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    New question here. Betasso: quicker in one direction?

    I cranked out a few quick laps at Betasso this afternoon. So darned fun! It seems like the laps done counter-clockwise (the current direction) don't take as long as the laps done clockwise. I don't have reliable data, though. Has anyone else noticed a difference?
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    I personally think i go faster clockwise.

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    clockwise for sure, the climbs seem longer counter

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    Maybe it depends on whether you are a sprinter or a climber.

    I think the CCW is faster because I'm more of a sprinter recover type so it feels better for me.

    The CW direction has a longer climb, not that either way are long climbs....

    Several laps of that trail is a great interval workout either way. Awesome training trail no matter who talks **** on it. If you don't like it, just do five more laps.
    Last edited by lidarman; 11-17-2007 at 12:13 PM.

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    The fastest I ever did the CCW direct is 18:50 seconds. That was the first lap though, always get progessively worse.
    Never timed myself CW but always feel like I'm going faster with less fatigue

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    I'm faster clockwise by a minute or so.

    I discovered a great workout in Friel's book. "Find a 20 minute loop that you like, ride it at a moderate pace...and then ride it again and again, each loop faster". So an 80-minute Betasso workout is a 4 looper...each one faster...man is that fun, it's a good way to push yourself. It's the best way I've found to make myself to really really hard intervals.

    For me, I start off with a 24 minute lap -- a pretty casual pace. Then a 22, then a 20, then as fast as I can... I don't remember what my PR is..I a year ago I did a 17:30 or something. I've heard the lap record is 15:30 or something like that.

    PS - I don't endorse racing around Betasso.

    PPS - Shuttling the connector trail is for absolute pussies. How lame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rapwithtom
    For me, I start off with a 24 minute lap -- a pretty casual pace. Then a 22, then a 20, then as fast as I can... I don't remember what my PR is..I a year ago I did a 17:30 or something. I've heard the lap record is 15:30 or something like that.

    PS - I don't endorse racing around Betasso.

    PPS - Shuttling the connector trail is for absolute pussies. How lame.
    Who cares about lap times - the real test of Betasso is cleaning the connector! (Which I havn't done in years, heck, I havn't even ridden there this year!)

    I'm not sure what the point of shuttling the connector is. It's pretty darned easy on any xc machine.
    Take the long cut, we'll get there eventually.

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    13:30 ccw

    Fastest recorded lap time.
    Last edited by perioeci; 11-18-2007 at 08:52 PM.

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    On a 15 minute lap this summer i got SMOKED by Alan Obye. i think it was him...all i saw was a blur and a Jamis.

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    Wow 13:30 that is ridiculous. I feel like I'm flying when doing that trail and to be beat me by 5 minutes is amazing. There are sections where I am full out sprinting up in the large chain ring. I know I can go fast but it would only be about a minute, maybe a minute and half.

    Erik

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