Wasn't sure what to expect with this. Had the week off and thought it would be different to ride on the track. They were not clear on the racing aspect of things so I figured I could at least do some short L5 intervals.
Track is open from 5:30 to 7:30. Entry is $10. I heard the organizers clapping because they had reached 100 riders.
Turns out there is a circuit race. 6 laps around the track. Lots of VOS riders and a number of groups from local Monterey area teams.
First time up the hill was nice and easy and had no trouble staying with the group. Going down the corkscrew was fast. A little sketchy with lots of movement but was able to stay with the group easily. Speed picked up but no problem staying on the wheels. Even closed a gap or two to stay with the front group.
Next time up the hill the pace was up. I went closer to the front before the steep part. Drifted back through on the climb. Worked hard but stayed within myself. Just off the back of the first group at the top. I figured no problem catching back on down the corkscrew and flats. Wrong!
Should have worked harder to stay with the group. Oh well. Worked hard and stayed close to the group for a lap or two, after that they must have ramped it up because I lost sight.
Picked off several riders. Hooked up with one guy and we worked through to the finish. Basically rode at threshold and then busted it up the hill. Never blew up and keep the watts steady on the hills. Here is the data.
Work: 752 kJ
TSS: 80.4 (intensity factor 1.103)
Norm Power: 364
Distance: 13.381 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 1020 316 watts
Good fun and worth the drive. They do this once per month through the Summer. I asked and they said they will continue with the circuit race format.