I come from a TT/Triathlon background - of late my triathlons are taking me into the draft legal realm and so I have been racing some crits. I have done a few now, including a 2/3/4 regional A race in the U.K. and thus the field was stacked. What I did notice was the increasing amount of ‘aero’ gear on offer. This included:
Aero socks - the type that dont break UCI rules
I can understand and comprehend the aero gains that are achieved through these items in a TT - having done my own aero testing I know that there is 4w in high end skinsuit for example. I then know that 4w at 40km/h is worth x seconds in a 10 mile TT - the maths here is understandable.
However in a crit, how do these gains contribute to performance? How do these equate to a win in a crit? is does it only matter if you are in the final sprint? - I guess if you make a break off the front it would all come into play then? Or is it an accumulation of ‘saved’ watts throughout the race?