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Stage Race Tricks of the Trade?(5 posts)

Stage Race Tricks of the Trade?WrigleyRoadie
Feb 2, 2004 7:11 AM
I've placed two stage races on my calender for this year and I'm looking for any general advice of how to approach them. The first is still three months away, but as a first-year Cat 5, I'm already bouncing around with anticipation.

Mostly, I'm concerned with the time trial. Since the crit follows the TT that afternoon, how do people using one bike change their setups for the TT? Just add clip-ons? Change the seat angle and placement? Add full bullhorn/aero setup?

Just curious. It's going to be for experience, but I'm going to start using aero bars on the trainer to get used to them, and wondering if I should slam the seat position as well.

Thanks! - WR
I just add...Dwayne Barry
Feb 2, 2004 8:59 AM
clip-ons and drop the stem all the way down. Make sure you train in this position beforehand or you could end up really overstressing the muscle in the TT position due to having the muscles work in positions they're not use to.
I just add...WrigleyRoadie
Feb 2, 2004 9:06 AM
dropping the stem.... as in removing any and all spacers? Would raising the seatpost have the same effect or just put you into the wind?
Yeah...Dwayne Barry
Feb 2, 2004 9:35 AM
just take any spacers below the stem and move them on top of it to get yourself as low as possible. I wouldn't raise the seat, some people angle it down slightly so they can more easily rotate their pelvis forward without too much discomfort.
re: Stage Race Tricks of the Trade?stinkyhelmet
Feb 2, 2004 1:50 PM
Do not change the stem height. The TT distance is probably not worth the miniscule time gain. If you are used to the position, don't. Put on clip ons and move your saddle fwd a cm or two and also raise the saddle maybe 1/2 cm.

Or better yet, forget about the equipment side of it and concentrate on converving energy and recovering. You'll benefit more by re-fueling with carbs first and protein second immediately after each event. Do this before your glycogen window closes. Stretch and self-massage out the legs and relax. Plenty of guys will mess with the equipment and aero bars and removing bottle cages and crap but neglect eating and drinking. That will cost you more than a non-aero bottle cage.

Relax and enjoy yourself. If you merely finish the entire race, that will be an accomplishment, as people will drop out as the stages progress.

Good luck.