2010/08/28

Back to speeds



Sorry if I don't post as much lately, the new job keeps me busier and I'm trying to make the most of the rest of the cycling season. That means less time to write. But before I go to sleep to get some rest for a road race tomorrow, here is some meat.

My 1x10 experiment is over for now. Not working well? It does work very well but not for everything. While I love it for riding for fun in most places, I found that in order to get a low gear I want, I lose a bit too much top gear for race starts and sprints (as in the uphill TT I did recently) or for the long smooth fast stretches of hardpack trails that are often very present in races longer than XC distances (as in an upcoming race)... So back are the 29/42 chainrings, so is the old Dura-Ace front derailleur and X.0 Grip Shift but only on the left, the right shifter is still the XX trigger. I could buy a XX front shifter but I actually like Grip Shifts a lot better for the front shifting. It allows some trim and more control over the speed of the downshifts. Too fast, snappy downshifts can throw a chain too far if you hit a bump at the same time...



I'm racing the Sherboucle for my second time tomorrow, hopefully I can do better than last year, it was my first road race, it was cold, raining and windy. Tomorrow should be hot, sunny but probably still windy, gotta stay close to the front from the start so I don't get caught behind a split like last year. After that, next week is a recovery week, I'll probably be going to Mont Sainte-Anne for the World Championships armed with a camera, moving around the course during the XC races and I'll probably be sneaking around the Cannondale pits...

And after that? I'll be doing pretty much all my trainings with cyclocross in mind. There is talks about weekly dan.gerous.net cyclocross training nights in Sherbrooke, more to come on that one but basically, it's going to be free and anyone can come, I'll have some barriers, some training ideas but I'm no pro so the idea is to practice and exchange knowledge between everyone that comes, whether you're just getting started or if you're a 6 times US CX Champion.

Alright, off to bed.

2 comments:

uki said...

How big a chainring were you using? I'm pretty happy with a 38t and a 11-34 cassette, but all depends on the course, of course...

Dan Gerous said...

I had a 32T. Bigger would work fine but not always, some trails/courses have too long, too steep climbs... There are a lot of different profiles around here, one ring size doesn't work perfectly everywhere. Well, for my legs anyway, I could probably go as big as you do but spinning an easier gear helps the legs stay fresh. For trail riding it's okay but in races, I think having a bigger range can help...