Milwaukee Team Bike Time Trial 2011

This team bike time trial is part of the Great Lakes Multisport Expo.  The expo takes place January 29-30 at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin.  6000 West Ryan Road, Franklin, WI 53132.  In Charge is Cole Braun, founder of Racers Against Childhood Cancer.  Cole is a great person and has done a wonderful job organizing this great event in the past.

The expo is in its third year and the past two have been a huge success.  There are exhibitors selling everything from bikes, bike parts, shoes, swim suits, nutrition, and advertising races and rides across the country.  Two years ago they had a zero gravity treadmill.  You run with half a suit on and it takes away something like 90% of your bodyweight.  Designed for very high mileage and runners with injuries, it is like running in water but you are on a treadmill so there isn't the same drag.  In addition, there is an endless pool with video analysis and also a 5k run to start the expo. Last year Milwaukee elite triathlete Gwen Jorgensen went sub 17:00 to easily win the women's race.

The highlight is a team bike time trial on indoor computrainers. This always sells out.  There is also an individual bike time trial.  The individual is open to 64 riders and is approximately 10 miles long.  It costs $20 and includes entry into the Expo, t shirt, and you pick your time to ride between 10:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

The infamous team trial consists of a 30 minute time trial with a 15 minute change over period.  The course includes rolling hills and flats. This year there are supposed to be multiple team time trials with different numbers of riders (4 to 8) and also different lengths of time. This race is seriously fun to watch because you can see on the screen exactly where each team is.  The finish is the best part because everyone in the Expo gathers to watch and starts cheering for the second place person to chase down the leader. 

The race is usually close between Team Gear Grinder and IS Corp if I remember correctly.

If you can't make the expo, and want to experience a team time trial of your own, check out SBR Coaching in Verona.  .

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