At a Crit... This is where I draw the line....
Wheels .... light responsive....
Tires ..... grippy and narrow
Gearing .... 52-48 / 12-21
Helmet ..... Same I used for previous day's road course
Kit ..... Skinsuit
Plan .... ride near the front and conserve energy until last few laps
Last few laps ... create or get in a break..
Note to self ..... don't get boxed in ...
In our region there is a Crit ( Ninigret Park, Charlestown R.I. ) where strategy of staying out of the wind is super critical.. it's a 6 corner course on an old airfield close to the ocean... Always windy and it's a crosswind on 75% of the course.
Aero would be preferable, but even high profile wheels become unmanageable from the crosswinds...
It's an interesting course where riding in a phalanx or echelon, single file on the rivet, and every other strategic way of saving energy is utilized each and every lap... On this course, rarely does a solo rider stay away. It's a course where strategy rules, where teamwork amongst breakaway riders either make it or break it... Bike handling is absolutely critical...
Cris are about bike handling, pack strategy and careful monitoring of one's reserve...
Not riding all out at a constant 30mph+ and minimizing drag.
Ah.... Voila les Cannon ... !!
Can't see a reason the deviate from my standard gearing. 53/39x23/11. I regularly use 53x23 at anything with a hill, like bethel.
Arent you a cunning linguist?
Your gearing is really old school. Half step on what must be a downtube shifter bike. Ninigret is one place where I will run an 11-21. Pan flat. 53/39 standard up front.
did you use your 48?
I used maybe 3 gears before the sprint. Point was that changing gears for a crit, when you've already got a bunch in the same vicinity seems like needless noodling.
You're welcome. This one is on me. Next time, I'll have to charge you.
i got tired of changing cassettes all the time so put 11x28s on all my wheels and done with a 53x39 on the front. If I cant find what I need in those 20 choices, then i'll compensate.
Yeah, I can't really be bothered to change cassettes around. 12-25 for everything. If I do Hilltowns this year, I'll swap to a 12-28 or 12-30, but only because I'll be picking up a couple of those for the 'cross bike I'm putting together this spring/summer.
I've never done Ninigret, but flat and windy doesn't really sound like my cup of tea. Anyone who's met me can guess why.
I'm an optimizer.
was this race this past weekend/ what was the outcome?