Microsoft Band 2 Blog: Stage 4

Stage 4 presented by Visit California – Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A ‘Rolling’ Stage of the Amgen Tour of California

Stage 4 saw the elite men ride one of the most famed stretches of coastlines in California as they departed Morro Rock in Morro Bay for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey County. Stage 4 Presented by Visit California was classified as a ‘Rolling’ Stage, which understates the elevation gain of the stage.

Will Barta

Will Barta is strongest in Time Trials and climbs, and he would need to rely on all of his skills for Stage 4. Barta’s Microsoft Band 2 recorded 9,424 feet of Elevation Gain! If that elevation was contained in one mountain, it would be the 8th highest mountain in the state of California; but at the same time the Microsoft band recorded a maximum elevation of only 1,313 feet, this is why the stage is classified as a ‘rolling’ stage.

Will Barta Overview

Will Barta was riding in support of his teammate Nielson Powless, who despite the young age of 19 is holding onto the white jersey. The Axeon Hagens Berman team is also riding for Team General Classification, which they were in the lead of at the beginning of Stage 4 – an impressive feat for a development team. Reviewing Will’s Heart Rate data shows how competitive he was on the day reaching a heart rate of 177+ consistently throughout the day.

Will Barta's Heart Rate

All factor’s considered lead to a tough day for Will Barta who finished 10 Minutes down from the winner Peter Sagan, but Will Barta’s tough day was not in vain as his teammate shined on the climbs in Laguna Seca, and protected his GC and jersey aspirations. Axeon Hagens Berman has been one of the best stories of the Amgen Tour of California so far, and with more performances like this from Will Barta they will continue to be a top team in the race.

Will Barta is also a rebel – like myself. With his Microsoft Band only recording 28 minutes of UV Exposure he was likely wearing his Microsoft Band Backwards.

Travis MacCabe

Travis MacCabe

Travis’s list of Palmares indicate that he has an ability as a ‘roleur’ a cyclist who can handle the hills and still have a fast sprint. And Travis’s result of Stage 4 would confirm that he does indeed have the ability to compete with the best in the world over difficult terrain. Looking at Travis’s biometric data also indicates that he is in good form – with an average heart rate of 156 over the course he achieved a better placing than other riders who wore a Microsoft Band 2 - while exerting less effort, a trait that will benefit him in the future.

Travis MacCabe Heart Rate

Travis also reached a top speed of 56 Miles Per Hour! When you add up all of the data for Travis you see a rider who is cool under pressure, can handle high speeds with ease, and ultimately can put in a great performance with top riders. Watch out for Travis MacCabe in the future.