Miles: 76.3 KM: 122.8
Start: Mon, May 16, 2011 Nevada City
Power File analysis by Hunter Allen, co-founder of TrainingPeaks WKO+ software, co-author of “Training and Racing with a power meter” and Elite Cycling Coach. Hunter will be doing daily file analysis of power files and we’ll be posting them here for everyone to download and view. Hunter has marked up the WKO file for easy analysis by our readers along with adding some comments of his own to the Post ride notes section.
SRM Powercontrol 7 Stage 2 Tour of CA Nevada City to Sacramento
Stage 2 was a shortened stage for the Amgen Tour of California and the riders did it quickly in 2hours 28 minutes, averaging 27.4 mph for the stage. Excellent team work in the closing laps of the circuits around Sacramento by Team Sky was the key to the stage win by Team Sky rider- Ben Swift. Greg Henderson was the final lead out for Ben and launched his effort with about 350 meters to the line before being overwhelmed by the rest of the sprinters, yet still finishing 11th. His power file looks a lot like a Tour De France file would as the pace increases and increases and increases throughout the stage. In the last 20 minutes, Greg averaged 350 watts(365 Normalized) with a heart rate of 179 and an average speed of 30.3mph, which means that the final circuits around Sacramento were quite hard. Greg did not have to do too much work in today’s stage until the finishing circuits and he said, “It was a pretty complicated finish actually, started raining a bit, and with the plan to take control with a lap to go. It didn’t quite work out that way, but Jeremy Hunt took over at 650meters or so and I took off at 350 meters to go. We left it on the gutter with the head cross wind and only a big enough gap to let Swifty to come around. I felt great and first ride at sea level in 5 weeks and my legs felt really great.”
Greg’s normalized power for the race was 274 watts and he spent 18.9% of the stage NOT pedaling(to save energy!) and his final lead out to the finish line was 45 seconds long, averaged 671 watts (max of 1210), an average HR of 190 and cadence of 108rpm. This is really impressive in the fact that he was able to ride at 671 watts for 45 seconds, which goes to show just how talented a sprinter Greg is himself. When you have a world class sprinter leading out another world class sprinter, that’s tough to beat! Greg’s final sprint to launch Ben was 11 seconds long at 1015 watts average, at 39.7mph!!!! Considering that most riders are happy just to generate over 1000watts for a single second, for Greg to do over 1000 in the last 11 seconds ON TOP of the previous 34 seconds? WOW.
Congratulations Ben, Greg and all of Team Sky from us at TrainingPeaks. We are proud to work with you!