2018 Road Racing
A continuation from the previous thread.. with the points resetting tomorrow it seemed a fitting time to introduce a new thread.
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So last year I managed to get my third cat and reach 5.0w/kg, my only objectives, on a Chinese Cervelo R5 look-a-likey. I didn’t race 25% of what I intended originally due to leaving my job without another to go to, starting a mental new one and became ill for my 3 targeted races!!
This season I’ve not yet set any specific aims, nor even started looking at piecing together a training plan. This is because of two reasons:
1) I’ve just bought a house in Tunbridge Wells that was stuck in the 1980s, so most of my free time (and spare money) will be DIY’ing for at least the first few months of the year. My attendance at Hillingdon is questionable too!
2) I’m also switching from a standard/traditional cyclist diet of carbs on carbs, to a Keto diet with less than 50g of carbs a day. This has temporarily (hopefully) killed my cycling abilities making my power curve as flat as a pancake.
However I’m intending to visit some local tracks for a few races, join a local road club and try at least one TT event on my converted road bike this season. Modest objectives, but Zwift will be filling the gaps in!
What’re your aims/objectives/hopes for next season?
I’ll be heading to Hillingdon tomorrow to watch CH, anyone else racing/watching?Posted 8 months ago
Battling it out for pride in the points black hole tomorrow! I can’t race again until mid Jan so I’m keen to keep my eye in.
There’s only 16 pre-entered but hopefully a few more will brave it?
Forecast is good- overcast with light winds and plenty far above freezing to need any winter kit 😆
Goals for the year are 12 points perhaps with a win along the way??Posted 8 months ago
Goals for tomorrow are just to test my fitness and find my current limiters to add a bit of focus to my training.weeksySubscriber
I still have outdoors aspiration but currently know I’m too slow and too fat to do anything other than get dropped too early to enjoy it.
If there’s a thruxton series next year I’d like to try a race if I can get my fitness up and weight down. Hillingdon, not that bothered about.Posted 8 months ago
Retain second cat at a rate of greater than one point per race would be nice. Not racing today as I’ve been wobbly all week. Back next week for the E12 points harvest 😀
Other TT objectives are to race the National 24hr, beat my 12hr (267mi) and contest the BBAR – which means racing a 50 and a 100. Oh and try not to finish last in every bunch sprint I’ve been in.Posted 8 months ago
I’ve been in the breaks. And then seen them from the rear. I think chicken legs here needs to hit the gym not the bike! And it didn’t matter whether the race was a 3/4, 3, 2/3 or an E123, or our club Champs! The threshold stuff looks OK, but the power profile is definitely long-distance tester.Posted 8 months ago
Cheers Nath! And thanks for coming.
Not much to say really. Sat on or near the front all race and followed most moves. Then I countered hard and got a big gap. And waited. And waited. I considered going on but didn’t realise a) how far I’d got away and b) how slow the rest of the race would be.
Nothing much happened after that, just covered a few moves and tried once more but sat up when I realised I was towing everyone.
Dropped back purposefully from 2nd to about 5th with two to go and sprinted fairly well but not properly opened out and finished 8th.
It’s funny how the guys tapping out 320w in warm up are not always the threat they appear. Riding standard was ok but I was pleased not to touch my brakes once!
314w weighted and 280 odd average so a good session.
I’m excited for 2018 now 🙂Posted 8 months ago
Yeah, trying to draw on the positives, it was timed to perfection. Several guys had attacked and countered each other and everyone was in need of recovery. They were also not great through Brian’s so that was where I went.
The guy with the orange socks had been the biggest threat but in that pic above you can see he was sitting in recovering.
It was just a bit scary out in front in the wind 😆
Something to beast myself with in training until Jan I guess 😀Posted 8 months agoferralsMember
@crosshair: how do you find those prime wheels? Are they clinchers or tubs you have? Thinking they may be tub wheelset of choice for cx if I can save enough before next season, seem outstanding value and tub wheelset about 1250g
Now disks are allowed I might give a couple of races a go next spring/ summer on cx bike as I don’t think there will be enough xc races close to keep me interestedPosted 8 months ago
These are just clinchers ferals but I’m pleased with them. They were second hand and arrived nice and true. The hubs are great too- run for ages when spun compared to my Shimano ones.
