Or 27.6mph in non-cycling speak.
That is the average speed of the winning time in the women’s 16-mile time trial.
I predicted the winning time would be 46kmh.
I was wrong.
Kristen Armstrong – no surprise in her dominant win – has, in my defense, previously reached that average speed on a flat course. However, I forgot the roads are slow in this area. Foiled by the damn chip seal! I did not factor that in to my equation, so I was slightly off with her winning velocity. I did adjust it when the word trickled down what the fastest men were doing, and then I did say that Armstrong would be the only one to break 35 minutes. And I was right about that.
In second, 1:17 behind arguably the best female time trialer in the world, was my team mate Alison Powers (Now and Novartis for MS). It was a very solid ride from a very good, and often over-looked, cyclist who can also race against the clock with the best out there.
The new time trial course was a huge improvement, with a few rolling hills to make it slightly more entertaining than “pancake flat”. More like a blueberry pancake. It was still the classic, out-n-back course but the road was in better shape – no cracks and potholes like the previous course. Yes, the tarmac was not fast, and I can only imagine what the winning time would have been with smooth asphalt. Perhaps my first prediction of 46kmh would have been trounced?
Anyhow, when all was said and done and the bitter, impatient ranchers could again have access to their quiet, country road, Armstrong had served us a little taste of her pre-Olympic form. She now leads the overall by an insurmountable 2:23 over Powers.
Oh and me? Well I managed a fair ride and placed 8th. Not quite as good as my ride in the prologue, which had my teammates teasing me afterwards saying: “She’s 44 and she got 4th!”
Yes, I still can turn the ol’ legs over fast enough to pull out a decent result every once in awhile.