POWERFILE REVIEW: Dan Fleeman's West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League (1st Round)...Read How He Won.

Sep 18, 2012


Having not raced cyclo-cross properly since I was 16 I was not quite sure what to expect when I entered the first round of the West Midlands Cyclo-Cross League on Sunday.  I decided it would be cool to use a powermeter and post it online to show everyone what the demands are of a grassroots race that anyone can ride.  It is cool to look at files from Pro-Tour races but not everyone can ride these races unlike the local Cyclo-Cross races which anyone can enter and race.

I decided to start fast and establish a lead from the outset, after getting a lead off the line one rider came past me along the start straight but I didn’t panic and slipped in behind him for the first 300 meters then as we past the start finish straight I kicked again going into the corner and started to open a small gap.

After a couple of minutes we hit the “small ring climb” that I had been warned about.  Never one to shirk a challenge I powered up in the big ring and established a much larger gap.  The first 5min I recorded 449w Normalised Power (6.8w/kg) and the entire first lap was 415w (6.3w/kg).  This gave a healthy lead of 1 minute 15 and more or less won me the race in that opening effort baring a crash or mechanical problems.

I then settled into a pace that was just below threshold for the next 50 minutes which included riding the “small ring climb” in the big ring every lap (roughly 92% of my Functional Threshold Power) and was able to do 6 very consistent laps without ever putting myself under too much pressure and winning by 2 minutes in the end.

I really enjoyed riding the race and plan to do several more this winter as it is mentally an easy way to get an hour of sub-threshold work with several bursts under race conditions for road or MTB riders or for the serious cross riders it is what they have been training for all summer.

See you at the races.

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