to have a three to one split, instead of the normal two/two mixed arrangement, so we now just needed a fourth. It was about then that Pastor Bob called and said that he had a change of heart and wanted to ride Stagecoach again. Now we were set.

Training went well, as we logged many miles together along with the guys from the four man 40+ team and several other CV riders. We also had help and assistance from many others, including "friends of Canyon Velo" Eric Sternlicht and Christopher Thompson. At the race we had Sue's husband and fellow CV member Bob there for support and photos.

Race day really couldn't have gone much better for a 100 mile effort. We moderated the hills and power rises for Sue, but found that there was a great side benefit to that strategy, as we all were super strong on the flats because we took it easy on the rises. This enabled us to get to the turnaround in 2:36, well within striking distance of a sub five hour performance.

Throughout the day Paul took several incredibly long pulls. He just would not come off of the front. Bob and I kept waiting for him to pull over so we could take our turns, but he just sat up there. Bob also took long pulls as did I. We found that this was another side benefit of moderating the hills and rises, as we were able to take much longer pulls than ever before.

stageco6When we started up the last climb at mile 85, I did my best Jeff Rhodes imitation by singing a couple of lines of the Everly Brothers' song, "Wake Up Little Susie" only with the words, "Can't keep up with little Susie!" Paul even joined in on the chorus! I'm sure Sue was not all that impressed. Bob noted at that time that we were at 4:20 and had a real shot at breaking 5 hours if we got over the summit in a decent time.

Once we got over the top we were flying toward the finish...35 mph! With about 5 miles to go we had our only hiccup, as both Paul and Bob almost simultaneously cried "cramp"! Sue then came to my wheel and I thought, OK, whichever one of the guys gets it together first gets to come along for the last couple of miles. Thankfully, however, after sitting on for a few moments, both said, "I'm OK!" We then drove on to the finish. We were ecstatic crossing the line to see that we not only made five hours, but had minutes to spare. It was a super gratifying day. We all want to say a big thank you to Canyon Velo and to our "friends of Canyon Velo" for all of your support!

Books-1rThe 2012-2013 time trial season is now in the books. It ended with the State time trials on Memorial Day weekend.

Last summer Paul L and I set out several goals for the season. Our purpose in setting these goals was to make Canyon Velo a factor in the Southern California Racing scene. Here are the goals we set:

1) It was our plan to get out of the gate fast at the beginning of the time trial season by planting the flag for Canyon Velo at the prestigious Fiesta Island Team Time Trial (TTT) in September.

2) It was our goal to make a mark for Canyon Velo by winning the four man 50+ category at the Stagecoach 100 mile TTT in January.

3) It was our goal for both of us to finish on the podium in our respective age group categories in the Southern California Time Trial Series, Paul in the 45+ and me in the 55+ categories.

4) It was our goal to bring back at least one State Championship Jersey to Canyon Velo for 2013.

So, how did we do? Incredibly, all of the goals were accomplished. It wasn't easy and was not without trials and suffering, but it was accomplished.

Looking back now, the Fiesta TTT seemed to come together rather easily. The result? We rocked the island, winning the 180+ four man category with an impressive time of 53:03, at an average speed of 28.3 mph. Our team consisted of three Canyon Velo riders (Paul , "Pastor" Bob B, and me) along with Ernie L from Team Pinnaclife (see the race report at http://www.canyonvelo.org/index.php/eddie-speaks/39-a-plan-comes-together).

The Stagecoach TTT was anything but easy. It was my single toughest day on the bike for this year. We actually managed to win in a record time for our category, but it was a sufferfest. Our team was made up of Paul, me, Pastor Bob, and Ryan M (the story is found at http://www.canyonvelo.org/index.php/eddie-speaks/50-100-mile-mission-accomplished). Canyon Velo also had a number of other riders in that event, so check out the story.

Books-6rFor me, my biggest accomplishment of the year was to finish 2nd overall in the 55+ category in the Southern California Time Trial Series, a series of 18 races from September through April, with the top ten results counting toward the final placing. The winner of the category is an elite racer who is in a class of his own. I, however, faced stiff completion from a couple of riders from San Diego riding for the San Diego Cyclo-Vets for the podium. I would say that it was my consistency that carried the day and in the end, I actually tied with the winner of the 45+ category for the most podium points for the entire series of races.

Books-5rPaul had an incredible fight in the 45+ category to finish on the podium. In fact, the final place on the podium was still unsettled on the eve of the final race of the series. In the 45+, the top two places were held by elite racers. Paul held a slim lead over two other very good time trialists for 3rd with one race to go. If either of these guys finished ahead of Paul on the final race, they would have overtaken him. So what happened? Paul crushed it, placed second on the day to the elite winner, and clinched 3rd overall in the very competitive 45+ category for the Southern California Time Trial Series.

The State Championships are an altogether different matter. A State jersey is very difficult to come by in any given year. With Hans (who had become somewhat of a State jersey machine) moving out of California, our goal was for someone on the club to bring one State jersey back to Canyon Velo for 2013.

Books-3rWe didn't get just one, we got three! First Dr. Bill L won the 65+ category at the Super Masters individual time trial in San Diego to win the first State jersey for CV for 2013. Then at the State individual time trial, Paul won the tandem men 70+ category with Dave G of VeloSport for his first State jersey. Then finally, Pastor Bob also won his first State jersey in the two man 120+ TTT with "friend of Canyon Velo" Keith Peters who has raced many times with us in TTTs.

