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The NYC forward sprint - or is that a climb?
Zwifters that have ridden the NYC segment will know it is a climb, followed very quickly, by a downhill sprint.
To gain some descent speed on the down-hill, sprint portion of the segment, some portion of that speed needs to be gained on the preceding climb.
It is in effect a climb/sprint with the larger portion of energy expenditure being given to the climb. Too slow up the incline and all the catching up will need to be done on the farside. Climb too fast and there is a good chance of losing cadence power and so, speed, going down the timed section.
I have found a 75/25 power percentage works well. Hit the incline with 75% of available power, leave the rest for the down-hill-apex, the approach and the timed sector.
Although the down-hill timed sector is all over in a 'flash', it's best to tackle this sprint, as though the preceding climb is part of the whole timed sector.
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