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TT noob
« on: April 21, 2012, 08:18:20 AM »
Just registered for a stage race later this summer, it will be my first TT.  To do well in the TT, my first priority will be training for it physically. 

With that said, I'm wondering about getting some clip-on TT bars.  If I do, I want to get the bars early enough that I have time to train with them.  Forgive the total newbie question, but is there a meaningful advantage to using clip-on bars if the rest of the bike fit stays as-is, road style?  Or should I just train in the drops and call it good?



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Re: TT noob
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2012, 09:54:37 AM »
The first thing you need to find out is what kind of time trial bikes are allowed for that stage. If full TT rigs are allowed, that's what you're going up against, which is a significant advantage. Since you probably don't want to recable your bike between stages, you have two choices, Merckx style or clip-ons. Go for the clip-ons as even with the drops on, they will help you maintain a better TT position for extended periods. Train on them as much as you can so that you can optimize your position. You may find that you want a different saddle position or a different saddle altogether, so mark your current position clearly so changes won't affect your road position.


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Re: TT noob
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2012, 10:20:57 AM »
Full TT rigs are definitely allowed.  But my impression from my first few races is that at this level at least, conditioning trumps gear, by a wide margin.  I know that's less true in a TT though.  I'll get some clip-on bars and train with them, and work on the positioning as well.  I have plenty of time.

I feel like I'm in good baseline condition from riding hard all winter, but I've never trained in any meaningful sense.  These first few races have been a real eye opener as far as what I'm good at and what I need to work on.  I plan to focus on training to improve specific areas.  I'm looking forward to training specifically for the TT.  Thanks for the advice!

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Re: TT noob
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2012, 11:05:39 AM »
I've won two time trial's in the Cat4's with just a road bike (though to be honest, they were very hilly). So keep the morale high. Like Shovel said, grab those aero bars for now, and put in some solid training time (mostly threshold work). You will be at the disadvantage, but since you've never done a TT before, it's really about the learning experience. Time Trials are real gut wrenchers, you really have to go full out if you want a good result. Do this a couple times in the month leading up to the race so your mind knows what to expect when you get there, and go even harder because it's a race. And don't start out too fast. :)
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Re: TT noob
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2012, 09:09:29 PM »
I've won two time trial's in the Cat4's with just a road bike (though to be honest, they were very hilly). So keep the morale high. Like Shovel said, grab those aero bars for now, and put in some solid training time (mostly threshold work). You will be at the disadvantage, but since you've never done a TT before, it's really about the learning experience. Time Trials are real gut wrenchers, you really have to go full out if you want a good result. Do this a couple times in the month leading up to the race so your mind knows what to expect when you get there, and go even harder because it's a race. And don't start out too fast. :)

I'd disagree you're going to be at a disadvantage without a full on TT rig. Most Cat 5's TT bikes are set up horribly, and they don't train on them so they go slower than they would on a road bike.

The rest is excellent advice for a noob.