Sun Devil Criterium – February 5, 2017
I made the decision to race the Sun Devil Criterium, held on Arizona State University’s campus late in the week. That I am an alumnus of ASU’s arch rival, the University of Arizona, did not weigh in my decision – much. But I did think about racing incognito in case one of my Wildcat peers saw me.
I had trained hard Monday through Wednesday, in anticipation of a trip to Newport Beach to visit my dear mother. Flying with bikes is an expensive pain, so I thought two days off, if I could get in a recovery spin on a stationary bike at a gym, would not be too damaging to my training. My legs were toast after a day of climbing South Mountain twice and two more days of longish rides on my mountain bike due to the drivetrain problems on my road bike. And there was a race last Sunday that I would rather forget about, so I had four hard days in a row. I was waiting for a new chain to arrive and riding the mountain bike, though it is carbon and pretty light, was an eye opening and leg “sore-ing” experience.
A Quick Aside About the Road Bike And The Broken Chain Saga Of The Santa Catalina Omnium
The chain, a SRAM PC-991, broke at the PowerLink. And it was my fault. Part of the reason that I had been using the SRAM chain is that it can be easily removed for cleaning. I tend to keep my driveline very clean. What I did not know is that the PowerLink is not meant to be reused. I had removed that chain at least twice so that link was indeed the weak one. So all my rather vocal “never again” about SRAM chains made me feel a little sheepish.Read More