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Against the Clock Pain and Racing Speed

Hot, Hot, HOT and Hilly: National Championships 2013

Day 1: Time Trial 14:50 It’s one third power, one third technique and one third what goes on in your head. I’ll put confidence as something into the last category. Returning to the familiar 9.5km (~6mi) course in the blistering heat and wind swept roads just outside of Sliven meant two things – I was […]

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Against the Clock Pain and Racing Speed

The Best Feeling in the World: Club Championships Time Trialing 2013

No, not yet. For the hundredth time today I glanced at the clock and I still had hours to go. Having too much free time is not all it is cracked up to be. It was a Wednesday, or more precisely May 15th, 2013. Why is this important? If you are to ask any of […]

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Against the Clock Pain and Racing Speed

Tijdrijders Cup 2013: Rhythm and Wind

Dutch weather can be described in three words – Warm, Windy, and Rainy – pick any two. Last Sunday was one of those few warm days, although it was windy…quite windy 25-30kph; 17-19mph). In any case weather was cooperating for the most part for me to open my time trialing season with my first priority race. First a lot of kudos […]

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Pain and Racing Speed The Training Hours

Race Day Secret: Course Recon

Did you ever hear that story about this broker/banker person who went to prison because he shared inside information with investors/stock holders? Even if you didn’t, the take home message is that having such “inside information” is a big advantage. When it comes to cycling knowing the race course is invaluable. Especially for time trialing […]

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Against the Clock Pain and Racing Speed The Training Hours

Time Trialing – Variable Pacing

Air resistance and wind are the nemeses of every cyclist. However, both can be used to your advantage in a time trial for free. The faster you go the more mother nature tries to push you back. In simple terms, an average sized cyclist on a TT bike will need to produce 10W more to […]

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Against the Clock Equipment Pain and Racing Speed The Training Hours

Time Trialing – Power, Position, and Pacing

Time Trialing and YOU A good time trial takes three things: Power, Position, and Pacing. When I did my first time trial, I was psyched. I had a true time trialist power profile, I had worked hard, I practiced riding with aerobars, had a cool looking helmet. Fifteen minutes into the race I got passed […]