I have a boardman SLR 9.8 carbon road bike. Its fast, stiff, lovely going up and down hills. Its crazy light. I've done the dragon ride on it... The compromise of all of the above is its a bit harsh, twitchy... It only takes 23cs
I have a steel salsa collosal road bike, with disk brakes. Comfy, easy to ride, great position on the aerobars, but a smidgin heavy. - it takes 28cs
I have a argon 18 e112 tri bike, but thats out as the bottle cage mounts are broken, (so the water bottles I use are behind the saddle, where my bike pack needs to go, so its out)
I've been pondering about the bike choice, with the high volume of climbing. However, the crriteria I used for bike choice probably still applies
comfort - riding an extra hour makes up for any loss in speed? stopping - descending in the rain off alpine passes, in city traffic in the rain etc tyres - 28s give comfort and last the distance
I think the colossal wins again, (unless I win the lottery then its a carbon/titanium frame + di2 + hydraulic disks )
Application in last weekend - I will discover by the end of december if I am in.
Training started this week. I signed up to trainer road - to give me motivation over the summer. I recommend it. I am going to follow their mid volume Base training plans. The 3 plans run for 4 weeks each, each building from the one before. However, I will increase each to 6 weeks instead of 4, and pull in a higher intensity session once a week. Oh and daily commuting 4/5 days a week.
Will start gym work at lunch once work stops interfering, I have and have started running 1-2 times a week. Just need to get in the pool again
Start - De Muur, Geraardsbergen, BEL CP1 // Puy du Dome, FRA, (Top of a volcano, Massif Central) CP2 // Furkapass, CH (middle of the Alps, - the alpine bit from Goldfinger ) CP3 // Passo Giau, ITA - More Alps into the Dolomites CP4 // Durmitor, Montenegro - basically the hilliest bit of the country Arrive // Canakkale, TUR ie Galipoli/Troy
3800k instead of 4200k, but way lots more climbing (CP1 - 3 is straight east across the french/swiss/italian alps.)