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03-07-24, 12:32 PM
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Posted By Eric F

If I can't ride it in my 38x42 low gear, I get...

If I can't ride it in my 38x42 low gear, I get off. Pretty simple. I prefer to ride as much as I'm able to. However, if keeping riding would require digging deep and burning a lot of matches,...
03-07-24, 10:23 AM
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Posted By Eric F

I don't have an issue with age-groups in gravel...

I don't have an issue with age-groups in gravel events. Those are also easy to manage for the organizers. When you add another layer of categories, I think it really changes the vibe. (IMO, YMMV)
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03-07-24, 01:23 AM
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Posted By Sierra_rider

I like the events with a Pro class and then just...

I like the events with a Pro class and then just age based non-pro classes(w/no distinction between CATs/experience levels.) Gives the competitive guys something to race for, but then also keeps it...
03-06-24, 04:55 PM
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Posted By Eric F

My experiences with gravel events have been that...

My experiences with gravel events have been that there are a few folks who are there to race competitively, but a large majority are there for the experience of the event, and to just do as well as...
03-06-24, 03:37 PM
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Posted By Sierra_rider

I like competitive racing, but do like nice...

I like competitive racing, but do like nice people and a fun atmosphere...I hope it strikes the right balance. That's part of the reason that I've really enjoyed XC racing, the actual racing is very...
03-06-24, 12:25 AM
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Posted By Sierra_rider

As far as geometry goes, it's very "racy." Even...

As far as geometry goes, it's very "racy." Even though they call it a bikepacking bike, it's very much on the race end of the spectrum IMO...just with fender and bag mounts.

The funky bi-plane bar...
03-05-24, 10:52 AM
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Posted By Eric F

My Niner RLT 9 RDO after the Rock Cobbler event...

My Niner RLT 9 RDO after the Rock Cobbler event ("it's not a race!") in October. I really like this bike. I usually run Ultegra C50 wheels with 40mm Tufos, but opted for lower-cost aluminum wheels...
03-05-24, 12:54 AM
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Posted By Sierra_rider

I think the biggest knock against the Grizl as...

I think the biggest knock against the Grizl as being a race bike is the total weight of the bike...at 21ish lbs with cages and pedals, it's pretty heavy for a carbon bike. However, the weight is...
03-04-24, 03:31 PM
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Posted By Sierra_rider

Is this the gravel racing thread for us mere...

Is this the gravel racing thread for us mere mortals? I'm only a couple of races into my gravel racing career, most of my experience has been in XC mtb racing. My intro into gravel racing has been...
02-08-24, 10:13 AM
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Posted By RChung

For years I've taught only in the fall semester...

For years I've taught only in the fall semester and did all my other research the rest of the year. During the fall, my hours went way down and you can only do what you can do so I would prop up my...
12-14-23, 10:50 AM
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Posted By Ric Stern

I would avoid setting your macros in this way, as...

I would avoid setting your macros in this way, as percentages, as it can lead to under/over fuelling. You should set them in relation to body weight, and based off current known daily energy intake....
12-12-23, 11:20 AM
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Posted By Ric Stern

FWIW, i think i have the worlds largest data set...

FWIW, i think i have the worlds largest data set of power on a single rider (me). I started collecting power data when i was 24, and i'm now 54. I've raced every year since i was 14 y old, I've...
12-04-23, 04:53 PM
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Posted By PeteHski

Same ballpark here. Currently 84 kg and 280W FTP ...

Same ballpark here. Currently 84 kg and 280W FTP

My summer peak was 75 kg and 300W FTP. That made a big difference on long mountain climbs, but not a huge amount on the flat or even on short...
12-04-23, 12:12 PM
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Posted By Jughed

you skinny guys - bleeepity bleep bleep bleep!!! ...

you skinny guys - bleeepity bleep bleep bleep!!!

5/wkg would give me an FTP +/- that of Pogs.

Sitting at 3.1 right now, 85kg, 270W+/- - and gains are very slow/hard earned. My goal last winter...
12-04-23, 10:56 AM
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Posted By terrymorse

If the OP is young, gains may be possible and may...

If the OP is young, gains may be possible and may come quickly. Relatively quickly.

As a similarly sized person (133 lbs), and with a similar FTP (est. 230 W, 3.8 W/kg), I'm a climber has-been....
12-04-23, 04:32 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

Exactly, and it is also a realistic target given...

