Me & my Mrs doing IMUK and i’m debating bike choice/set-up. Hopefully we’ll both be towards the pointier end of the race and will be looking for a decent placing. I’m fairly strong on bike and confident riding technical stuff on TT. Mrs is a veritable goat going up hills (45kg, 4.7w/kg FTP), lot’s of riding experience but she’s still not the most confident descending/riding on sketchy roads.).
Road vs Tri? (Listened to the Foggy/Brick Session podcast already).
Gearing wise? Sounds like nothing too steep, but enough draggy bits/climby bits that you’d need some lowish gears and want to avoid grinding as sounds like it will be a long day, but having something big may gain some speed, if you’re confident enough. I’m thinking 53/38 & 28/11 for me and maybe 50/34 & 28/11 for the Mrs.
Anyone been out to recce it yet?
I’d go with a 50/34 and 12/34 on the back.
Have a nice 1:1 gear ratio to save those legs for the run.
Climbing on a TT bike is garbage, why make it worse with poor gear ratio?
Rode it twice as 1 lap and 1.3 laps. Will have one more attempt next weekend either as 1.3 Laps plus there and back, or two laps and drive there, either will be 160km rides.
Still don’t fully understand differences but a quick count says my road bike has 50/34 on front and 28/11 on back. All I know is I have a low threshold for needing the smallest gear on it still. Although as I’m getting better I would need bigger gears next year if did flat course.
I did the Olympic in 2008…?!
The run is mostly in the meadows, a bit stop start, twisty turns and quite a bit of congestion.
It’s a similar course to the oly but you get the dual carriage way fast bit and a trip around the wxm industrial est.
which is unremarkable but not too taxing.
The wind got up on the second lap but overall went well.
I’ve got it down as 2:11…?
Lost a min somewhere there!
Think I ran well but undercooked the bike…
Tony Cullen is from up here, great athlete but maybe it was just a fast day.
It certainly wasn’t still, wind wise.
Yes. I’m local enough to Bolton now to recce the course, which gives a massive advantage.
But I’ve also never been to South Wales and Tenby looks amazing
Either event would be “for fun” with no time goal or anything daft like that!
The HalfIronWar is this weekend and I’m super excited with the thought of completing 113km of racing.
I mean, it’s quite abnormal, isn’t it!?!
He’s already thrown in his ten years older excuses.
I’ve got my 10kg heavier excuses.
To be fair, I’ve had a fair old while out and am just using this to gauge where I’m at after some focussed training.