11¼ mile TT coming up this Saturday. No aero equipment allowed. I pre-rode the course this past Saturday (started in a light drizzle, halfway through the skies opened up). IMO, the climb that goes from ~ mile 1.5 - 3.25 will be the critical section of the course (correct me if you think otherwise). The climb has about 4-5 "steps", with % grades in the mid-high teens (per my Garmin), with short plateaus mixed in. The end of the course has some sweeping fast right turns, which I didn't really test at my limits due to the rain. Most of these roads are smooth, so as long as it's dry, it'll be fast. As you can see below, the middle of the course has some big ring rollers.
Flanders TT. (magnify it to get a better view)
Or is there some other strategery I haven't considered?
- Maintain a steady pace (don't have a PM, would use only HR or PE), chugging along up the climb, and then light your matches as the course progresses? I'm thinking something like a 'basic' negative split TT, though not exactly due to the terrain.
- Take an even longer warmup, kill yourself going up the climb, recover slightly at the top, and hope you have ½ a match left to put towards the final 4 mile descent?