No, you didn’t bother to read the article either. Nor did Sam. His original statement was “a TTT can only be ridden at the speed of your 4th slowest rider regardless of who’s on the front”.macbindle said:Errr...No.thehog said:And to prove my point there is an article on the very subject two days ago on Training Peaks:
ie stronger than your weakest riderIn an individual Time Trial (TT) riders tend to target a steady pace at or around their Functional Threshold Power. But in a TTT, each rider will take turns pulling the group at significantly higher power for a short period of time.The goal is to keep the team’s speed consistent, but higher than any individual rider could ride alone.
Notably, at these speeds, the front rider will be pushing very high raw power, which means that their watts/kg will have a minimized impact. Disregarding aerodynamic differences for a second, on a flattish course, a smaller climber and large power TT rider have to push roughly the same power to maintain that speed when riding out front.
You haven't grasped what the article is saying. You are comparing the weakest rider in a TTT to same rider doing ITT.
Sam is talking about weakest rider in TTT compared to TTT group as a whole.
Really basic mistake on your part.
Which is plain wrong.