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2013-05-08 4:36 PM

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Subject: Victoria Day Duathlon - Subaru Series

Hello everyone

Doing this event for the first time this year 

Any input for this venue would be helpful - I heard it is 'rolling' all the way

I have done many other Subaru MSC Canada events but never this venue

A race for me this year is Muskoka Half IM 

Happy Training

Jean 



2013-05-08 9:14 PM
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Hey Jean, I've never raced this, but I live in KW and know that end of the city well... for the bike, very very hilly and its a lot of down one-right up the next kind of rolling.  The bike is very intense for sure. Also the road quality near the transition zone especially is not fantastic, so just be expecting that.  All that being said, the scenery is lovely, and you're likely to see a few horse-and-buggies out that way.  They usually keep to the shoulders, so horse poo should not be a factor.  Lots of Mennonites in that part of the county.  Best wishes for a great race!
2013-05-08 9:21 PM
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Yeah, I've done this one three times I think and I am always surprised at the hills on the bike course - it's still early in the season to not have that much outdoor riding done so the sudden hills can sting.  Always seems like a pretty competitive crowd but also friendly so don't worry about it - being the first event on the schedule makes everyone enthusiastic. 

The weather is quite variable - from scorching hot to cool and windy so plan accordingly with the weather forecast.  And there are aid stations on the run but not on the bike. 

And Pilot_e is right - there are some beautiful views and often there are Mennonite families or children watching the racers pass by their farms which is cool. 

The run is has a gradual climb on the way out but isn't complicated.

2013-05-09 5:37 AM
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Thank you both - drove that part of KW several times but never specifically on those roads

As for competition, this one will be like Milton I imagine - lots of it

Will see and will keep you all posted

Hope to see that Red Bike flying by me ...

Jean 

2013-05-09 6:53 AM
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LOL... i know better than to ride that part of waWerloo County!  I'm a lazy lazy woman.
2013-05-14 3:06 PM
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See you there.....just signed up.... I am a complete "newbie" to the duathlon events.  As I completed my registration I went through a bit of a panic attack.  Good luck on May 20th.


2013-05-14 4:15 PM
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Alrighty then for those coming - hope we have nice weather - don't mind the rain but no wind please...

Going for a Brick Work-Out shortly

Got to get the engine ready...

Happy Training

Jean 

2013-05-14 10:01 PM
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Jean... this is part of the Waterloo Cycling Clubs normal training route... so believe me it's got hills, and LOTS of them.

Coming out of transition, you will have a nice easy downhill to Erbsville Road, turning right on to Erbville Road (actually in the little berg of Erbsville) you will be greeted by a nice wide paved shoulder, but you won't be breathing easy for long, as the hills begin just out of town. First is a nice little grade, followed quickly by a steep little climb.

After this climb, you will begin a little grade, but don't get carried away, because you will come to a right turn. These roads do have a "bike lane", but it's narrow, so expect to be passing people in the live lane. You will still be heading slightly down hill after the turn. You will come to a very steep downhill followed by an even steeper uphill. Get as much speed as you can on the downhill, as it makes that uphill much easier. After cresting that first hill, you will again have a steep downhill followed by a massive uphill. After that second uphill though, you will make a left turn onto HessenStrasse. This has a little grade up after the corner, followed by a long grade down to the first crossroad 2 or 3 km away. After that crossroad, things start going up... and up... and up. This is a long, climb of about 1 km not steep but sapping. Cresting that hill, you will be greeted with an equally long downhill. Just before the next crossroad is a little hill, but you should be able to crest that easily.

Save your legs though, because now you will be hit by another long up hill... and another long downhill, followed by a couple little rollers. At the 8-9 km mark, you have a nice long flatish section to the turn around. Now you have to do everything the other way... and these hills are pretty nasty going in this direction... but could have a helping wind. That's the other thing... generally the wind is from the west, but lately it's been South or South-East, so make note of the wind direction and gauge your efforts accordingly.

Safe racing everyone!



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2013-05-15 6:13 AM
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Thank you Bopper for this detailed information

Now the debate - 'tri bike or road bike?'

Don't like tri-bars on road bike and climbing with a tri bike is - well - less than optimal

I'll get both ready and see how I feel on the weekend

Thank you again and Happy Training

Jean 

2013-05-16 5:54 AM
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Great description from Bopper.    A very challenging but fun route.   I would definitely take a road bike over tri-bike.   The old route had a lot more flat section where the benefits of the tri bike might outweigh the road bike.   

Maybe someday I'll register for the event.  

2013-05-16 3:38 PM
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Jean, that's a tough choice... because you're going to have a fair bit of fast downhills where it's advantageous to use aero bike. There are some wide open areas too, and with any wind, being in the aero bars would help you. However, there is a significant amount of climbing and some of those hills are quite steep. I have only ridden a tri bike once, so I'm not an expert by any means, but if you can gain speed in the aero position that will help you up the next hill, then maybe it's worth it.

Tough choice, but you'll do fine on either. Have fun!

 

ps... just heard forecast... there is a chance of showers for Monday, so factor that in as well. 



2013-05-16 6:53 PM
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Thank you all

Both bikes are ready - Did a lovely 70 k hilly ride yesterday with a friend of mine who suffered a spinal cord injury a few years ago - On his hand cycle he hit 82.8 kph down Bell School Line in Milton - I hit 74.2 kph and had to slow down... 

So I guess I am ready for some speed on Monday - Rain or Shine - I'll adjust as required

Bike choice - we will 'tri'...

Happy Training

Jean 

2013-05-17 7:06 AM
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Have a great race, Jean!
2013-05-21 8:42 AM
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So, how was it?

It was a warm day ... but awesome if they still had the barbecue truck there - at least for afterwards!
2013-05-21 11:39 AM
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Hello everyone - thank you for the updates / words of wisdom - no food truck

It was hot - very hot
1- used tri bike
2- one of the fastest bike split in age group 45-49; 52:04 on bike; crappy run - 19:04 and 20:51
3- averaged 36kph on bike and 67 kph top speed
3- finished 94 out of 341; 18 out of 41 in age group
4- food - as always - was great
5- ambience - as always very entertaining
6- as always, never enough water on the course, especially on hot days; does not matter on the distance; most of us struggled at the 2k mark (2nd run) as no shade on the return - water at 3k surely gave me wings...

Fortunately - two teammates had good finishes 2nd in ladies 35-39 and 5th in men 45-49; he beat me by a few seconds on the bike but the run time - let's not talk about it ...

Just like Milton - all the top racers showed up so the set paces were fast

Will do more brick workouts after I work 60+ hours per week - I almost forgot ... how do these fellows (AKA fitness machines) in the 45-49 AG do it - yeah right a) established, b) have money, and c) have time

Can't comment on any of the 3...

See you in Milton on June 2nd and good luck to the lucky ones who will do Woodstock this weekend; got to get in the wetsuit...

Happy Training

Jean

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