This weekend Bend will play host to the annual High Dessert Omnium Stage Race. It's not by any means a "big" race but it is a great tune up race for the Cascade Cycling Classic (CCC) Stage Race. It's a mostly local race with a few Washington and Idaho rides makng the trip over as well. The TT and Road Race courses are almost identical to what will be in the CCC, so I will be using the TT course in the HD Omnium race to gauge the power output/HR to use during the CCC. I will be opting to use my power tap wheels vs. super light wheels even though the course consists of a 4.5 mile climb (3-6%) to begin and then 4.5 mile descent to the finish.
Today consists of a criterium and TT race and Sunday will conclude with the 60-mile road race. I may decide to wear the helmet cam during the crit today to get some sweet footage. Could be risky, however. Stay tuned to find out what I decide. Should have today's results posted later this evening.
Weather looks great for racing with temps in the high 70's and lots of sun. The wind seems to be minimal at the moment , but that could change quickly.