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Skinsuit for a Windy Road Race?

Old 04-09-10, 11:44 AM
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Skinsuit for a Windy Road Race?

What are your thoughts... the race is only 40 miles, I'm fairly confident that between two bottles and whatever I can stuff inside the leg grippers, I'll be fine on fuel.

Course is very windy - constant 15ish mph wind, gusting to 30+. Course is a square, so you go headwind, head/cross, tail/cross, tail/cross. It gets pretty well strung out.

Temps are supposed to be below 60, so even an LS skinsuit won't be too hot, I figure...
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nah, you're a sprinter. use the pack as your skinsuit.
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Old 04-09-10, 11:51 AM
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i'm not always going to sit in.
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you've been asking some pretty newbish questions for a guy who's been racing for 3 years.

if that's what you want to wear, a skinsuit will be fine. hell, who needs to eat during a 40 mile long race?
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you've been asking some pretty newbish questions for a guy who's been racing for 3 years.
there will always be people with more experience than me, and there will always be perspectives I haven't considered.
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you show up in a ss, especially a ls ss for a rr, you damn well better be otf.

i'll be on the lookout for you cheung, if you're wearing a ss and sittin' in, you're going to be heckled!

j/k, i cant really see a reason to or not to aside from convention.
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I think I'd consider wearing as much aero help as legally possible if I thought I could stay OTF for the race.
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Old 04-09-10, 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
you show up in a ss, especially a ls ss for a rr, you damn well better be otf.

i'll be on the lookout for you cheung, if you're wearing a ss and sittin' in, you're going to be heckled!

j/k, i cant really see a reason to or not to aside from convention.
I only did 2 races last year in which I did NOT wear the SS. And I did plenty of 3 hour RR's.

So, I say wear the SS unless it will some how be a detriment to performance.

The only reason I dont wear it is if I know I'll be OTB due to a steep, long climb or I need the extra pocket space.

This said, my plan often includes taking tons of wind. Alway wear the PI aero shoe covers, too.
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Old 04-09-10, 02:45 PM
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Walkersville, huh?
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1. why not? if it's a good idea in a 45 minute crit, it's a good idea in a 1:45 RR.
2. you don't need food for a 40 mile ride. if you're emotionally dependent on gu, stick 'em in your shorts. I'd just use drink mix in a bottle
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In OR plenty of people wear skinsuits exclusively during races.
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Wear the skinsuit. If I were doing a 40 mile race I'd take 2 gu's & keep them under the leg elastic.
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I can't think of a race other than a super-hot, lots of climbing RR that wouldn't be perfectly reasonable to wear a skinsuit.
other than needing to unzip, while simultaneously going slowly enough to not worry about anti-aero flappy bits... i'd wear one for about everything.
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
you show up in a ss, especially a ls ss for a rr, you damn well better be otf.
wut
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Old 04-09-10, 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by MDcatV View Post
you show up in a ss, especially a ls ss for a rr, you damn well better be otf.
I was away for a two race weekend, rr on sat and crit on sunday. Get to the rr and realize I packed a skinsuit and bibs but no jersey. I wore the skinsuit in the RR... it was fine.
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My skinsuit is exclusively for TT's and the mall.
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Alex Stieda, the first North American ever to wear the maillot jaune, wore a skinsuit in the TdF stage where he got the jersey.

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anyone wear skinsuits exclusively for crits??
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I wore my skinsuit at Lost River because the race was ridiculously short (not saying it was easy!), and it was really hot. My skinsuit is a mesh-like spandex that wicks better than my jersey. I started out with a ton of ice stuffed in the T back of my sports bra. Seemed like an improvement over the last year's jersey/shorts combo. People kept asking me why I was wearing it for a "road race." It was all about temperature control. I can't really say whether it was a smart move on the windy sections of the course. I'm always fast enough through that part anyway because of the easier terrain. I guess my point is, use it if you think it'll help you in some way, but some people will give you funny looks.

Other than that, the skinsuits get used for TTs and crits.
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Originally Posted by badKarma2 View Post
anyone wear skinsuits exclusively for crits??
Do you mean always wear skinsuits at crits or do you mean only wear skinsuits at crits?
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I meant does anyone wear skinsuits for crit racing? I know that most dont wear it for RR, but since crits are fast and usually short in duration, the need for pockets is less...so I wanted to know if anyone wore skinsuits exclusively for crit racing? I know others use them for MTB, Cross, and TT...
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also, has anyone experimented with wearing a skin suit, and then a long sleeve jersey over top of it during cold weather? I guess it could also be worn in that setup for RR too, since you have the pockets in the jersey...
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Originally Posted by badKarma2 View Post
I meant does anyone wear skinsuits for crit racing? I know that most dont wear it for RR, but since crits are fast and usually short in duration, the need for pockets is less...so I wanted to know if anyone wore skinsuits exclusively for crit racing? I know others use them for MTB, Cross, and TT...
Many people wear skinsuits for crits. I'd say it's very common here. I don't know about "exclusively" though. I mean I usually wear skinsuits at crits but not always.

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also, has anyone experimented with wearing a skin suit, and then a long sleeve jersey over top of it during cold weather? I guess it could also be worn in that setup for RR too, since you have the pockets in the jersey...
That just sounds strange. Not sure what the point would be.
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anyone wear skinsuits exclusively for crits??
when i have access to one: yes.
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