With the Scarlet Fire 2-Person Team Time Trial fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time for some 2-person team time trial tips. If you're looking to register for this event, you can at True Sport. If you're still looking for a partner for the Scarlet Fire 2-Person 40K TTT, I'll have a signup sheet at both the Bong and a Half TT this Sunday, and the Harvard TT next Sunday. Hopefully, I can take this information and help assist you in finding a partner for the event, or the Wolfgang Freitag Memorial 2-Person 50k TTT in Hersher, IL on Sunday, July 8th.
As a team, you should pre-ride the course together. If time doesn't allow for that, then drive the course the morning of the event before the first rider takes off. If all else fails, the two of you better study the map before you set out.
Both verbal and nonverbal communication is crucial to your success in the team time trial. Verbally communicate about the tempo...is it too fast...too slow? At times it might be difficult to verbally communicate because of the wind, so having a couple simple hand gestures will aid when this becomes an issue. For example: when you make a turn, your teammate might indicate the direction you'll be rotating on this stretch by moving their hand clockwise or counter clockwise. If you're the lead rider make sure you leave the necessary room for your teammate to pull through as you roll off.
This event can be difficult when you’re sitting on the rivets, so don't forget to let your teammate know they did a nice job pulling into the wind or grinding it out on a false flat. It's up to the two of you to get yourselves to the finish...so stay positive!
When rotating, don't make the trailing rider accelerate to come around you at the front. The leading rider should pull off to the left or right depending on wind direction. If you're the rider pulling through, you should do your best to maintain this speed....keep things smooth! Don't forget that your teammate just put in a serious effort at the front, so you better not gap him.
You and your partner might want to rotate in such a manner that one rider will always lead you into and out of turns. This works really well when one of you is a better "wheel sucker" or has the ability to quickly accelerate back into the slipstream if a small gap does open up. When you consider that the Garden Prairie course has six turns (3 left and 3 right), using this tactic just might save you some serious time in the end. It would also be wise to try this at the turnaround. Allow the rider who has a smooth, constant acceleration to take the lead...similar to the start.
During the event you'll have been communicating while rotating, this will have allowed you to adjust to the circumstances that have arisen. For example, one rider might have to take longer pulls while allowing your partner to take shorter pulls. Don't get caught up in having to equally share the work load. If you're the stronger rider, 30 seconds in the slipstream can help you recoup, so you can continue your one minute pulls.
By the time you and your teammate are in the home stretch, I'm sure you'll both have completely turned yourselves inside out to go as fast as possible. Therefore, this isn't the time to out sprint your teammate to the line. However, it would be smart to finish side by side since the clock stops as the second rider crosses the line. To do this, you could come up alongside your teammate with about 20-30 meters before the line.
What's not to be excited about when you have a bakers dozen of fine Jewish pastries waiting for you when you’re done.
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Once again, don't forget the scoring and categories have changed this year for the team time trial competition. Hopefully, these new categories will make things interesting.
Team Time Trial Scoring:
2-Person Team Time Trial Categories:
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