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Any Tips for a 2 man Time Trial?(3 posts)

Any Tips for a 2 man Time Trial?berni
Sep 2, 2003 2:52 AM
A friend and I will compete for the first time this Sunday in a 2 man team time trial.

It's 20.5km, nearly 13 miles, with about 150 to 200m of climbing.

We are both quite similar in level, me 61kg, him 68, both on Trek 5200's. I am the better climber, he is better into the wind and on the flat.

So any tips for a good time? Obviously close drafting is key, but how many changeovers would one expect in a race like this? 10, 20? Assuming neither person is tired, I would imagine the fewer changeovers the better, as when you change you are side by side for a few seconds.

I have Veloflex 23mm Pave tyres. Is there much gain in going to 20mm?

Also, what kind of speed/time should we be looking for? I thought if we got 40km/h that would be quite good.

Thanks for any help!
uh, "stay together"?DougSloan
Sep 2, 2003 11:07 AM
Just kidding.

Actually, one thing than might help immensely is if both of you use mirrors, like the Take A Look that clips on to your glasses. You can see exactly where your drafting team mate is, which may keep you together better. Also helps to see a team approaching from the rear, motivating you to go harder. I've used them in many timetrials and ultra events (actually long timetrials), and they really help.

All else equal, few changes are better, as you lose a bike length of distance gained every time one pulls off. I've found that about 60 second pulls work well with two people. Or, set a heart rate monitor, and pull until an alarm goes off for your pre-selected "about to blow" zone.

re:Many options (anyone else got any ideas?)Ping_Pong
Sep 5, 2003 5:08 AM
I wouldn't worry about tyres, efficient team work will be the key.

You need to find the best system for you and your partner. The options aren't just limited to pulling off the front when you get tired. One simple system is as follows -

-Rider 1 leads, motoring at just over their threshold pace until after about a minute they feel themselves 'tying up' from the effort.
-At this point they wave the old elbow out to indicate their exhaustion to the following rider, and then gradually edge off the pace holding the same line.
-If the following rider does not come through the lead rider continues edging off the pace to a sustainable level.

It is important to indicate with the elbow before you start going too deep into the red just in case the following rider has not recovered - you also have to be ready to catch the wheel that comes past you.

The guy I use this sytem with is pretty evenly matched to me pace-wise, we are both quite punchy riders with a bit of sprint in our legs.

This system is not the optimum for efficiency but has eliminated confusion from our riding. The more practice you can get the better - at a realistic pace too, co-ordination/communication is difficult !

On the climbs the emphasis on drafting is going to be less, on a steep climb the better climber should lead over the top of the climb taking great care not to lose the following rider as the pace increases back to cruising.

There is a lot to think about - it is great fun too ! Good luck.