Great TT stage at the Giro today. Levi setting up to be the first American ever to podium in all three grand tours. As I said on Twitter, how was today’s hilly TT different from an uphill TT in the TDF? The Italian fans weren’t spitting on Armstrong! Di Luca can at least temporarily retire his pink kits, but all considered he did well. As the video below shows, even a Giant Giro Jerk Dillweed Dumba*s, also kitted out in pink couldn’t slow Di Luca, but he did piss him off. I wish Di Luca had caught him in the chops.
Monthly Archives: May 2009
I often get asked about what the “best” elbow, forearm, and hand position is. Elbows close together or far apart? Hands high or low? Forearms straight behind hands or angled in? The answer: All of them, and none of them. There is no simple answer. It depends on race goal first – for IM you need to emphasize comfort. For a 30 min TT, aero is all that matters. And it seems that the most aero setup varies from rider to rider. Just look at this photo of 2nd place Garmin from the Giro TTT. Danielson (leading) has narrow elbows, high hands. Look at rider #3 (not sure who it is) WIDE elbows, forearms straight behind hands, low hands. Zabriske (leading in lower pic) has his elbows jammed together and hands neutral.
Finally had some time to view the entire Giro TTT stage 1. A few things jumped out at me:
Lance’s position looked notably lower in front than his Tour of CA setup. I know that he had reduced front end drop before that race, and had a relatively disappointing Solvang TT. I heard Carmichael say that he recorded his highest power ever yet finished well back. That kindof screams that there is an aero issue, and from the quick shots of the TTT they have lowered him back down again and possibly increased his reach to mimic more of a Contador position.
Cervelo Test Team still on the P3, except for Lithuanian TT champ Ignatus Konovalovas who debuted the P4. Oddly he left the lower triangle empty, choosing not to fill it with the custom waterbottle or frame “stiffener”. There is no question in my mind that this partially ruins the aerodynamics of the P4, so I wonder if the bottle/stiffener was disallowed by the judges? Is this why no one else rode it?
Having just finished building a P4 and riding mostly behind another one for 60 miles at sometimes high speeds in 30mph winds Sunday, I can say that I am more impressed with this frame than I was initially. You can’t help but notice how clean, thin and uncluttered it looks on the road when riding next to it. Look for more on building the P4 and my buds’ riding impressions vs their P3’s soon.
Garmin and Columbia overall had the best and most consistent aero positioning, and their results bear this observation out.
Arm positions are still all over the map: wide elbows, narrow elbows, high hands, flat hands (didn’t see any dropped hands), etc.
Cancellara looked good on the new Specialized prototype, but unfortunately the team’s results were subpar.
Check out these pics from the Tour of the Gila (which included a guest appearance from “Team Mellow Johnny’s” aka Astana, Lance , Levi). In this gallery you can see TT positions ranging from the excellent to the “more effort needed”! Remember, this was a 16 mi TT, so no holds should be barred here for aero positioning. Here are a few pics, see if you can decide which category these fall into! The point here is not to ridicule anyone, but to point out once again that some of these folks were clearly leaving a lot of free speed on the table.