"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - How much time can you spend at threshold in 1 day
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06-03-09, 08:35 AM
This weekend I'm racing a 200mi. four man relay. It is ~20-25mi stages of rollers and ~10mi stages on the climbs. I have 4 stages that add up to just under 100 miles total, normally with 1-2 stages of rest in between. Can I ride them near threshold? or will I be wrecked by the end.
06-03-09, 08:53 AM
I think it's safe to say that you cannot stay at threshold for 100 miles in a day. Even with an hour or two between hour long efforts. 80-90% of threshold (tempo pace) might work though.
06-03-09, 08:58 AM
I'm not following the math. 200 mile, 4 man relay should divide up as 50 miles per man. Unless you are an order of magnitude stronger than your teammates, I wouldn't think dividing the work 100, 33,33,33, would make much sense.
Is the plan for you to do 4 flat stages and others do the climbs?
06-03-09, 09:34 AM
you can stack a few people up on one stage... so we normally do two man time trials :) the climbing stages are normally done solo.
I'm probably the weakest link on my team: cat1, cat3, cat1 mtb, and me the cat 4.
Here is the course profile:
I'm doing 2,4,7,10
06-03-09, 10:09 AM
2: FTP (should be about 45 minutes give or take)
4: All out on the climbs, recover on downhills
7: FTP till you crest the last bit of climb, then tempo the way down
10: All out
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