ASK TEAM NETAPP: "The fight against the clock" Part 2
Fans ask, Team NetApp answers. Due to the large demand, Timon Seubert is answering some more questions on the topic "Time Trial" today.
Do riders often prefer to know the interval time of their main rivals, so that they know how to pace themselves, or is it better to just ignore that information and just keep turning the pedals until the finish? What gear and at what cadence would you usually turn during a flat time trial?
You can no longer use radio in time trials (apart from in WorldTour and National Championship) which means that it is impossible in any case to get all the information, that is unless the Sport Director shouts it to you. In general, however, it is such that times only help somewhat in cases where you know the times of the others and to convey this information to the rider from a car is difficult. I personally like to have as much information as possible and need a lot of encouragement.
In terms of gear ratio, it is hard to give a tip as each rider is different. I think you should ride fluidly in a high gear. As soon as you cannot do so, I would change down.
How much effort should i put into my warm up?
The warm-up can be decisive when it comes to getting a good result. Your form in general must of course be good, if not then the best warm-up in the world won’t help. Depending on the length of the time trial, I can adjust my warm-up routine accordingly. I personally like to ride G1 for an hour in the morning, have a small snack and start with the warm-up approx. 1 - 1.5 hours prior to the time trial. For short time trials, I do a little more and for long ones a little less. Depending on how I feel, I then do two EBs at a relatively high frequency, whereby here too all riders have their own preferences in terms of routine.
What counts above all else is that the body is warmed up so that you are wide awake for the start of the race.
Do you ever choose to run double disc wheels? Or is it always just disc on the rear?
That is not usual for road racing as it is still important to get your bike moving, and the second disc makes it heavier and sluggish. Moreover, it no longer steers as directly and, as such, is slower on bends. In addition, there is the wind that makes it almost impossible to control the bike when you are lying on the supports.
What you like more? Time trails on mountains or on normal courses?
As I am myself a quite heavy rider, I prefer flat or gently rolling courses. As far as I am concerned, what is most important is to find the right rhythm and any slope can mess this up.
Do you train on the course prior to an important time trial and attempt to memorize the hills and the right gears etc. or do you rely more on your feel for the course?
As far as possible, I like to check out the course beforehand on my bike, whereby the bends are most important as here I can try out the speed at which I can ride them and see whether I can stay on the supports.
I have to find the right gear in the race itself and here too it is different for each race. I simply try to ride as fluidly as possible and stay in position as much as I can so as not to lose any time.