Race Report: 2014 Foothills Classic Road Race Cat.4

This was the second race of the season, I had a blast but made some poor tactical decisions.

  • Foothills Road Race
  • Piedmont, Alabama
  • Sunday April 6th, 9:20am
  • Cat 4, 16/27 40 miles
  • Day before weight 162.5
  • Cloudy, chance of rain and a little cooler than expected
Another race defined by my eating habits on Saturday.
I ate way too much Saturday and had a very hard time getting restful sleep. Day of breakfast was a sweet potato, one sausage patty and one egg. I also had some carrots. I had the same thing as my earlier race where I had heartburn the first 15-30 minutes. I think maybe I’ll try to race on just coffee?
The race was at a civic center with full locker rooms! It was easily the best set-up I’ve seen. Very comfortable and accomidating.
I wore bib shorts, my red jersey, arm warmers, neck gaiter and gloves to start as well as a plastic grocery back under my jersey. It was cool and threatening rain. I had half a low-calorie gatorade and a banana before the start, For the race I had a 16oz coke and a full water bottle as well as a clif-bar.
My legs felt tired and sore, I had only really riden my fixed gear all week and I think I was just fatigued. Still riding just 1 hour a day so I think maybe the recovery from eating too much was the main issue. It was also a little colder, windier and had some rain that may have made me a little bit more fatigued than expected. Didn’t have any early legs but may also have needed to warm up a little more. Only did maybe 10 minutes of warm-up.
The roads were kind of rough in the middle section and it was much more up and down than the course profile suggested. Lots or rollers with a few steep but short bits. There was also a fair bit of chip seal and rough sections. Especially right near the mid-point there was a chip seal hill that had seen some rain and was very wet. My rear tire kept slipping while trying to climb standing. Tire pressure was around 100 psi, maybe go lower if it might rain or there was rain on the course?
I had a lot harder time staying in the middle/front of the pack. Not sure why but I was much less comfortable than the previous week at the GGP. Need to work on putting in the effort early to stay near the front and benefit from the draft.
There was one hill that just killed me as well, I think it was that little guy up there after the 21ish mile mark. I ended up staying in my big ring since it got so steep so fast and looked short but it really cooked my legs.
Managed to stay with the pack until about the halfway point where the wheel I was drafting started falling back and I just wasn’t looking up the road enough to notice so we both got dropped. Rotated with two other riders to the finish and then took off a little more than 1k out. I really felt my heart rate get up there and felt awesome, now I actually need to get to the finish with the pack and try it out from there.
Afterwards I rode for a little less than an hour. That area of Alabama is really beautiful. Although I did get chased by three different dogs.
One of my favorite parts of the state.


Here’s a link to some excellent photography of the race by Philip Darden: http://www.philiciousness.com/foothills-classic-road-race-2014/

Here’s a link to a race report for the 2014 Masters 40+ 4/5  by Dave Purinton: http://alabamawheelmen.org/2014-foothills-classic-road-race/

Here’s a link to a race report for the 2013 P1/2 by Brian Toone: http://toonecycling.wordpress.com/2013/04/23/2013-sunny-king-criterium-and-foothills-road-race/



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