Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cyclist Feldman reigns at World Masters

In Belgium

Ketchum’s Richard Feldman atop the world podium in Belgium. Courtesy photo

Ketchum's Richard Feldman, Durance-Colnago, raced to his sixth Master World Time Trial Championship Friday in Stavelot, Belgium. The second fastest rider was from Slovenia, and the gap was 34.94 seconds.

The 20-kilometer (12.4 miles) featured two tunnels, three climbs, and three descents. On one descent Feldman hit 80.3 kph (49.62 mph). He nearly had the best time of all the cyclists.

Feldman, 42, said Monday, "I would have had the fastest time of the day, but I crashed on the final set of S turns. The problem was that it was raining, and I came into the corner at a different angle and speed than I had trained for.

"During the race, you are allowed to use the whole road, and during training, of course, you have to stay in the right lane. Nevertheless, I had the fourth fastest time of the day, and easily lost 21 seconds because of the crash."

On Sunday, Feldman came in fourth in the 107k (66.13-mile) world road race. The course featured seven climbs.

"This is a 1k climb, with an average gradient of 11%, and one spot where it is 20%. The race was incredible. Racing in Belgium, in the World Championships, there are 20 guys around you, all equally strong, all laying it on the line, and everyone is going full tilt. It was probably one of the hardest races I've ever done," he said.

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.