Today’s TT at Merco was cool on multiple levels.
1. Live-ish Coverage: It wasn’t like the near life like twitter stream from @regulorry and Josh Glazier but the Live Timing feed providing updates as riders crossed the line was pretty sweet. Check it out http://www.live-timing.com/race2.php?r=39325
2. Women’s World Showdown: The heavy hitters were in the house and they came to party. Kristin Armstrong KILLED IT with a time that would have gotten her top 20 in the men. Her time was nearly a minute faster than Clara Hughes and Evelyn Stevens, both of whom could be on the podium with her at the London Olympics. Score another one for Armstrong in the head-game that is called “OLYMPIC SELECTION SHITSHOW.”
3. Evan Huffman: I’m not sure anybody saw this coming. We all know the kid is good, but HOLY BABY JEEBUS. What a ride. Huffman won over a handful of older more experiences pro’s who were left scratching their heads why these Cal Giant kids come out of no where each spring and take their lunch money. Huffman demonstrated tactical skill that many cyclists overlook when they tackle time trials relying on past experience to give him an edge.
“It was pretty similar conditions to last year in that it was a headwind on the way out and tailwind on the way back. Because of that I went out a little harder than I normally like to, but I think that was the fastest way to ride the course. I was really struggling in the middle to keep the power up, but apparently I was able to keep the speed up. It was a great ride, but my power actually wasn’t any better than what I’ve been doing in training so I didn’t think I had done that well immediately after finishing.”
Huffman was realistic but optimistic about his chances to defend the jersey in the coming days. “Defending the leader’s jersey is going to be really difficult, but I think it can be done. Patrick Bevin is obviously the biggest threat because any time bonus will put him back in the lead. I’m not too nervous. I’m super fit and have a lot of confidence in my teammates. We’re going to do the best we can.” With an unexpected loss in the TT the Bissell squad is going to be looking to put the hurt on the field in tomorrow’s McDonalds Downtown Grand Prix.
For more info on Huffman and his win check out the Cal Giant Cycling article by Podium Insights Lyne Lamoreaux
Coverage of the 2012 Merco Credit Union Cycling Classic presented by Mercy Medical Center
- Day 1 Mercy Medical Center Merced Irrigation District (MID) Road Race
- Day 2 Merced Boosters Time Trial
- Day 3 McDonalds Down Town Grand Prix
- Day 4 Hilltop Ranch Road Race
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