The World Champs are here and the TT event took place in Flounders, Belgium on Sunday. Fillipo Ganna was looking to defend his title from last year. He did just that beating the home team favorites Wout Van Aert and Remco Evenepoel. Stefan Kung the Euro champ disappointingly finishing outside the podium. Ganna later said the key to the win was his high altitude training a few weeks ago. High altitudes help athletes train the lungs to get more oxygen in so that it goes to the cells faster, therefore they do not get tired easily. The 42 km course was a long one for a TT event. So often the choice of a bike in a TT is the difference maker.

Wout finished second in the race but his bike was a marvel. Most bikes have a heart monitor fitted in them. It measured whether the rider is riding at the correct intensity during the race, in such a flat surface as this TT it was vitally important. The usual aerodynamic positioning of the saddle higher than the handle bars is also important. Now almost a given. The use of hydraulic brakes instead of mechanical ones crucial because the open and lock mechanism prevents water and debris from wearing the brakes out. Lastly, the rear disc wheels are to reduce air resistance and are better than spoke wheels, but are vulnerable to cross winds. So a weather check prior to the race won’t hurt.