Rohan Dennis flew around turns in the perfect Dutch weather. What an amazing record-setting ride! I grabbed a screen capture of Dennis as he powered his way to the finish line to become the only rider inside a quarter hour (click on the image for a larger view).
Dennis was an aerodynamic thing of beauty on his bicycle. Our prediction was much too slow, as seen below.
- Stage 1: 14' 56" (actual), 16' 38" (prediction), 01' 42" slow (11.38% error)
We're not happy with our first prediction, but it was hard not feeling anything but awe while watching today's first stage. Check out the winner's average speed below.
- Stage 1: 15.40 m/s (55.45 kph or 34.45 mph)
I can't image going that fast on a bike, much less doing it for 15 minutes. Great ride, Rohan Dennis!
Tomorrow's 166-km (103-mi) flat stage picks up in Utrecht and heads southwest in the Netherlands to the artificial island of Neeltje Jans. Below is our prediction.
- Stage 2: 3h 45' 51" (prediction)
If we are much too slow tomorrow, we'll have to rethink how much cyclists and their equipment have improved over last year.