Friday’s team time trial and the Giro Rosa’s sixth stage on Wednesday (10 July), an individual time trial over 12.1 kilometres (Chiuro - Teglio), are important for CCC-Liv. The staff, in collaboration with the riders, searched behind for scenes, for clever areas for improvement in order to increase the chances leading to better results. These could be important in light of Ashleigh Moolman Pasio’s ambitions in the general classification.
The riders underwent a bike fitting on the Trinity time trial bike from Liv last spring, under the guidance of performance manager Hidde Bekhuis from CCC-Liv. “We then fine-tuned the position with the help of Notio Konnect, a special unit which measures air resistance. The aim was to have a position as aerodynamically as possible in which the riders could deliver the most possible power”, Hidde Bekhuis explains. “In Ashleigh's case, we also trained uphill in Girona to see if she could hold on to that position during a race when climbing, just like in the individual time trial in Italy.”
Calculations were made at the drawing board to optimise the set-up of the bike. For this purpose, the TrainingPeaks software simulated the time trial bike with constantly changing the parts, such as the Overachieve wheel sets and tires. At the same time, the course of the individual time trial in the Giro Rosa had been uploaded into the computer programme, in combination with the expected weather conditions. “Because there is a climb in the time trial, it is a trade-off between aerodynamics and weight. We now know exactly which choices we have to make and Ashleigh is well aware of these. This also provides a mental benefit.”
Less resistance with ceramic bearings from CEMA
The time trial and road bikes of Ashleigh and Marianne Vos have received special bracket bearings. These are from our partner CEMA Bearing, who developed the components for CCC-Liv at its factory in Asia. Hidde Bekhuis: “These are ceramic bracket bearings reducing resistance. It is a marginal gain that delivers an additional number of watts in practice. At a first glance it doesn't seem much, but together with other improvements, we know they can make a difference. We are pleased that CEMA Bearing has made this development possible.”
Photo credits: Cor Vos