So I am back from a wonderful time in France racing Alpe D’Huez triathlon!
Now I don’t profess to be a triathlete, I am simply a cyclist who does the odd triathlon (mostly because I can’t swim or run), but racing out there got me thinking about how you might want to change your bike set up if you are not an experienced cyclist.
One of the problems tend to be gear ratio – if you haven’t got enough gears you are going to end up churning a very hard gear – this is going to have a massive impact on your knees, and also more than likely end up putting a lot of pressure through the saddle.
Another aspect is saddle and saddle height, contrary to belief you may end up moving forwards on the saddle. A simple tweak to the saddle tilt and fore/aft can make the difference between you having lots of saddle pressure and being comfortable.
Finally, trying to ride up a mountain with the same cockpit set up as an aggressive flat course is just asking for shoulder and neck pain. Consider raising the bars at the front to take some weight off your hands and allow you to relax your shoulders.
If you are really looking for a challenge next year I can highly recommend Alpe D’Huez!