Exactly, and it is also a realistic target given that the OP is already at around 220W. Another 30W is not unreasonable, but could take some time.
12-03-23, 10:26 PM
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Posted By chaadster

Yeah, a 250w FTP in a 136lbs package would be a...

Yeah, a 250w FTP in a 136lbs package would be a real climbing weapon!
12-02-23, 08:56 PM
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Posted By PeteHski

That sounds like a good plan. At your weight I...

That sounds like a good plan. At your weight I would be inclined to focus on climbing because thatís where you have an obvious natural advantage. Of course that means aiming for high W/kg, but if...
12-01-23, 03:29 PM
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Posted By PeteHski

I also have power-based goals, but they are tied...

I also have power-based goals, but they are tied to achieving event goals, which in my case are timed Sportives.

I donít think it really matters what your personal goals are as long as they are...
12-01-23, 11:34 AM
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Posted By burnthesheep

I can understand that point of view. ...

I can understand that point of view.

Reason I originally posted was that I originally joined this forum years back with almost the exact same first posting into this section about the goal being...
11-30-23, 06:30 PM
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Posted By Hermes

A few years ago, I took the USAC altitude...

A few years ago, I took the USAC altitude training course. First, adaptation is highly biased by genetics. Some people improve with altitude training and some do not. The max gain after 21 days...
11-29-23, 08:52 AM
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Posted By burnthesheep

That power at that weight will be challenging. A...

That power at that weight will be challenging. A little more weight it would be easier. I'd ask yourself "why" or what task you're building the hammer for and whether the tool fits the task. Short...
11-29-23, 04:19 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

I live low and train low. Same as everyone I...

I live low and train low. Same as everyone I ride with, so itís a level playing field. I donít see much point in altitude training unless you are a pro or conditioning yourself specifically to ride...
11-28-23, 01:50 PM
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Posted By Hermes

Life at a pro training camp at Tenerife....

Life at a pro training camp at Tenerife. (https://velo.outsideonline.com/cannondale-on-teide-a-day-in-the-life-at-high-altitude-training-camp/) Could be fun...or not. Also, altitude tents can offer...
11-28-23, 12:23 PM
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Posted By Alan K

It seems more complicated and impractical to be...

It seems more complicated and impractical to be able to fully take advantage of low pressure, low Oxygen level adaptation. If you havenít already done so, please read the post made by Hermes.
11-28-23, 10:46 AM
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Posted By RChung

The general idea is "live high, train low." That...

The general idea is "live high, train low." That is, you train at low altitude to get maximal volume of work, but you sleep at high altitude for the adaptation. And, I believe the mechanism is that...
11-23-23, 09:40 AM
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Posted By Hermes

Yes and no. Living and training for a long period...

Yes and no. Living and training for a long period of time at altitude adapts one to lower pressure and less oxygen. However, oxygen consumption is overall lower. Gong to sea level may result in...
10-28-23, 09:40 AM
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Posted By Hermes

My training is old school meets new school. I...

My training is old school meets new school. I end up closer to old school training.

I am going to say something that sounds elitist but not meant to be - just factual. To get into peak...
10-27-23, 06:46 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

This sounds about right. You can only keep...

This sounds about right. You can only keep building and building for so long before crashing out at some point and this is a trap that beginners can fall into because of the confidence they get from...
10-18-23, 06:09 PM
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Posted By PeteHski

For this reason I only tend to use structured...

For this reason I only tend to use structured plans in the build up to key events to boost my short term fitness. I havenít used TR plans, but I found Wahoo SYSTM plans sustainable once they tamed...
10-18-23, 04:21 PM
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Posted By unterhausen

There is a thread somewhere on the trainerroad...

There is a thread somewhere on the trainerroad forum about getting to 5w/kg. All the people that commented on that thread that they got to 5w/kg did it by losing weight.

The problem with all TR...
10-13-23, 09:37 AM
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Posted By Hermes

Great discussion I have been using trainers...

Great discussion

I have been using trainers and rollers for 15 years preparing for races and events. Currently, I own a smart trainer.

Flashback: In 2007, I hired two Russian coaches that...
10-13-23, 08:31 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

Yeah, I fnd this very useful. Especially when...

Yeah, I fnd this very useful. Especially when there are key climbs involved. Most well known climbs worldwide are represented on Rouvy.
10-13-23, 07:31 AM
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Posted By chaadster

On the matter of smart trainers, ERG, and...

