Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Course Pre-Ride

I just got back from my first ride on Australian roads - I set out for my first pre-ride of the Ironman bike course this morning. It's flat, as advertised. There are a lot of 180-degree turn-arounds (four per lap). The only irritating thing is the wind: apparently the heatwave is dying down, and that's being replaced by some very strong (30+ km/hr) winds - and because the course runs mostly parallel to the course, these tend to be crosswinds more often than not.

Now I've got a bit of a dilemma: do I remove the wheel cover and ride a regular wheel, or leave the cover on and ride the disc? There were some sketchy moments on today's ride where the disc definitely caught a gust or two and I wasn't totally comfortable in the aero position on the exposed, windy straightaways.

It wouldn't be terribly difficult to remove the disc and may be worth doing if the winds keep up like this. I'll keep a close eye on the weather and make the final decision on Saturday. What would you do?

PS - My bike is looking especially bad ass right now.