WTRL #110 – Volcano Flat Reverse
Course Notes – 3 Laps – 37.5km
Pretty flat course with only a couple of short inclines of note, where a team member could get gapped if others drive too hard early on. Because this race is so long (over an hour for many), pacing is vital. Don’t start out too fast. Try and build your effort over the course of the 3 laps, keeping the squad together early on but not be afraid to drop riders who are really struggling if others are having to hold back too much.
No need for any significant w/kg agreements, other than perhaps going up the little gravel climb up to the Italian Villas and beyond.
Don’t Forget to try my TTT Time Predictor and Power Planner – complete with DS Call Sheet. Pretty confident in the times this week to about 30s if you race it well and assuming you get through without too much incident. I would suggest 120-125% turns early on, building to potentially shorter turns at 130%
The pace planner will tell every rider what they need to be doing in every position. This event is perfect for practicing those rotations.
Full Details below. Distances are full race distance, starting from the pens. Use the PRINT button for a simplified print out.
|500m||500m||2-3%||Initial drag off the sea front, one rider could take the lead on this.|
|1.0km||4.0km||Rotations based on Power Plan|
|5.0km||1.1km||3%||Gravel climb to Villas, then gentle road climb (agree w/kg for gravel to stay together)|
|6.1km||5km||Team Rotations all the way to the end of the undersea tunnel|
|11.1km||200m||3%||Stand as a group and push over this, avoid too many gear changes.|
|11.3km||1.7km||Rotations back through Arch and on to drag for lap 2|
|13km||500m||2-3%||Single rider as Lap 1, but now is the time to assess who can do more and push pace by 10W across the board|
|13.5km||4.0km||Rotations based on Power Plan|
|17.5km||1.1km||3%||Gravel climb to Villas, then gentle road climb (agree w/kg for gravel to stay together) – if anyone is likely to go it will be here. Decide quickly whether you slow on the road section to allow them back on.|
|18.6km||5km||Team Rotations all the way to the end of the undersea tunnel|
|23.6km||200m||3%||Stand as a group and push over this, avoid too many gear changes.|
|23.8km||1.7km||Rotations back through Arch and on to drag for final Lap|
|25.5km||500m||2-3%||Final Lap, time to really push on and if riders cannot do turns, they either ride threshold in position 2/3 (if they weren’t from the start) or are dropped.|
|26km||4.0km||Rotations based on Power Plan|
|30km||1.1km||3%||Gravel climb to Villas, then gentle road climb (agree w/kg for gravel to stay together) – if anyone is likely to go it will be here. Decide quickly whether you slow on the road section to allow them back on.|
|31.1km||5km||Team Rotations all the way to the end of the undersea tunnel|
|36.0km||200m||3%||Last big effort, carried through to the finish|
|36.2km||1km||Big pull now from strongest rider if possible to keep speed high even if they blow up – everyone else tuck in.|