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1 George Hincapie
2 TeJay Van Garderen
3 Tom Danielson
23 Rory Sutherland 0:00:45
Rory Sutherland's SRM Data
Total Time = 5:27
TSS = 266
Average Power = 231 watts
Normalized Power* = 280 watts
Avg HR = 137 bpm
Max HR = 180 bpm
Mean Maximal 1-minute power = 493 watts
Max Maximal 5-minute power = 407 watts
Mean Maximal 20-minute power = 371 watts
Avg Cadence = 85 rpm
Avg Speed = 23.8 mph
Elevation Gain= 8642 feet
Rory rode to a stellar 23rd place today in the Queen stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, finishing in the yellow jersey group only 23 seconds back on the winner George Hincapie. Today’s stage was absolutely epic with two MASSIVE climbs, Cottonwood and Independence Pass, and Cottonwood was all gravel for the 13 miles. Rory rode well on the Cottonwood pass and averaged 280 watts normalized (3.7 w/kg) for the 58 minute climb and saved his energy for the big final climb up Independence Pass. For the entire 49 minute climb, he averaged 345 watts normalized (4.5 w/kg), but when the attacks begin with 4.5 miles to go, Rory really shined! He rode at 418 watts(5.5 w/kg) for nearly 4 minutes in order to make the select front group of climbers. From there to the top of the climb he averaged 392 watts normalized (5.1w/kg) in order to make it right behind the very best climbers in the world. Remember that this was done between 10,000 and 11,400’ of elevation! We normally see a 10-15% decrease in power from wattages at sea level and to see these incredible numbers only means that Rory rides extremely well at altitude and can also really crack out big numbers at sea level!
File Analysis by Hunter Allen, Co-Author of "Training and Racing with a Power Meter" and Co-Developer of TrainingPeaks WKO+ analysis software. Browse Hunter Allen's training plans on TrainingPeaks.com.
Thank you to UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling and Rory Sutherland for allowing us to share race data and provide analysis on today's stage.
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