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TT equipmentlowGC
Aug 7, 2003 9:59 AM
I'm doing the bike leg a of a team triathlon on 8/17 and I'm wondering if I should bother with putting my aerobars on and making bike adjustments at this point. The course is only 15K and it's hilly enough to warrant getting out of the saddle in a couple of places. There really aren't any straight sections to be able to get comfortable and hammer in an aero position. Would the aero advantage be enough to offset the likely power loss from an unfamiliar position over that distance?
re: TT equipmentJon Billheimer
Aug 7, 2003 10:33 AM
If you're not used to riding aero and the course is hilly and turny, probably no benefit. If you have time, e.g. about 4 to 6 weeks, to practice riding aero though, it would help. I just read a study comparing energy expenditure and power output riding in normal vs. aero positions. While riding aero reduced power output and increased energy expenditure initially, for those cyclists who then trained in the aero position, the energy/power differences disappeared. Meaning that specificity is everything.
re: TT equipmentTime Trial dot org
Aug 15, 2003 4:49 AM
you should use the aero bars first, get accustomed to them. Time Trial Racing