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Location: Bellevue, WA
Bikes: Cannondale Super Six 1, Cannondale F29er 1, Cannondale XTJ, Guru Pista, Lemond Limoge
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Uphill Time Trialing
So I've got a prologue-type time trial coming up in a week and I've got a few questions. The course is 4.8 km (although it only came out to 4.4km on my Garmin). It starts in a valley and is 2.2 km flat/slight rise, 1 km climb at 5.2% (Max grade of a little over 7%), and then another 1.2 km of flat. I've got a picture of a ride file from when I did the course on Saturday for reference.
So the two conundrums I run into are:
a) Do I use a TT bike or a Road Bike? The weight penalty between the two would be about two pounds. I know I'll just be using my 50mm carbon aero rims because I don't own anything else. Looking at the course time-wise I'll be spending about 60% of my time on the flat and 40% on the climb.
b) This is the less important of the two as I'm pretty sure the answer is "Just go balls out because it's a short distance", but should I approach the TT with a idea to harder on the hill or should I just use a regular negative splitting strategy metering my effort so that I finish the hardest as the course is ending.
Oh and as for numbers I'm 6'5, 174 lbs, and I'll be putting out about 350 watts for the duration of the time trial. If Kreuzotter was still up I'd like to run simulations over there but it seems that it is no longer available.