Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Power Data From Mt. Hood Cycling Classic

Pre-blog reading material to prepare you for what you are about to see:
Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit.

Younger Dr. Emmett Brown: [running out of the room] 1.21 gigawatts? 1.21 gigawatts? Great Scott!
Marty McFly: [following] What the hell is a gigawatt?

Dr. Emmett Brown: Marty, I'm sorry. But the only power source capable of generating 1.21 gigawatts of electricity is a bolt of lightning.
Marty McFly: [startled] What did you say?
Dr. Emmett Brown: A bolt of lighting. Unfortunately, you never know when or where it's ever gonna strike.
Marty McFly: We do now.
[hands Doc the "Save the Clock Tower" flyer]
Actual blog material:

Turns out I'm doing the Mount Hood Cycling Classic once again this year and my computer, with it's psychic ability, told me what I was going to do in the first stage. Amazing! What a computer!

Here's the power data from the first stage of the 2008 Mount Hood Cycling Classic. The red line is what the computer says I'm capable of and may have to produce one day when somebody invents tires able to handle that kind of power. The yellow line is what will be produced to win the first stage by a couple seconds.

Check out that five minute power! Considering that the world record to date is roughly somewhere just under 2,500 watts produced for less than one second, 390,000 watts for five minutes sounds like nothing more than just plain non-sense, but that is what will be required to win at Hood. Maybe that's 390,000 "perceived" watts? Yes, that sounds much more accurate huh? The "perceived" exertion at Hood goes up each year I've done it since the field keeps getting better and better. Last year it felt like I was doing 1.21 gigawatts and going 88 miles an hour, so I figure this year, it's going to require at least 123 mph to hold on to the group. Luckily we're staying at the Vagabond again and the neighboring Charburger will be prepared once again for our disgustingly large appetites (note the 112,959 calories burned on the stage in the bottom left of the picture).

Also, if you think this power data happens to look vaguely like the Emmett Roubaix event, you're waaaay off. See those zero's down below, that's proof!

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