I regularly compete in a time trial at my local club, and now have a major quandary!
Which bike to use!!
• My road bike is a Ridley Noah full spec campag super record 11's,
• TT bike is a Ridley dean full spec campag super record 11's,
Plus I have a choice of wheel's, zipp 404's (firecrest), 1080's, 900 (disc)
I ride with power that averages out at 300 watts over the 25km course which is split into 2 laps but here is the problem there is 100 meters of climbing per lap which is broken down into three hills, 2 climbs of 30m vertical gain and 1 of 40m vertical gain. The hills are all short and very punchy so it is very hard to climb them on a TT bike, but extremely easy to attack them on the road bike.
The difference being that on average it takes me 2 minutes longer over the climbs on my TT, but I can lose as much as 2 munities on the flats and down hill on my road bike.
The course record is 38:40, and my personnel best is 39:30 on my TT, but 39:40 on my road bike. Last race I clocked 41:09 on my TT.
So the question is what should I do as I can’t increase my watts (quickly!!) on the hills on my TT or can I gain the loss of time on the flats on road. Should I try a combination of both bikes.
Any ideas would be extremely helpful.