A question to all of you tandem climbing experts
Are tandems an advantage when doing a timed century that has over 10,000 ft climbing?
The century have 20% grades, one example is a portion that averages 12% grade for over two continuous miles with grades of 20% or more on it. Bellow I wrote some of the considerations to make for the answer.
1. This is a timed century and the objective is to do it as fast as possible, basically ride it just like the single riders and try to finish first. This is very important to consider as is not just finish the century but do it as competition.
2. About 80% of the time will be climbing.
3. The tandem will be a coed tandem. (male-female)
4. Real long climbs(at least 12 miles or longer) and some with very steep sections.