Hi guys, I've recently purchased a 2012 Allez, mod it a bit and have been training the
"Penang Round Island Amateur Challenge 2013", which is an 85km event. Participants must finish within at least 4 hours to get the finishers medal while top three finishers get cash prizes. I've been practicing so far but can only seem to finish the distance in 4hours 20mins (inclusive of 30mins rest time which I can't do without at this point). The third quarter of the course is actually continuously uphill for quite a distance... Though I can pedal it up at a moderate pace (12-16km/h), I seem to loose steam by the time I reach the summit of the hill. By the time I reach the last quarter of the course (flatlands) I'm only averaging 29km/h. During solo training throughout the course, I cycle using the small front chainring and can't seem to power through the big chainrings... I'm really hoping to bring my finishing time down... Any advice?