Only downside is breaking performance but better pads should sort that. (I did order some but they sent normal ones by mistake and I haven’t swapped them yet).
They are my first carbon wheels so not much to compare with mind you….Posted 8 months ago
As CH was chuckling at me I was shouting to him (all be it not loud enough it appears) to get his head down and stick at threshold. He had a HUGE gap!
I’m thinking of getting some carbon disc clinchers for my commuter, that will no longer be used for commuting soon. As always I’ll be looking to the East: CHINESE WHEELS (They’re much cheaper via their app)Posted 8 months agoscaredypantsSubscriber
continuity – Member
These threads always seem to depress me a little.
5w/kg ftp to get started in cat 4?
I think that’s an overstatement – nath had about that, I think, and he got promoted but none of the other cat4s on here are close to that (are they ?)
(and I’d guess that a good sprint may be far more useful in flattish races – says the non-racer 😳 )Posted 8 months agojonbaMember
These threads always seem to depress me a little.
5w/kg ftp to get started in cat 4?
Doesn’t seem likely. Depends on the course and your ability to race. My zwift ftp puts me at about 330W 4.5W/kg. I’m more than comfortable in a 3/4 able to chase down people and make decisive moves (I’ve won a race etc.) . Happy in a 2/3/4 but need to think a bit more about where I use my energy and can’t just chase everything on my own.
To get round in a 3/4 you just need a bit of practice. You can hide in the bunch relatively easy if you know what you are doing and don’t get in the wind too much. I’d have thought a good smart racer with 5w/kg would be looking to win 2/3/4sPosted 8 months ago
@continuity – No, I started at like 4.5w/kg in my first race, but that was without any proper training. I did turn up believing I had 5w/kg though as my turbo trainer had lied to me 😆
@ferrals – Just got to do research into the supplier, most of these companies are trying to make a brand in their own rights. I can speak from experience my customer service support with two different Chinese suppliers has been WAYY better than PlanetX 😆 Just avoid any company that is making knock offs, these are the ones that give the reputable ones a bad name. Easy to spot as they will have have Cervelo/Pinarello branded bikes in their store.
But yeah even at 4.5-5w/kg I couldn’t race properly as didn’t trust my fellow cyclists so was often out in the wind. CH made a term for this called “Nathing” haha. I got slightly more trusting as the season progressed though, I do have the ability to ride in a pack – TiRed tested this out on me the other day, but I trust him 😆Posted 8 months ago
Continuity- w/kg has lots of flaws as a comparison. The Trainerroad podcast guys analogy is a good one so I’ll bastardise it a bit- FTP is your entry fee to the party. But your shorter duration power profiles are your spending money at the bar 😉
You can sit in the bunch at less than 200w. Closest I’ve got to that was about 220w at Thruxton. Then you just need enough juice to follow the occasional burst.
Hillingdon Cat 4 attracts strong racers it seems to me- I’ve Strava stalked loads of people’s races and 1300w (peak) sprints are regular occurrences.
I’ve made hard work of my first year I think. W/kg have gone from 3.2 to 3.7 and my 5s – 5min powers have gone through the roof. My biggest limiter I think was a stubborn refusal not to just sit in and bottling the Bunch sprints.
I always have to be at work the next day so every time I’m able to drive myself home is like ten points to me. But on the flip side, I’ve only been down once despite witnessing around 15 crashes.
It’s almost impossible to quantify how well anyone will do from their stats alone. Just try it if you want- nobody cares how shit you are or aren’t no matter how many 1500 word essays you write about it 😆Posted 8 months ago
Just been doing some ‘shoulda woulda coulda’ maths and my hunch is that I needed to ride at 106% ftp for 16minutes to have stayed away!
And my Normalised Power at that moment was already 105% ftp with a HR above Threshold.
Don’t feel quite as bad now….
Edit- a lap later would have been TiRed’s classic ‘6 laps to go’ attack and the maths would have been way more in my favour.Posted 8 months ago
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