Canadian GC contender Rob Britton is currently racing the Tour of California with his Lezyne sponsored Rally Cycling team. Throughout the event, Rob will send us the ride data he records using his Lezyne Super GPS computer. Then, with the help of our GPS Root website, we will analyze his performance and interview Rob for exclusive insight into the numbers of a WorldTour stage race.
By The Numbers With Rob Britton: Stage 1
- Lezyne: Stage 1 was mainly flat and fast, with an average speed close to 28 miles per hour and a “crit like” circuit at the end. Did the team’s crit experience help out against the WorldTour squads?
Rob: Ha! Yeah, it was pretty fast and furious all day. Doing crits in the US helped for sure—just being comfortable taking the corners at speed and knowing when and how to help move our guys around helped.
- Lezyne: Your max power during the stage was hit amid the closing circuits. Were you helping in the leadout or moving up to keep a safer position?
Rob: I was helping a bit with the leadout, but with GC goals for the week, I just tucked in the final lap and made sure to finish in good positioning and not get caught behind any silly gaps.
- Lezyne: For a climber / GC rider this was probably an easier stage for you, but your max heart rate for the day came in the final sprint. Is that normal at the end of a sprint stage even though you weren’t sprinting for a result?
Rob: These stages are actually the hard ones for us. Were not built for high-speed sprints, and even though there are only a handful of guys going for the line EVERYONE will hit their max HR on a day like that–especially when the normalized power is 400 Watts!