Kjell Carlstrom (pictured to the left) on the Liquigas pro tour team described the first 90 minutes of today's Stage 4 as "like a Tour de France start. Flat out. Really intense. It was quite hard. There will be a lot of tired guys tonight." Click here to listen to the full interview with Kjell Carlstrom.
Kjell Carlstrom provided his day's race file tracked with his SRM power meter and uploaded to TrainingPeaks. Click here to view Kjell's race.
Once again, Team Saxo Bank's Gustav Larsson has uploaded his SRM power meter to TrainingPeaks and provided his File Viewer link to provide a glimpse into the effort and power required to race today's stage. View Gustav's race here. Or download his original SRM file to further analyze on your desktop in TrainingPeaks WKO+.
Basically, what the chart means is that today's (2/18/09) Stage 4 was really hard and taxing on the body, but not quite as tough as Stage 3.
In addition to Gustav's and Kjell's race files, Rory Sutherland riding for OUCH presented by Maxxis, has once again provided his data complete with GPS giving a complete map and elevation of the route. Rory rides with a wireless SRM paired with a Garmin Edge 705, both of which are compatible with TrainingPeaks. With the climbing in Stage 4 more than 12,000 feet (3,700 meters), it's amazing to look at Rory's file and imagine riding all those mountains in under 5 hours at an average speed of 24 mph (39 kph) with an average of 309 watts Normalized Power the way he did today. And as Rory's coach Adnan Kadir commented, "It's worth noting that there was 995 meters (3,264 feet) of elevation gain in the first hour and the average speed was still over 40kph (25 mph)."
To see Rory’s File Viewer and download his SRM power file visit: http://www.trainingpeaks.com/sw/M4TQ2QAWX3IWBYQHKXB5MDOTI4
Read Dirk Friel's article on Velonews.com analyzing Kjell's, Larsson’s and Sutherland’s races. And find race files from everyday of the Tour of California on TrainingPeaks.com.