On checking out the course on www.mapmyride.com and other similar websites the truth became evident....the course was flattish for a coupla kms only alongside the lake. As I have previously discovered ..if a whole race profile indicates 8-10% max, in truth it will be waaaaaay more than that in places and is in fact up to 20% or so mapmyride tells me.
It was at this point I decided it would be a very good idea to drop quite a few kilos in order to improve my strength /weight ratio and also try to find a road that is at a 20% gradient to get used to that steepness.
However it wasn't until I was watching a video of a mountain TT, where all the pro racers were using standard road bikes with TT extensions that I decided to do the same. A light bulb shone brightly in my brain with 2 phrases brightly illuminated.... "bike weight" for the uphill heave at the north end of the course and "bike handling" for the steep downhill hairpin bends at the south end. The thought of travelling with only 1 bike was also very attractive.
Having made that decision, the next thing was to decide how to make it work and after lots of decision making and breaking this is what has transpired:
1 frame, 2 complete set ups of:
- bars complete with levers and cables
- seat/seatpost combo
- another set of light weight wheels with standard size rims ..still being created by TWE
I've tried the set up on the ergo, will get out on the road today but the real test will be on Sunday at the Kew Boulie TT. More on that next post.