On the matter of smart trainers, ERG, and hyper-structured workouts, as someone who has been doing hyper-structured, power-based workouts on dumb trainers for almost 15 years, and having had a smart...
10-13-23, 06:30 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

I have no idea on the research, but for me it...

I have no idea on the research, but for me it depends entirely on what I'm training for. For example I find riding with consistent power good training for long alpine climbs and flat road endurance...
10-12-23, 05:12 PM
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Posted By RChung

I feel your pain, but I'm not sure consistent...

I feel your pain, but I'm not sure consistent power levels are necessary to improve performance. Do you know of any dispositive research on this? I'm familiar with some of the work comparing interval...
10-12-23, 01:06 PM
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Posted By PeteHski

Yes, exactly. I'm talking in terms of pure...

Yes, exactly. I'm talking in terms of pure performance gain, hence "waste" in quotation marks. It's not a waste of time in a literal sense. One pro cyclist (I can't remember who) suggested that a...
10-12-23, 05:20 AM
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Posted By BTinNYC

You're well into the Cat 5 territory right now. I...

You're well into the Cat 5 territory right now. I suggest finding a cycling club that a racing program.

My local race club has a winter training program, prepping for the spring and summer races....
10-12-23, 03:09 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

I doubt that the precision is important, but...

I doubt that the precision is important, but smart trainers probably benefit time-crunched ordinary riders more than full time pros. If your time is limited (which it is for most people), it's easy...
10-11-23, 05:58 PM
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Posted By PeteHski

Also less money in e-sports and so the top...

Also less money in e-sports and so the top cycling talent is far more likely to be racing outdoors. Also not clear how much structured training e-sports racers actually do in comparison to outdoor...
10-11-23, 11:30 AM
Replies: 109
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Posted By RChung

Me too. I do occasional structured workouts...

Me too.

I do occasional structured workouts but mostly when I ride indoors it's just to build volume. This is vaguely related to a recent discussion about Z2.

Put another way, we know smart...
10-11-23, 10:43 AM
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Posted By PeteHski

I donít know about psychological benefits. For me...

I donít know about psychological benefits. For me itís more the practical benefits of being able to jump on the trainer and do a targeted efficient workout, regardless of weather and terrain. Most...
10-11-23, 08:03 AM
Replies: 109
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Posted By RChung

That the e-sports champions do not dominate in...

That the e-sports champions do not dominate in road or track or MTB or gravel racing suggests that precision in structured training is insufficient. That there are 3000 workouts on Zwift and more on...
10-10-23, 12:05 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,258
Posted By Jughed

Getting a smart trainer this winter and...

Getting a smart trainer this winter and interested to see how ERG mode works.

It's difficult keeping power consistent when doing intervals on the flat canal path I ride on - slight changes in...
10-10-23, 09:51 AM
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Posted By RChung

Yes, smart trainers have enabled precision and...

Yes, smart trainers have enabled precision and hyper-structure in workouts. I wish there were more evidence that precision and hyper-structure per se resulted in better performance. That said,...
10-10-23, 08:26 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,258
Posted By PeteHski

Yeah, interval training on a Smart trainer is...

Yeah, interval training on a Smart trainer is super effective. It's a very efficient way of making progress.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-23, 04:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 445
Posted By veganbikes

That is the problem if you go with SRAM stuff you...

That is the problem if you go with SRAM stuff you get less than optimal brakes. SRAM has only had good brakes more recently and they aren't great but are serviceable however if they are leaking fluid...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-23, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 445
Posted By jonathanf2

They both brake well. The TRP's have more support...

They both brake well. The TRP's have more support and documentation, but the Juin Tech calipers are easy to install and adjust on the fly. Make note the stock pads for either calipers can be upgraded...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 445
Posted By Branko D

I've rode some 29.000km on TRP Spyre mechanical...

I've rode some 29.000km on TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes now, and some 12.000km on Avid BB7, TRP HY/RD is significantly better.
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Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-23, 11:13 AM
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Views: 445
Posted By Branko D

Recently bought a road bike for my younger...

Recently bought a road bike for my younger daughter, got 105 11 speed rim brake shifters and TRP HY/RD and it works like a charm. Better than mechanical discs.

Whole bike cost like 750 Euro in the...
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