UCLA Road Race

UCLA Road Race

On Sunday, February 12, I raced the 2006 UCLA Road Race held in the Mojave desert, northeast of Los Angeles. Two years ago I got third in this event (in Mens Bs), but this time, I had no such luck. Unfortunately, prior to this race, it had been probably three weeks since I went for a ride as long as the race, due to sickness & other distractions. I simply don’t have the endurance right now that I need to have. I ended up getting dropped a couple times, chasing back on, but finally getting dropped for good and doing the final lap alone. I got 20th place, which wasn’t last place, but it is a regression from the 3rd I got before.

If you go to the Motionbased.com link, just beware that the heart rate information is unreliable. There were some power lines over the course that messed with the heart rate reception the whole time. My teammate Adam (who got an excellent 2nd place) reported that his speedometer, which uses wireless transmission like my HR monitor, didn’t work at all for much of the course.

Below is the Google Earth view of my ride. You can download the KML file for this ride if you feel so inclined.

UCLA Road Race
My GPS tells me that I climbed 1,820 meters over the four laps of this race, which I believe. This is a tough course that somehow the above image doesn’t seem to show. The highest point on the course is 1,425 meters above sea level, so altitude plays an important role. Below is the elevation profile for the four laps. It’s pretty clear that this race is for the climbers.

UCLA Road Race Elevation Profile

One thing that is interesting to note is the black line just in front of the red line is part of the California Aqueduct system, which brings water all the way to LA through the high desert.

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