Any tips for 10 TTs
Sit high in the road on declines and when you have a tailwind so you build up a good queue of cars behind you. Then let them through when the road rises or turns into the wind. They’ll all slow down to swear at you and cut you up real tight, but it’s worth it for the slipstream they create.
(and yes, I’m serious) ;o)Posted 6 years ago
Warm up loads!.. to the point that you’re sweating
I do a gradual 30mnis then 4 x 90secs at race pace (my level 4 HR which is 172)
I have learnt from experience. My 1st one i did I didn’t warm up, went out too fast and paid for it the whole way.
I find building gradually helps and i’m stronger on the latter half of the course. The last mile is all out!Posted 6 years agobig_n_daftMember
recce the course
20 min turbo warm up
be at start 2 mins before time
don’t start too hard, HR lags effort so too easy to go too hard at the start, control the start effort/ wind up
2 mins in you should be at target HR/ effort, focus on maintaining rythm and speed
be aware of cars
small red rear light advisable
don’t be upset when the pensioner starting 5 mins later than you passes you before the turn
shout your number when you pass the timekeeperPosted 6 years agohelsMember
I was going to say don’t take it too seriously but suspect that ship has sailed.
What course you doing is the ERC Kirky one ? Thought you had to join the club for that or have they lowered their standards…
I believe vomming on the bars is the done thing George ! Don’t worry about swallowing it back unless it’s early in the race takes 20 mins to absorb the calories so you won’t need them.Posted 6 years agowartonMember
So what would be a fairly good time on a relatively flat, relatively wind free course?
I think thats bit harsh! if its your first time aim to do sub 30 (you should do If you have pretty much any fitness) and build from there. My first one was last year. I did a 28.40 odd.
last week I did a 25.07, hoping to get sub 24 this year…Posted 6 years agowinterfoldMember
“I think thats bit harsh! if its your first time aim to do sub 30 (you should do If you have pretty much any fitness) and build from there. My first one was last year. I did a 28.40 odd.”
No it isnt.
He asked what’s ‘a good time’. And got a good answer.
For a beginner I suggest beating 24 minutes or if over 40 beating your std time is a good effort.
That’s if you try hard enough – ie actually ride at your true threshhold for the first half, then 90% on the second half and balls (or equiv) out for the last mile.
My tip – get someone who is doing decent times eg less than 23 minutes to ride you at race pace on a course you can practice on. My guess is you will be surprised how harder the effort is than you thought, rather than how much power they put out…Posted 6 years agostevehSubscriber
Beating 24 minutes for a beginner is wholly over the top IMHO. If you can get under 30mins, averaging 20mph for the course then you’re doing pretty well. It takes a fair chunk of fitness just to do that, especially in general mtb riding terms as it’s a very different load/riding style.Posted 6 years ago
steveh – Member
Beating 24 minutes for a beginner is wholly over the top IMHO.
If he’s a beginner to road biking, perhaps, but a cyclist with a bit of experience and skill, on a flat course, cool night and no wind, I’d say 24 is a realistic target.
A fairly experienced roadie will have the skills/knowledge/roadcraft* to chop a minute off the time of a similarly fit mountain biker.
(*When to draft, when to put up a sail, how to stay out of the wind, where to save energy etc)Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
When to draft?? in a TT
are you a cheat?
I saw a rider in a TT drafting a (fast) tractor once. He admitted it straight away, in fact was very open about it and asked that his time not be recorded. When asked why he cheated he replied that it wasn’t cheating cos he’d owned up to it straight away and besides, he’d been having such fun averaging 35mph that he was quite prepared to DQ himself from the event!Posted 6 years ago
Well that was quite possibly the most painful 29 minutes and 30 seconds I’ve spent on a bike. Warmed up pretty well yet still managed to go lactic in the first mile. Winning time was 24 minutes odd and I wasnt last so I am fairly pleased with my efforts. I can see a new addiction coming on right enough.Posted 6 years ago
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