Don’t Boil in a Skin­suit

Lessons from the past year of rac­ing

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - NOTES FROM THE GRUPPETTO - By Bart Eg­nal

This past year, I learned a lot of things rac­ing my bike. I learned that you should tuck your head down when you’re on your TT bike so that even though you can barely see, you won’t be deal­ing with drag. I learned that sprint­ing is as much about po­si­tion­ing your­self in the last few kilo­me­tres as it is about push­ing big watts. And most im­por­tant, I learned that while you should al­most al­ways wear a full skin­suit and aero hel­met to race a crit, you prob­a­bly should avoid do­ing so when the tem­per­a­ture is higher than 35 C. I learned that les­son when I raced the Oss­ing­ton Crit in July with an av­er­age heart rate of 180 b.p.m., peak­ing at

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