Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Evelyn Stevens went to Colorado Springs on Thursday with coach Neal Henderson and confidant Davis Phinney for an hour record training session focused on both her body and her mind. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
The velodrome in Colorado Springs was covered last fall, and can now be used for training year-round. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Davis Phinney, a close friend of Stevens’s, gives the two-time U.S. national time trial champion a push to begin one of her six efforts. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Stevens ramped up slowly throughout the day. Her first effort was performed at 40kph, her last at 50. On Saturday, she will shoot for 48.159km, Jeannie Longo’s hour record, which is actually not recognized by the UCI as the current best mark. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
After each session, Henderson took Stevens’s blood lactate levels. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Waiting for the results to come in. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Phinney was on hand for moral and mental support. The mental aspect of the hour record is vital. Stevens asked Phinney for advice throughout the day. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Stevens, waiting for mechanics to change the gear on her Specialized Shiv. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
A bit of Coke between sessions. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
A blood oxygen sensor sends data via a wireless transmitter to Henderson’s laptop. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Waiting. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Chatting with Phinney between sessions. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Henderson mounts a GoPro to the back of his electric motorcycle, which is used to pull Stevens along at her target pace without requiring her to put in a full effort. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
A Specialized Shiv with track dropouts. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
The final session was done behind a moto, to simulate hour record pace. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
The new dome over the Colorado Springs track allows for year-round training. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Phinney moves Stevens’s TT bike. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Stevens will need to ride over 145 laps to beat Jeannie Longo’s record of 48.159km. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Cruising at 48kph. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Stevens and those around her are confident she can beat the record. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Henderson gathers numbers of all sorts, but also asks how each effort felt. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Lots of technology in use. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
A wireless transmitter, the oxygen sensor, and Stevens’s very own 4G hotspot. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
At 120 pounds, Stevens will shoot for around 270-290 watts during her hour record attempt. Henderson wouldn’t provide a precise figure. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
No brakes on the Shiv. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com
Hour record training with Evelyn Stevens
Stevens can use a Garmin and see her power during training, but she can’t during the attempt. So she must learn to really on lap times. Photo: Caley Fretz | VeloNews.com