The mid-winter break is a good time to check the archives and remember some of our best days of the season past. For me it was the opening week of the Giro d'Italia along the shimmering Ligurian coast. The opening stage Team Time Trial at the Big Start in San Remo returned some of my favorite images from one of the world's most picturesque coastlines.
Best of PEZ: A controversial day at the Giro with the late change of route upsetting more than just the local organisers, who had worked hard to ensure the Crostis climb was ready. There was heat, there was hail and there was polemica. All in all it was another great day at the Giro d'Italia.
Time trials are all about “leaving everything on the road.” You want to pace yourself so that you hit the finish line with nothing left in the gas tank. Many strategies for achieving this have been proposed in the scientific literature. The other question to ask is what the effects of ability are on pacing strategy, and whether such strategy is ingrained or learned.