Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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ONe of the best things you can learn is not wasting energy on descents/downhills. I've done a organized rides where everyone is flying downhill. I tuck and use aerodynamics to descend. You lose a bit for a hill but eventually end up overtaking the other riders. I've read that by conserving on downhill, you lose a few seconds but save plenty of energy. Save it for the uphills where you will gain minutes on those that can't or too tired to climb (cause tehy used too much energy on dh's).
I did a ride with a bud, I think he was a little stronger. We were on a section with small rolling hills. He was pedaling the entire time. I rolkled down without pedaling catching myh breath then worked hard on the small inclines. After 15 rollers he faded. He couldn't figure out why I dropped him. It wasn't cause I was stronger, I was smarter!
Another time we were doing some serious climbing. He kept edging me out on the hills. The last section home was a long 3 mile section. It was a wide road but a fence lined with bushes near the side. He was in teh center of the lane while I hugged the side using the hedge to shield the wind. I rolled right by him about a mile into the 3 mile section. At the end he was shocked that I blew by him. I just laughed and never told him why. Heck if I tell him, I'll lose my edge.
I learned theat by watching the Tour De France videos. At the end of a stage, you will see riders hug the barriers and move close to the side lined with spectators. It's to shidld the wind!
Same with mountain biking. I've gone with friends that boast about being a bat out of hell on the downhills. I'm not much of a mtb'er but I used to train alot climibng on the roadies. Mountains not hills! They invited me to ride the big 2 mile dirt hill Ooooooo!
.... I was at the top 5 mintues before they showed up. I was manicuring my fingernails on theh way down and they couldn't catch me!
Train hard on the inclines and just let it roll on the declines!