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Postby Strawburger » 16 Aug 2012, 11:27

Hi All,

Where does one go to train for a road time trial in Sydney?

I'm thinking Centenial could be tricky as i would like to go over 30km/hr, I've tried laps of the Homebush bay but the traffic lights always seem to turn red as i'm approaching a good speed. The M7 may be a goer but walkers with dogs may be an issue (and i'll need to get the car out). Kernell? What's it like to ride down there on a weekday? Any others i've missed?

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Postby mikesbytes » 16 Aug 2012, 12:03

Kernell, you can ride out there and back

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Postby Simon Llewellyn » 16 Aug 2012, 12:39

Kurnell is definitely good.

The other place I enjoy is rnp from waterfall back to audley. The terrain is varied with the 3 main
Climbs, but it is generally undulating, quiet & good for time trial training because of the variation in the terrain. There are parts which are long stead down hill to perfect the aero position & then up hills which will condition strength. I don't particularly enjoy the climbing but really enjoy the atmosphere.

A few years back we had a Dhbc time trial event there and most people really enjoyed it.

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Postby Stuart » 16 Aug 2012, 13:15

M7 bike path is great for TT training. There are almost no walkers and very few dogs. Our women's masters TTT team use it as their training ground ...

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Postby marc2131 » 16 Aug 2012, 13:35

:shock: 36kmph on a bicycle path!
Never been on the M7 bike path. Only used the M4 path from Homebush to Parramatta, and it was rather narrow.
Assume the M7 is safer.

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Postby weiyun » 16 Aug 2012, 13:40

Alternative is on a stationary trainer. TT is about FTP power, one that a stationary trainer will provide. I also recall a story told on an O/S forum many years ago. A Canadian cyclist would only power train indoors on his home stationary trainer. Every now and then he would enter an ITT competition and cream the field. He simply has the power.

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Postby mr mojo » 16 Aug 2012, 14:37

I can vouch for the M7. In fact I managed to push out 42km on it this morning all non stop.

Agree with everything Stuey has said. I have mainly ridden it early morning weekdays and there is ever only light bike and pedestrian traffic. First weekend ride was last Sunday and there was way less bike traffic than I expected (although the strong southerly may have put a few people off).

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Postby Julio » 16 Aug 2012, 19:31

I use both kernell and waterfall to sublime for my TT training.

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Postby Strawburger » 16 Aug 2012, 20:54

Thanks everyone! I'll give Kernell a go, perhaps a crack at the waterfall ride on the weekend and if i get some time, sneak in a weekday visit to centennial. As M7 is a trek, i may defer that visit once i test out the local options.

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Postby timyone » 16 Aug 2012, 20:56

it depends a bit on how you want to train for it, what type of time trial, how far etc, and then do you want to just do intervals in the bars, as well as some rides with hills, and some rides with longer km's etc?

I did a national park ride with Christian that was hard back to Sutherland from waterfall after doing the park. I also do things like Kernel as every one says, and I would do Centennial park. As Weiyun said, a stationary trainer with what ever power intervals would be good too.

But yeah, I am not too up with all the fancy training bits and pieces, and it would probably require info on how much time you have, what your time trial is, etc etc etc to decide what to do, as to some extent I reckon I could train for a time trial at any of the mentioned spots, except maybe on the way to work, though the fitness would help.

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Postby timyone » 16 Aug 2012, 21:03

(you can just do the loop with the M7 in it)

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Postby mikesbytes » 16 Aug 2012, 21:19

The route I rode the TT bike was;
Tempe -> RNP (Audley in, Stanwell Tops out) -> Wollongong -> Mt Kera -> Wollongong -> RNP (Stanwell Tops in, Audley out) -> Tempe -> German Club

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Postby Strawburger » 17 Aug 2012, 08:32

Yeah, i'm happy enough to do the power training on an indoor trainer, but wanted gain familiarity with the bike & equipment setup on the open road too (thus not look like a bigger fool on the start line!). I don't want to make my ventures a leisurely roll around so I want to get a decent stretch of road to practice on.

I'm wanting to enter the state and national masters TT. My aim is to finish 2nd last or better. It will be touch and go as to finishing last so i'm hoping at least two other people will be in the same situation as i will be in!

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Postby mikesbytes » 17 Aug 2012, 09:16

What did you buy?

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Postby Strawburger » 17 Aug 2012, 10:42

2nd hand helmet. Still same bike with clip ons. Been a while since i kitted up in full tt racing attire with the bike. Thinking about options on wheels (buy/rent)

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Postby mikesbytes » 17 Aug 2012, 10:55

There's a number of bargains popping up on second hand Zipp wheels, as people upgrade to the new firecrest range. Also have a look at these ones

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Postby timyone » 18 Aug 2012, 18:33

Cool, well start by getting as fit as you can


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