I rode my TT bike a lot and got second place at the Colorado State TT championships, aka first “muertazo“. Now if you’d like to learn more about what went into this, read on.
Time trialing is an art; it requires a fine balance of knowing when to put down power and when not to in order to achieve the fastest time/speed possible. For example, a steady power output will rarely give you the fastest time for a given course. Time trialing also kinda sucks because when done correctly, it hurst so damn much. Or as one local rider once told me,
“It’s a shit thing to be good at”.
So why do it?
So then I decided, ok, perhaps I should really give this TT thing a go. I will be eligible (aka, viejo enough), to race masters nationals in 2019. I looked at the results over the years and by using bestbikesplit, I was able to determine that I have a really good shot at getting on the podium. So I made Colorado State TT my A race this year.
“Hey, so … you ride your TT bike a lot huh?”
I didn’t think so, but looking back, I would say that on average I rode my TT bike about 2-3 times a week. That means doing your recovery rides, tempo, sweet spot, criss-cross and LT efforts on your TT bike.
I also paid closer attention to the details.
With regards to gear/equipment, that meant upgrading to Di2, getting an SRM and Ceramic Speed EVERYTHING.
A Vision disc and deep section front wheel are a must, which were paired with Vittoria Corsa Speed Tubulars, currently the fastest tested tire in the world, pumped at the correct PSI of course! (yes there’s a formula for this.)
I also changed my TT extensions to something longer and higher, as per the independent suggestions from both Ivan and Andrew, so 51 Speedshop’s ski bend was just the ticket.
Yaw angle – effective wind angle for a cyclist moving at speed
So what did this all mean?
- Ryan Cooper for always entertaining my inane questions about everything TT-ing and aero
- Ivan O’Gorman for getting my position on the bike dialed
- Andrew Buckrell for helping with the final touches
- Patrick Sansbury, my former coach and friend who I can always count on to bounce training ideas off of
- Zach Edwards, best mechanic in Boulder
- Trainingpeaks, WKO4 and Bestbiksplit.com when combined can make you pretty fast
- Cannondale, ceramic speed, vittoria and vision for simply making amazing products
- And finally, to my lovely wife, who puts up with this silly hobby of mine