Montpelier resident brings time trial champs to Roxbury
Jean LaCroix of Montpelier is the man behind this year’s TT Championships to be held July 19 in Roxbury.
Back for a second year, but under the leadership of LaCroix, this year’s event should be larger and more inclusive. Cyclists from both New Hampshire and Vermont will be racing for the win in their own divisions, as well as cyclists riding tandem (you’ve seen them, two people on one bike) and an optional fitness ride just for fun using part of the TT course.
“You don’t need to qualify for Nationals,” aid LaCroix, owner of Sparta Synergy. “You just sign up.”
“Time trials,” LaCroix said, “are all about you. It’s a specialty where you can improve a lot. It’s an individual race pretty much you against the clock. The fastest for a given distance is the winner.”
What makes it a specialty is that you “start fast, speed up in the middle, sprint at the end,” LaCroix said. “Know yourself, how far you can push it without breaking at the end.”
A novice cyclist might try an introductory TT, riding his or her usual road bike, or even chugging along on a tricross or hybrid. Competitive riders move to TT bikes.
“TT bikes are aerodynamic,” LaCroix said, “components of success with special bike wheels.”
As riders move up to the professional, more high-tech elements are involved from aerodynamic helmets to training in a wind tunnel.
Cross training benefits all levels of cyclists.
“Mix regular riding with weight lifting,” LaCroix said. “It’s all about power. Intervals, diet, off the bike training, breathing and flexibility exercises, all these help to improve performance.”
Position on the TT bike is unique and more stressful to the body. The TT distance is relatively short and with improvements to flexibility and breathing techniques, a rider can become more powerful while relaxed.
Spectators line the course to learn from watching, cheer for their rider, or watch the exciting action at the start/finish. (For more information, go to www.spartasynergy.com)