There a numerous race strategy’s for the TDR. And they tend to go hand in hand with the various bike and gear selections. Having completed the 2010 TDR my thinking has evolved a bit. When I look back I realize I spent much of my time in 2010 worrying about what ‘might’ happen.
Well what might happen ‘might’ but most likely ‘won’t’.
· I will maintain the best pace I can but will not overextend myself on climbs.
· Within reason I will not let rain, or distant rain clouds, dictate my saddle time or end of day.
· I will not routinely over supply or carry to much water.
· I will camp more but with a more resilient sleep system.
· I will ride longer but may stop more often at the opportunities for real food. (Note to self: do not over eat real food except at the end of the day)
· I may take more power naps rather than always try to caffeine my way through.
· I will not carry to many superfluous repair parts and extra clothing. Or have tires and drivetrain items unnecessarily replaced.
· I hope to sometimes ride with other racers. But will not automatically lock into someone else’s pace or schedule. (note: this is a complex topic so please don’t read too much into my abbreviated comments)
Dragon bike is ready to get down to it