|AEROMAN is aerodynamic.|
TT means Time Trial
By Tim White
and that means racing against the watch.
Often at the pro level, racers who are
battling hard for the GC can either be made or broken with an individual
In the Individual Time Trial it's about
individual effort, no drafting, just what you can do against the clock,
and since we are often pushing for a high speed long term "schedule" at the
velodrome, the TT is a wonderful way to practice sustained high
When my son Alex and I
got started with racing anything other than cyclocross, the TT
was the first discipline we tried because it seemed the safest. Afteral you race alone.
Racers start at staggered intervals often
30 sec or 1 min apart from each other. Courses have minimal local
traffic, so on the whole, I think the Individual TT is one of the safest forms of cycling
take a fancy TT bike to race successfully either. (though it REALLY helps)
There is the "Eddy Category" (named after the Belgian Superstar of the 70's, Eddy Merckx
) where you use a regular road bike, no aero gear allowed. Or if you can get clip on aero bars, then get a shorter stem with a negative
slope and you've just converted your road bike.
You must get a shorter stem to protect your LATISSIMUS DORSI including the Fascia-Thoracolumbar fascia Pelvic Bone-Iliac crest; Insertion: Humerus- Intertubercular(bicipital) groove, or even more importantly the ERECTOR SPINAE- the three columns of muscle lying in parallel along the spine including SPINALIS-most medial, LONGISSIMUS-intermediate ILIOCOSTALIS-lateral.
Injuries in these muscle groups are VERY uncomfortable, and can destroy the first part of the race season. Ask Ian Connors how these injuries feel.
By using a 1cm SHORTER stem than your normal road stem, you will protect these muscles as well as create a very drivable aero position.
|Racing the 2k TT at Alpenrose Velodrome|
After we learn to drive our Aero-Bars in the Individual circumstance, we can apply it to the Team event. Team TT
events include the TTT
and the Team Pursuit
at the velodrome.
like to volunteer my joy, zeal and desire to improve in the TT to The Team as we start working on getting our bikes and bodies prepared for a team time trial capability. All
the work we do with pacelines will have served us well when we want to give a TTT
practice a shot. But first we need to get comfortable riding aero bars our own.
We can make this a scoring strategy as well as a personal goal set with the annual OBRA
series competition just for Time Trialing:
2013 TT Cup Calendar
– Subject to Change
Date Event Location
February 24 Jack Frost TT Vancouver, WA
APRIL 5th As the Raven Flies McMinnville, OR
April 20th PIR TT Portland, OR
May 25 As the Raven Flies 40k Corvallis, OR
June 14 Mary’s Peak Hillclimb Philomath, OR
July 13 Wildcat Mountain Uphill TT Estacada, OR
August 9th OBRA TT Championship Peoria, OR
August 10th OBRA Hillclimb Championship Government Camp, OR
Please contact me (Tim White) either by email (DOPPELGANGER_PRIME@YAHOO.COM) or phone (503-977-2212) if you want to get any advice about gear or fit for TT racing.
Strategy: We have several
months to get ready still, but lets start thinking about it and working on it. Junior
entries are usually pretty slim at Raven so it would be a good race for
them to target along with Jack Frost to get any kinks out.