I've been doing a good little loop recently, when I've not had time to go on longer rides (or it's been hot all day and I've wimped out till evening). It's about 17k's with 380m of climbing, and I'm doing it in about 45 minutes (4, 5 times now), so 23-24 k's an hour.
What's the best way to pick up the pace, given time constraints?
It's a standard 105 groupset
53/39, not sure about the cassette, I'll check in the morning and let you know.
But I don't really have much choice to change it at the moment, no funds.
Compact cranks are a winner for Radelaide terrain for sure. Especially if you like checking out new roads and learning higher cadence for improved climbing efficiency.
I remember Roberto Heras getting busted for doping whilst using a triple ring in the Vuelta. Best climber in the world on the best gear and still using a triple ring to win the stages.
Its all about cadence.. :)
I do tend to keep my cadence up, and do enjoy checking out new roads. My most recent was up collins hill, a somewhat more challenging alternative to the normal route along lobethal.
Collins Hill is a nice little berg for sure!
I hear you, Cadence is the trick DR
took me a decade to really work it out. Seeing the digits on the power meter confirmed what Id seen Lance do on TV.
Spinners are winners.
Spinners are winners, Grinders are losers
And recently Sky lost out because they didn't use a mountain bike cassette on one climb…
I continue to train cadence and monitor it constantly...as i do with HR. Although for me Cadence has always been more important, its how i started cycling....back on BMX's pedalling so fast and rapidly just to get anywhere, and then onto the MBXs and the 3 cranks. when i got my first road bike Cadence became a challenge and fun! I began doing Cadence training and now i Avg about 100rpm, on a flat-ish ride. Its not pro cadence, and i probably never will be, but thats how i like it up above the 100s or dead on it.