Good post tommasini
Train the way you intend to play.
Required output to maintain 45 kph on a TT:
Standard road bike, hands on hoods = 465 Watts
Same bike, hands down on the drops = 406 watts
The most significant gain in the above figures is basic changes in body position - not equipment......
So I'll say it again.......Train the way you intend to play.
This is interesting. so going to my drops (the change is so drastic), that i could lower my output by 59watts and still maintain 45kph? that is better than what aero bike and wheels give you. do you have any data that you can link to a test done on this? would love to see it.
i usually dont ride in the drops all that often, i am pretty stretched at the hoods. while i can ride at the drops no problem, i am not use to the position; like some have already mentioned. taking it into consideration, next time im in a small group ride and i decide to go solo i will try it. See, this is why i need a power meter.