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    • That's awesome you were able to gains in that amount of time. Without knowing the details, this sounds like you went from just riding your bike every day to doing focused structured training. I see this a lot where cyclist will be mid pack, and then switch to consistent structured interval training and see massive improvements.

      Now I want to get back for a PR on Hawk Hill :)

    • Let me add using latex tubes to the list of how to go faster without getting more fit. A latex tube saves about 5 watts of power for each wheel it's used in. Cheap and easy speed though it'll require a tire pump up before each ride.

    • Oh yea latex tubes are great! I also find them easier to change than butyl tubes as well. Though I have heard others have problems. Just beware using them with carbon clinchers, they have a lower melting point than butyl, so a heavy guy, on a hot day on a steep descent is something to be aware of.

      5 watts per wheels seems pretty high to me though, the numbers I've seen are more like 5 for the whole system on the high end. Still a significant difference though. Some data here.

    • I'm going to add work on descending and cornering skills. I don't think I mentioned those. There are lots of great videos on youtube that have pointers on developing bike handling skills.