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by DartanianX

POC Aero road helmet used by Steele von Hoff to win the Australian Elite Men's Criterium title.

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Still rocking the old Garmin kit
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are the straya nationals not being televised anywhere?

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I find it fascinating these guys facing a full year of racing in Europe can come out with guns blazing at nationals in early January. Sure, these races are easy compared to racing the Tour or a spring classic, but still it seems luck a big kink in the normal pattern of preparing for a season.

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I'm not a pro so I can't speak from experience. But when guys like Cadel Evans and other big pros say they are using it as preparation for the Giro, I guess it makes sense. I suppose it would be different if your goal is for a podium finish at some big 3-week race in July...

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Some of the riders would like to bag a national championship win, and tries to build some form for the race. Some focus on the upcoming season in europe. The latter is often some of the better riders. I think this always makes the australian nationals exciting. There are a lot of different riders that can win it.

Then you have Simon Gerrans, who tends to be good in both january and amazing later in the season.

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by ultyguy

POC aero road is actually a really good looking helmet, the best of their lot IMHO.


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I think people take a certain kind of pleasure in posting un-flattering photos of Cav haha!
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i think photographers are taking a pleasure in taking un-flattering photos of cav!

but i like cav! just funny that photographers are taking....

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I know it will be different come March/April, but he has absolutely no definition in his legs in that photo....and a pudgy gut.....but as long as he smashes it in July none of it matters

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http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/ ... tep/288195

Weird HT/TT junction. Almost like a Venge without the top cap, but its labeled a Tarmac. New frame model/protoype?
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KWalker wrote:http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/photos/gallery-on-the-road-with-omega-pharma-quickstep/288195

Weird HT/TT junction. Almost like a Venge without the top cap, but its labeled a Tarmac. New frame model/protoype?


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xnavalav8r wrote:I'm not a pro so I can't speak from experience. But when guys like Cadel Evans and other big pros say they are using it as preparation for the Giro, I guess it makes sense. I suppose it would be different if your goal is for a podium finish at some big 3-week race in July...


Seems like it's preferable to have more miles, less intensity, less chaos for Giro preparation. Park yourself somewhere warm with good roads and ride a lot.

But it's not always a matter of optimal preparation, but compromising among multiple goals and pressures.

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djconnel wrote:I find it fascinating these guys facing a full year of racing in Europe can come out with guns blazing at nationals in early January. Sure, these races are easy compared to racing the Tour or a spring classic, but still it seems luck a big kink in the normal pattern of preparing for a season.


A pro is likely never any worse than 90% of their season's best these days. If you want to believe what Sky says at face value, bump that up to 95%. When you're Cadel Evans and can climb at 6.2 w/kg at 68 that implies the ability to put out a sustained effort at 420w. Considering its also a 1 day race and not a Grand Tour, its probably not too hard for him to put out a 405w effort or something in January. Plus, you have to realize that (at least in the US) the World Tour guys are definitely a big step up from the pure domestic teams. It seems the gap is narrower in Australia, but still, that WT experience and power probably goes a long way even in smaller races.
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