Hello everyone, I’m training for a big mountainous climb that continuously goes up hill for 100 KM, from sea level to over 10,000ft at the top with minimal downhill sections. I tried this a couple of times before but despite improvements on W/KG over the last two years and this climb always becomes a grinding fest at the last 10km which average over 10% in gradient.
Specifically I’m curious to know how much of the gradual fading in power is related to fatigue and how much of is related to altitude effects? I have successfully completed 4-5 hrs ride on trainer holding a sustainable power using erg mode with no coasting. But this strategy doesn’t work because of the altitude effects. How much should I really save in the tank considering altitude is going to kick in no matter what I do? Should I try 0.7 intensity factor consistenty through out the climb or is it better to do 0.8 IF for the first 2/3 and let altitude kicks in the last 1/3 and still average 0.7 overall.
I’m a big fan of trainerroad. Love to know what you guys think.