It is always satisfying when you make plans and then see them happen.

Finally, a couple of other great things occurred this season.

Books-2rOne is that my wife, Susan, decided to become a bike rider/racer. We raced five races this year on our tandem and got on the podium at the State TT in the open mixed tandem class (the story of her beginning in the sport is at http://www.canyonvelo.org/index.php/eddie-speaks/52-it-was-her-idea).

Another is that our 4 man team placed second at the State TTT in the four man 240+ category with a time of 52.14, over a minute ahead of the third place team and within less than a minute of the winning team. That team consisted of me, Paul, Dr. Bill, and Paul's dad Bill L. It was a fun experience and we gave it a real effort.

Now that the season is over, it is time to rest, relax, celebrate, and just have fun on the bike. That is, after all, the reason we do this. Riding a bike is just plain fun.

Lake1LRLast Saturday, Paul L, Ryan M, Danny D, along with Susan and I, spent the morning at Lake Los Angeles.

Our purpose in visiting was wrapped up in the fact that Lake Los Angeles is the current site of the Southern California/Nevada USAC State Time Trial Championships. We all wanted to give the race course a look.

The 23.5 mile time trial course is composed of four roads which form an 18.5 mile rectangle, with riders also doing the first 6 mile leg a second time.

Imagine the great time we all had riding around a picturesque place like Lake Los Angeles. Doesn't that just sound great? Riding around a lake in LA LA land?

Well, unfortunately, Lake Los Angeles is like Grape-Nuts, it is neither.

Read more: A Day At The Lake


FiestaTandem2-2-17-13LRSo guys, what if you were to say to your wife, "Let's get up at 3:00 am on Sunday, leave the house at 3:45, then after a one and a half hour drive, use a port-a-potty, get on the stationary trainers for an hour in the cold and dark, then just as the sun starts to rise, get on the tandem, leave the start line, and ride as hard as we possibly can for 20 kilometers?"

That's how we started on Sunday, except... it was her idea! You see, about a year ago, without any fanfare or announcement, Susan started riding. At first I didn't even know it as she began to incorporate spin classes at the gym into her regular workouts. Soon she began coming home and asking me questions about cycling, and then it came out... she had decided to enter into the realm of athletics.

Basically Susan is a cheerleader. That is her personality and back in school days, that is what she was. Then as our kids grew up, all of them entered into some form of athletics. One day she found herself as the only person in the family that had not participated in athletics. Now I know that cheerleading is considered by many to be an athletic endeavor, and I am not ignoring that, but it is not an athletic contest in the purest sense of the term.

There is no question that cheerleading requires athleticism, but that is not the kind of athletics she was talking about. So, with her cheerleader resume notwithstanding, she announced to me that she wanted to become an athlete, and that is why she wanted to ride.

It was then that I broke the news to her. To be an athlete, one must compete. Spin classes are spin classes, training rides are training rides (even though I used to be confused on that point), fun rides are fun rides, and races are races. In short, the only athletic contest listed here is a race.

Much to my surprise, she said, "OK, I'll race!"

Wow! She has been around me and my racing friends for long enough to know what that statement meant. Training, sacrifice, focus, suffering, and the act of racing itself are part of the equation. She simply said, "I'll race...so what is the plan?"

So we talked about her options. First of all she has a road bike and we have a road tandem, so she decided that the event would be on the road rather than the velodrome or mountain biking. She also eliminated mass start racing (i.e. road races and crits) from consideration as being a proverbial "bridge too far" at this time in her life.

FiestaTandem4a-2-17-13LRThat left time trials. So we talked about individual time trials, team time trials, and tandem time trials.

It was decided that the best way to go was the tandem time trial, since we had a tandem available and it was something we could do together. So the training began. She increased her weekly rides at the gym and also started to ride her road bike on the trainer in the garage with me on weekday mornings.

Then we set the date, Valentine's Day plus 3. February 17, 2013 at the Fiesta Island Time Trial would be her debut as a bike racer, and an athlete. Our start time was 7:08 am.

We got up at 3 am, left soon after that, arrived at Fiesta Island in the dark, used the port-a-potty, rode the trainers, and were now at the start line.

Ralph Elliott, the famed bike race announcer, introduced us on the loudspeaker, gave his complements to Canyon Velo for a job well done at the Roger Millikan Memorial Criterium, and then we were off at 25 mph. We held that for quite a bit of the first lap, then reality set in and we settled into 23 to 24 mph over the remaining laps. We passed a few of the juniors who were ahead of us and were passed by one or two very fast single TT bikes.

FiestaTandem1-2-17-13LRWe gave a very strong effort and crossed the finish line with a solid time of 31:55. Susan was now officially a bike racer and an athlete! She also came home with the gold medal for 1st place in the Tandem class at the Fiesta Island Time Trial.

We had a great time and are now planning to give the Piru TT a shot soon.

Finally, if you haven't heard, Canyon Velo picked up a number of podiums this weekend. In addition to our placement, David S. took 2nd place at the Peninsula Hill Climb Time Trial on Saturday, and Ryan M. and Justin C. went 2nd and 3rd overall at the Laguna Niguel Triathlon on Sunday.

                                                            Nice job Canyon Velo!



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