Eat cake while in the drops...
Random drops thread
Why do I keep clicking on this thread? Somebody lock it, before I waste any more of my day. No offense skiers and rkwaki beaters.
If a big enough field is strung out then 30-40s isn't that much of a stretch.
There's still a pretty significant difference in doing a climb in something like 10 minutes and doing it in 10:45.
If you're doing a race with multiple long climbs, then employing such a strategy in the earlier parts of a race could pay dividends later on when you want to be in the thick of it.
Having adequate fitness will always be important.
Just suggesting there are ways to fake it a bit more once you become aware of it. If you have two guys with the same fitness but one is keyed in to staying out of the wind and surfing the pack to conserve energy on climbs and corners and selection points, then that second rider will very likely have the better finish.
That's one of the cool (and sometimes really frustrating) things about road racing. It's not always who's the strongest that has the better result, but who uses what they have in the most effective and efficient manner for them.
I think that's one of the really interesting things you can notice about group rides versus races. You can see guys that kill it in group rides, winning sprints or koms and whatnot, but despite being so strong they're not anywhere near the front of a race when it matters. There's a skill there that comes from gaining that experience and the more you can hone in at that in the beginning, the faster you can pick up on it.
Regardless, the point of what I've written is this: being aware of positioning and learning how to navigate the pack to get into the position you want to be in with as little energy expended as possible is what good bike racers do.
It's something to think about, it's something to work on. There are tangible gains to be made.
Re: the title of this thread...."When to be in the drops"....that would be when you are finishing a race with a sprint and a photographer is obviously at the finish line. I'm the only one not sprinting in the drops. Embarrassing newbie photo!
I guess crossing the line before the other ladies took some of the sting from the embarrassment. ;)
ima drift climbing mutha fugga.:thumb:
if you name is Martyn Ashton or if you want to be like him? Always
Damned! Those guys are good. I've really been enjoying the videos they've been putting out.
"Let's go for a road ride. 'It'll be fun.', he said":)
2) They didn't and I wondered the same thing on that one.
3) All of those guys are professional bmx/freestyle/trials riders. I suspect that opens doors for them (legally) that the rest of us wouldn't stand a chance with. They're projects have been too high profile and sponsor supported for them to be doing much on the downlow. Unlike so many of the freestyle & skate videos that you see.
4)It's not that his drops are that high, it's that his (their) saddle is slammed down on the top tube for all the obvious reasons.
Real bummer about his back injury. I hope he recovers use of his lower extremities. I broke my lower back in '94 and suffer from the complications to this day. I have another friend who did his in the same year and hasn't walked or picked up anything with a hand since. I hope Martyn recovers some of his mobility.
^^ replace all present tense with past.
Martyn didn't finish filming after a severe spinal injury at a trials event. It's a bummer. Don't try these at home.