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Time Trial Deep Dive, Pros vs. Joes, Carson City Recap and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 163

Our 40k TT is right around the corner, and for this episode of the podcast we’ve assembled every detail of our equipment, nutrition and strategy for you, along with a look at what makes pros better than amateurs and whether weight loss always makes you faster or not.



Topics covered in this episode

  • What makes pros better than amateurs
  • Two different ways to race a crit
  • What we learned from the Carson City Off-Road
  • Hardtail or full suspension: which is best?
  • How Coach Chad is avoiding cramps
  • Suspension setup tips for mountain bikers
  • Our final preparations for the 40k TT
  • How to choose between helmets for a time trial
  • Do vents make a helmet slow?
  • Why a disc wheel might not be faster
  • Aerobar setup tips for time trials
  • What data fields to show during a race?
  • What to eat before a short time trial?
  • Should you not eat breakfast before a race?
  • How to pace a time trial perfectly

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Ian Meintjes

Ian Meintjes is a pro enduro racer and the producer of the Ask a Cycling Coach podcast. Ian’s successful track record in cross-country and enduro racing, along with years of experience as a customer support agent have made him an expert on all things training and racing with power.