The Cheat Sheet (watts)
The cheat sheet breaks the course into scenarios with power targets for each based on your goal targets and course/weather conditions. Many of our Pros and Members use the cheat sheet exclusively on race day. While racing you can follow the power targets based on the situation you are in at the time (i.e. riding into a head wind on a flat to rolling section target 200 watts or riding up a minor hill 1-2% target 215 watts).
What if I don't race with a power meter?
While Best Bike Split does rely on power to give an accurate model and pacing plan, it is possible to use estimated speed in lieu of power for race day execution via our Speed Based Course Cheat Sheet provided that you have done the following.
- Have a good understanding of what your accurate FTP (Functional Threshold Power) is based on an indoor smart trainer or from using a power meter in training (Powertap wheel).
- Rerun the model with the most up-to-date weather forecast update.
- Be flexible to know when a certain speed may be pushing your HR or level of effort too high. In these cases you can shift your target speeds down a bit and keep the same speed deltas between conditions.