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TRO Saracen




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2017 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Kaye is good, I tend to assume the race is in danger when there are no pros though (like Wimbleball)
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TRO Saracen wrote:
I tend to assume the race is in danger when there are no pros though (like Wimbleball)

Have I missed the announcement that it's a non-pro race?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WhittleFit wrote:
TRO Saracen wrote:
I tend to assume the race is in danger when there are no pros though (like Wimbleball)

Have I missed the announcement that it's a non-pro race?



If so I missed it too....
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like its still a standard 2000 point race although only $40k prize purse.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
WhittleFit wrote:
TRO Saracen wrote:
I tend to assume the race is in danger when there are no pros though (like Wimbleball)

Have I missed the announcement that it's a non-pro race?



If so I missed it too....


It was a non-pro race last year too. I think it's had a relatively small field in the past compared to some of the others.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SwimsLikeAWalrus wrote:
SGreg wrote:
WhittleFit wrote:
TRO Saracen wrote:
I tend to assume the race is in danger when there are no pros though (like Wimbleball)

Have I missed the announcement that it's a non-pro race?



If so I missed it too....


It was a non-pro race last year too. I think it's had a relatively small field in the past compared to some of the others.


No it wasn't, there was both male and female pro races. My club mate raced and came 5th in mpro.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SwimsLikeAWalrus wrote:
It was a non-pro race last year too. I think it's had a relatively small field in the past compared to some of the others.

Not sure Phil Graves and Nic Baldwin would be too happy being called non-pro's! Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:14 am    Post subject: Re: Ironman Wales 2017 - 10th September 2017 Reply with quote

concerning the bike course: how are the downhills? i don't mind of the hills which is the attractive part for me
are downhills technical/scary? I am pretty bad in tech skills
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:44 am    Post subject: Re: Ironman Wales 2017 - 10th September 2017 Reply with quote

Plissken wrote:
concerning the bike course: how are the downhills? i don't mind of the hills which is the attractive part for me
are downhills technical/scary? I am pretty bad in tech skills


I raced Tenby last year. It's not too technical or scary, just be sensible. Saw one guys stack it and another being put in an ambulance but they must have lost concentration or not taking care because there is nothing too difficult.

Just ride within your capability, don't be afraid to slow down.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of interest how does the course break down in terms of Aero?

I'm spending a lot of time on the turbo in my Aero position, and I'm finding power production comes a bit easier for me when tucked.

Worrying I will struggle to put this too good use? How much of the course is realistically aero? I don't really like climbing much above 5-6% aero as it just feels wrong and pretty pointless, there isn't much wind at those speeds. But other than that I'm quite happy tucked up spinning away.

I don't have a road bike so the road vs TT debate is not a problem for me!


PS Not concerned with aero/non aero descending that's an assessment I will reserve for on the day based on courage.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SGreg wrote:
Out of interest how does the course break down in terms of Aero?

I'm spending a lot of time on the turbo in my Aero position, and I'm finding power production comes a bit easier for me when tucked.

Worrying I will struggle to put this too good use? How much of the course is realistically aero? I don't really like climbing much above 5-6% aero as it just feels wrong and pretty pointless, there isn't much wind at those speeds. But other than that I'm quite happy tucked up spinning away.

I don't have a road bike so the road vs TT debate is not a problem for me!


PS Not concerned with aero/non aero descending that's an assessment I will reserve for on the day based on courage.


In my opinion it is definitely a TT course. Yes there is a lot of hills but there are also spots that you are not allowed on your aero bars so you don't have to think. Most of the first 50 miles you can get aero and chunks of the 2 hard loops you can too.
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