Club coach Trevor Mahoney kindly prepared a few key pointers to help you maximise your TT performance with minimal effort! Week 3 of the club league is this Tuesday with a prompt 7pm start. We need 3 timekeepers each week. Please let Ciaran or John know if you are available.
- The most un-aero thing about cycling is YOU. Especially your head. And your chest if you are sitting up. Get comfortable in your aero bars or in an aero position on your hoods. You should be in the aero position for the whole TT.
- If you can barely zip it up; it fits perfect. Don’t be wearing baggy club cycling jerseys or a jacket that act like a sail in the wind. You want your gear as tight as possible with the least amount of creases.
- The heaviest thing on your bike is YOU. You can save a few grams here or there spending hundreds or thousands on the latest equipment, but you can save kilograms for free. Keep your weight in check.
- Loose the accessories. You don’t need the saddle bag, the bottle of water or a bunch of swag in your jersey pocket as if you’re headed camping for the weekend. This is a 20-30min effort. You’ll survive without all that dead weight.
- Start fast and you’ll finish slow. Pace yourself. If you go too fast at the start (especially if you blitz it up the first train bridge) you will more than likely end up running out of gas probably somewhere after Little Island, maybe as you climb to the Glounthaune Church. You’re just hanging on from there. Aim to even pace/power the whole TT. Even better is try taking the first half at 85-90% and then push 95-100% from the turnaround or after Little Island. Finish Strong.
- Ditch the gatorskins. If you’re using tires with a high rolling resistance, you might as well tighten down your brakes so you can completely ruin any chance you have at a fast time. The roads are rough enough. If you are going to invest some cash, splash out for some good low rolling resistance tires. If you do not have a second set of “good” race wheels, put them on a basic/shallow rim set of wheels and you are better off than with heavy bomb-proof tires on deep section wheels.
- Let some air out. There is no need to be running ridiculously high pressure in your tires. Maybe if this TT was on freshly laid German tarmac, you might be running 100psi, but it’s not! Our roads are riddled with bumps and lumps. With high tire pressure you are going to be bouncing all over the place. Not only will that be uncomfortable on your undercarriage, but it will slow you down because you will not be able to remain consistent with your output.