I am a heavier (225 lbs/102 kg), older rider (48). I’ve done the Whistler Gran Fondo 4 times. It’s 122 km with ~ 1,500 meters (4,500 feet) climbing.
My typical speeds during the climbs drop quite a bit on steep sections sometimes as slow as 8-15 km/hr. So very slow. Not winning the event any time soon :~)
Ignoring the downhill and flat sections, I know the hills have benefit. I am wondering are there any benefits what so ever of drafting on the climbs? Or is it complete wasted energy trying to line up behind a wheel?
Being this slow, I’m not getting into any big groups (so maybe behind one or two people.