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    should i gear up/

    I am running/riding a tri in september... i currently ride my cyclocross bike with 36/46 compact crank. The course is 17 miles, goes out 4 miles, then has about 5 miles of mostly downhill sections (towards the river) usually downwind, then the course follows the same road back for 5 miles uphill... down the hills i top out about 33mph, ad can't spin my cranks any faster.

    would it be worth while to gear up a bit for the event? i usually cruise about 20mph in group rides in the 3rd cog up on my 12-26 ( i shoot for 80rpm). Is it not worth going up if i can only push the big boy gears on downhills?

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    I say just complete the race and then you will know what you need to do...Get some race time first before making changes .
    Good Luck

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    Start by capitalizing the letter I. Don't put too much thought into gearing as it is not important at this very moment. Just go out and have fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by travelmama View Post
    Start by capitalizing the letter I. Don't put too much thought into gearing as it is not important at this very moment. Just go out and have fun.
    i don't think that highly of myself ...

    thanks for the insights guys, just looking for any advantage i can get over my buddy who i ride with who will kill me in the run by about 0:45 to 1 min/mile over the 5 miles

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