Hey all, I have my A race coming up in a couple of weeks, the beautiful GMSR.
Getting excited, and was feeling pretty fit till I reconed the course last weekend. I quickly realized that my gearing was sub-optimal. I’m on a 2019 Specialized Allez Comp with stock everything. It’s setup with a 52/36 up front, and 11/28 rear gearing. There’s one section with a 12% avg grade over 2 miles, with the last mile kicking up to 18% at points. I was about to fall over in the lowest gear.
I think a large part of this is my own fault since I’ve done the vast majority of my training inside in ERG mode, and generally keep cadence high. I’m just not used to those low-cadence stomps, especially for that long.
Do you all think that it would make an appreciable difference to spend the considerable $$ to switch out the chain/cassette to 11/32? I know I’m not going to get fitter, but by difference, I mean just the ability to stay at threshold till I want to surge, instead of being forced into a major surge.
As a positive, I got a great strava result on the climb by accident