Hmm I did the LBL summer edition (125KM, 2200 meters of climbing if I am not mistaken) earlier this year and found there were three different different types of Col’s in that edition.
First off, this year is my first year riding and my first couple of months on trainerroad so I am not an expert by any means and I think it depends on how well trained you are.
There were two Col’s where I think the sustained power would be of very good use, these were Col’s that were 1.5KM and longer and had sections ranging from 12% to 18% I believe.
There was one which was really stretched out 4.4 KM’s or something like that and had a peak here and there of above 10% but that one didn’t really hurt if you conserved yourself on the lower gradients, you should have enough to complete it.
And there was one which was relatively short, 700M but with 20% in it, for that one VO2 max training would’ve been useful back then.
I had trouble with the one’s I felt I needed the sustained power for, one I misjudged and blew up my legs/lungs at what I thought was the final push put there was another 300 - 400M to go.
The last one which was 2.2KM I believe with a 16% section in it was just too hard for me, it was at 115KM or so and I think I would’ve had trouble with it even if it would’ve been the first climb.
I think I was also mentally broken by and older man, he overheard my buddy and I talking about that climb before we got to it and he said; Don’t worry it’s only hard until the first bend and after that it’s easy.
I don’t think I have ever been lied to more in my life. Not taking advice from anybody during an event any more
My failure on the two Col’s actually lead me to trainerroad, I wanted to do more in the winter to have a better chance at completing climbs like that.
As for the stuff in between, I don’t think you need sustained power, unless you are really trying to get the best possible time. My buddy and I weren’t pushing in those sections and reserving energy for the climbs. We usually caught the persons on the climbs who were pushing in between, go figure.
I am going to do the SSBLV 1 (already done, SSBLV2 (nearly done), SPB LV and specialty will choose the climbing plan as I think it will help more in other events than just the Amstel Gold Race.
I did the Cauberg last year when I was watching a buddy of mine who entered the Amstel Gold Race.
I want to cycle around it as I was new to cycling and injured but traffic guard ordered me to go up.
So there I was injured, no warm-up and no real climbing experience at 8:30 AM going up the Cauberg and making it. I think that’s the point where I started liking road cycling .