Calaveras Time Trial
Promoter: Fremont Freewheelers
Course Description: A 10 mile, out and back time trial. The first 4 miles relatively flat (but lumpy). When you cross the bridge at mile 4 it starts climbing until you reach the turnaround point.
Distances: 10 miles for everybody
Road Surface: Generally good pavement.
Gearing: Standard TT gearing works for this course. Many people will happily stay in the big chain ring for the climb to the turn around.
Facilities: Porta cans at registration and one at the start area. There is also a market and at least one restaurant within a few hundred yards of registration if you want food and drink.
Weather: I don’t think I’ve ever seen it hot for this race. Cool with a breeze is more likely.
Rules Specific to this race: Of course there is no drafting in time trials.
Race Advice: Settle into your tempo as quickly as possible. I prefer to exercise my rear derailleur for the small rollers rather than try to keep powering the same gear over them. You want to have something in the tank for the 1 mile climb to the turn around. This section is a good place to bury yourself. You will have an opportunity to recover on the descent and then settle back into your pace for the last four miles.
The descent is pretty easy and can be taken in the aero bars EXCEPT FOR ONE CORNER. Pay attention on the way up and you’ll see it. After the turn around, you first make a shallow left turn. Your next turn is a right turn and it is deceptive. It is a decreasing radius right turn that can sneak up on you if you’re not paying close attention to looking up the road. I found myself in the wrong lane coming out of this corner once. Not a good thing!
Also, when you get to the bottom, pay attention to the intersection of Geary Road. The marshalls do a good job, but as always, it’s a good idea to pay attention and look for cars doing something dumb. There aren’t enough Chipotle coupons in the world to risk a broken collar bone (or much worse)!
Also, keep in mind that much of the prize list usually consists of Chipotle coupons! What’s better than a nice, post-race recovery burrito?!