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So lets get on to what we’re all really interested and look at how we can be the fastest possible.
Hammer the power?
Lets look at what happens if we put out an extra 10W across the course.
So at the start (1) the green line becomes steeper meaning putting out more power here is important and will make a bigger difference.
At 2 and 3 we can see the line flattens out, meaning the increase in power hasn’t actually made much of a difference to your time here so you don’t need to waste extra energy pushing here.
Number 4 the line is at it’s steepest over the whole graph so here is where we really want to push out the power.
The finish (5), again flattens off, so obviously push out whatever you have left, but the best place to really focus on is number 4, just before the end!
The other big question is seated or standing? Obviously you can push out more power standing but sometimes to maintain standing for the whole climb isn’t always possible. So is there a best place to take a rest?
Seated or standing?
At 2 we can see the graph is steeper and we saw from the power graph that the increase in power isn’t actually as important here, so here is the ideal time if you need a break from standing, lowering your CdA is favourable.
3 has a slight slope but is flatter than most of the graph and we know that this section, the power really makes a difference, so standing here really is your best bet!
4 gets steeper again so the lowered CdA will make a difference to your time in the region of about 2 seconds quicker.
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These numbers are for a rider and bike of 80kg, CdA of 0.335 and 350W, with weather conditions of 20/10/21 – 11.30am