The 2014 Winmington-Whiteface 50k is in the books. All the training that I put in starting in February paid off huge with the singlespeed win. I have often said that 50k is a nice distance for me. Last year I was 4th place at Whiteface and this year a win.
The race started out at 7:00 a.m. with nearly 400 100k and 50k racers and a shotgun start. It was cold, but short sleeves would do it. The first 5 miles of the course is a fast road ride warm up, followed by a ~3 mile climb that rewards you with a fast descent. Racing singlespeed, I just spun and spun and was warmed up pretty quick for the first climb. The bottom of the descent led us to the 50k turn around and to a very long, very stiff climb that hurt a bit. After a ridiculously fast descent as your reward from the climb, we then rode several rolling miles of dirt and pavement to the first section sweet, flowing single-track. After a few more road miles, we were then on the trail back to Whiteface, for two loops of dirt road climbs and single-track descending that doesn’t seem like much until you are there…riding it after riding the previous ~42k. There is a lot of dirt road with a fair amount of pavement mixed in on this course. There are fast descents and long steep climbs. There isn’t enough single-track, but what is there makes you grin from ear to ear while riding it…at least it did for me.
During my training for this race, I did everything right. Or at least I think that I did. I developed a workout plan that started in February, and I stuck to it. I tweaked my diet, not to what it should be, but far better than the last few years. And I added some Hammer Nutrition supplements that I hadn’t used before. The biggest single improvement was from adding Anti-Fatigue Caps to my fueling arsenal during training and racing. I couldn’t believe the difference after just one training ride. If there is one race that I was focused on for this season, it was the Wilmington-Whiteface race. Everything I have done so far this season, was mostly for this weekend, and it paid off.