blybo wrote: Atomic Kitten wrote: parawolf wrote: blybo wrote:
Not that I'm racing but a climb will split up the lower grade more than the higher ones where on average the weight differentials would be lower. I doubt there's many 85+kg riders in A and B. C and D have skinny little whippets too but also more of the Clydesdales
Weight difference between myself (81kg) and another Coburg rider I know (53kg) - both racing B-Grade NC level. On an undulating course, the times will be pretty similar. On a hill climb, he'll slaughter me.
There are plenty of 'wide' variations in B-Grade, there just aren't he outliers too far over 80kg.
BMI is a better indicator than kg vs kg.
True, but would it not also be a fair comment that there is more likely to be riders like Viddy or myself with a higher BMI in the lower grades. Not that I like using BMI for athletic people but in this case your comparing cyclist with cyclist so its a good comparison tool.
To be honest, this hill is like Belmore, and Viddy climbs that hill fine. It's 1km long, so it's a power hill - 3-4 minutes or so in climb time, ie well under sustained VO2max effort / output.
It almost sounds like you are suggesting the TTs should be swapped around because one rider is heavier than the others, and it's not "fair". I put it to you that road racing goes uphills, and a heavier rider is always going to be challenged in that regard until she loses some kgs, regardless of whether it's a TT or a complete road race circuit. Nothing is going to encourage weight loss more than having some hills in a race.
Racing, IMO, is 40% fitness, 30% attitude and 30% luck. If you have the wrong attitude going in to any race, you are already defeated.
With all due respect to Viddy; he does like to talk himself down, and most people do like to molly coddle him. HTFU, trust your training, give it your all, and have fun. It actually doesn't matter if you come dead last (I have done), as long as you enjoy yourself (I did).