Meanwhile, Ryan Sherlock finished an amazing
17th in the FBD insurance Ras in Ireland:CyclingNews results
I'm pretty sure he was the top amateur in this professional race. Ryan is an accomplished mountain biker and also a top competitor for the national hillclimb championship, and has also participated in my annual hillclimb series
in California, so it's fantastic seeing him do so well in such a high-level race.
Haha, you noticed
Yeah - I was first amateur and second Irish Person (behind another former mountain biker Pro riding for the AnPost team).
I was in a crash on the 5th day and smashed by beautiful Lightweight Wheels - front and rear - it was the 5th time I was on them. Fortunately, I have their ServiceUp plan so all should be okay. Went down at about 50kmph after some riders ahead crossed wheels - 3 broken collerbones and one other hospitalization in that crash. Chased for a long time (on a spare ill fitting bike) and then punctured - chased some more and got on for the final climb. Speeds were nuts with most days being 47kmph+ for the first 2 to 3 hours.
Other interesting bits - to stay with the front group on day 7 over the Shay Elliot climb (8.2%, rough small road) took 440W average with 570W for the first minute. (8:36 to cover the climb). I'm 73.5kg or so.
I put up daily video blogs (and a power/hr/elevation profile) for each stage on my blog: www.ryansherlock.com
@dan I should be back in California in October/November for some training again - hopefully I'll take the LWs and have a proper go at Old La Honda.