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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

stenard wrote:
SGreg wrote:
Copenhagen isn't as flat as you would imagine, but it is still VERY fast.

If you get unlucky with the wind it would be terrible but I don't think it's ever happened yet. It always seems to be tailwind in the right direction. Always a first though Laughing

I can't imagine you are a slower biker than me and I biked sub 5:30 at Copenhagen, and that included a big bonk and a hellish storm for the last 10 miles.

Surprised to hear you are a IM Virgin!

Useful info. Thanks.

It's the bike that scares me as it stands. I've only ever ridden 112+ miles once, and that was in a sportive with multiple stops, yet I still felt horrendous afterwards! I guess I have taken the more conservative approach to going long. First tri end of '13, first HIM in Aug '14, nothing longer than Oly in '15, first branded 70.3 in '16, two HIM last year, and finally stepping up.

It is fast, yes, but the wattage obviously depends on your aero-ness more than anything. I rode it in just under 6 at just under 200w so obviously a more brick front than you. Copenhagen is a good one to stay tucked for large parts of the course but there are some areas out in the NW corner where the turns on the small country lanes are to be vary off.

Also, please do not go out from the swim in a all-out-race mode. There are a bunch of small bridges and narrows to pass in the first 5k and I saw a lot of crashes. After 5k just unleash the fury. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chrace wrote:
stenard wrote:
SGreg wrote:
Copenhagen isn't as flat as you would imagine, but it is still VERY fast.

If you get unlucky with the wind it would be terrible but I don't think it's ever happened yet. It always seems to be tailwind in the right direction. Always a first though Laughing

I can't imagine you are a slower biker than me and I biked sub 5:30 at Copenhagen, and that included a big bonk and a hellish storm for the last 10 miles.

Surprised to hear you are a IM Virgin!

Useful info. Thanks.

It's the bike that scares me as it stands. I've only ever ridden 112+ miles once, and that was in a sportive with multiple stops, yet I still felt horrendous afterwards! I guess I have taken the more conservative approach to going long. First tri end of '13, first HIM in Aug '14, nothing longer than Oly in '15, first branded 70.3 in '16, two HIM last year, and finally stepping up.

It is fast, yes, but the wattage obviously depends on your aero-ness more than anything. I rode it in just under 6 at just under 200w so obviously a more brick front than you. Copenhagen is a good one to stay tucked for large parts of the course but there are some areas out in the NW corner where the turns on the small country lanes are to be vary off.

Also, please do not go out from the swim in a all-out-race mode. There are a bunch of small bridges and narrows to pass in the first 5k and I saw a lot of crashes. After 5k just unleash the fury. Smile

Again, thanks for the info. It's that kind of stuff which really is actually really helpful when there will be limited recce time.

As you say, the power required for certain times is definitely going to be individual. I did 88k in 2:30 at Cotswold in August off 198AP, 205NP. So I would say it's fair to assume I need less power for the same speed as you.

Whilst that course is pretty much a pancake (bar the "lump" at the mid-point of each lap), the roads are awful. So a "relatively flat" course with nicer surfaces should yield similar output in terms of ride time I would have thought. 185W for 5:30-5:45 doesnt seem outrageous. The June Cotswold was 183AP, 192NP for 2:32, so on that basis 2:45 pace (x2) could be a relative cruise Cool (famous last words!)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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