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I believe there were in the order of 12-15 yellow flagged turns/switchbacks. What you want to do for these is brake early and bleed speed off while you bike is in vertical plane (basically you're not leaning). This will set you up for the turn. Lean hard, counter steer, look at where you want to come out of the turn, point your belly button to where you want your bike to go (which means your rear wheel is now properly aligned to the intended direction of travel).
It's a very safe technical course if you know where you can and can't take risks. As another poster pointed out, you don't need to actually ride the course to get that feel. You pop up from Nice to the Grand Corniche and take any of the descents back to the sea to practice...switchbacks are switchbacks. Riding any part of the course on race week would be almost impossible....first of all there is 20K of gnarly traffic to get off the flats to the hills and then you'd have to climb for at least an hour continuously to end up high enough to practice the descents. The main thing is getting comfortable with switchbacks, something that are almost non existent in roadways in most of North America.
Actually, I'm familiar with the city and some of the surroundings. And road bike it is; I sucessfully resisted the temptation to buy a Kestrel Airfoil (!) last week … It's the steep seat angle question I'm pondering. Guess I'll stick with a regular road position – and clip-ons for the flats.
Given the experience in this thread, I am guessing there is a reason why this hasn't been brought up. What is it?
(and yes I know she isn't even riding an aero frame)
Now we have DI2, but i still think id choose the lighter weight, and the confidence a road bike gives to destroy the decent. And the aerobar also smashed my hands on the decent, even though im a good technical rider.
im thinking a 6,5kg bike with 404/404 and very low clipons.
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