Congrats! I’m not surprised you did this well, your power numbers are quite respectable and especially in the flats most of your competitors have to work a lot harder.
This is what I wanted to work on this year, too. I'm glad you got so much out of the race, efficiency is really important.In hindsight I should have spent a bit more energy working to the front (I was maybe 15-20 riders back?) so I could get to the top of the hill just a few meters closer to the back of the group. It would have been a trivial amount of work. I probably could have even gone off the front to gain a bit more leeway.
Yeah, uphill finishes are not in our favor, but still fun.I tried telling myself I am a sprinter, but given the uphill finish it would actually have been better to break free on the flat before the last climb.
So C2 is equivalent to E1 and C1 is equivalent to the Pro field?
Regarding your cadence, I have never ridden a CX bike, but on a mountain bike in slippery conditions or on a technically challenging climb you want to ride at a lower cadence. In a lower, easier gear, it is very easy to mash your pedals and loose traction. I reckon this is the same on CX bikes, but I am not speaking from experience here.
I did some low-cadence drills on the trainer today. But I am limited by my gearing and my trainer's resistance curve, I can only get down to 60 rpm and hit my power targets. But it felt good anyway (3 x 12 minutes of sweet spot at 85 % FTP, a really easy workout).I've been doing SFR recently, 20 minutes climbing at 50 to 60 rpm. Good on the bike strength training and also teaches you how to get the most out of your pedal stroke.