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Fair points across the board +Cosmo Catalano completely understood. As a Patreon sponsor of some far less generally accessible content (triathlon humor) - I too would be happy to support you on a per video basis. How that Race was Won is fantastic - I've binged watch nearly every one you've ever made in the last two weeks after discovering you. I also agree with the comments +Global Cycling Network Matt does a great job and I really look forward to hearing his voice in race coverage. This or something better.
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Ray good to see you posting videos like you said - I highly recommend the Shower's Pass CLOUDCOVER IPHONE 5 CASE for $25. Great for cycling and something like this. And you can take pictures without removing the phone from the case. Best part, you only use it when you need it and it fits most/many cases. Super LOW tech, but a great solution.
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For all of you saying this is too much of a hassle...Here's one man's experience - last year 6 flats. Went tubeless, zero flats. Same or more riding this season as last.

It's NOT pointless or a bunch of extra effort. I'm not keen on losing training time fixing flats on the side of the road. As I read recently, if tubes were cutting edge they'd be used in cars and on motorcycles...your mileage may vary but it's hard to argue with 6 versus 0 (and this seems to be pretty consistent from what I've seen from fellow riders and read on-line).

So feel free to continue to use tubes, I'm happy to loan you my spare tube as I haven't yet had a necessity to need it. Heck I'll even help you replace your blown tube if you ask nicely. Oh yeah, and the GCN guys haven't mentioned that it's actually safer if you have a front tire failure as Tubeless tires are MUCH less likely to blow off your rim due to the tighter fit in the rim.

Throw in a wider rim on many of the newer (HED C2+ for example) tubeless ready wheels and you have lower rolling resistance = faster at the lower pressures. There are a lot of benefits, too many really, to simply dismiss as 'too much effort'.
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Another solid effort fellows, well done. My favorite is still the what NOT to eat on the bike segment but this was up there. Lots of well deserved fingers pointed to triathletes, and despite being one I recognize the sartorial challenges thereof. I once asked my wife if I looked ridiculous going out for a run and she said, 'you're a triathlete. I think that just comes with the territory.' Still I try to look presentable (as a cyclist) while riding my road bike...thanks for the additional pointers!
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My second Olympic triathlon ever this weekend (despite finishing two 70.3 since then)...last time the result was 3:01 with a mega fast swim (current in the Hudson) and an 18min T1 due to some hydration problems.

My goal is to take 21 minutes off this time to finish at 2:40 this time. Let's see if I can do it...
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well I beat my goal with a 02:36:47 - better by 4 mins than I planned. Furthermore I qualified for, but am not going to, Nationals. How's about that? 33 min swim, 1:11 bike at 21.5 mph (25.5 miles), and 46:21 or 7:43 on the run. And believe it or not I still think there's room to improve.
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First time I've run fast(ish) in so long I forgot the feeling - or another of the many reasons I'll probably never do a full IM (I like going fast in training too much). +Guillermo Ruiz I guess I can run...
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exactly, I don't think I have the temperament. At this point, even marathon training is mentally tough. I much prefer 70.3 training where at least I'm running sub 8:30 and probably should be able to maintain 7:45 in the right conditions. That's real different from running high 8's or even low 9's. a four hour marathon is just mentally a lot tougher than one closer to 3:30, as I know from my various attempts at the distance. Tip of the cap to you +Guillermo Ruiz for both two trainings and completions at IM distance and for your massive time improvement. You're doing something right in training.

now let's see if I can manage a 21 minute 5k this week at States, which would be an incredible win for me.
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Thanks for a great video. Added to my bucket list 
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Look, if you never flat consider yourself lucky. If you replace a blown inner tube in 60 seconds and are back on the road - kudos to you. What Simon failed to mention was the safety advantages to going tubeless - especially as it pertains to front tire blow outs - you will simply NOT lose your tire off your rim with a tubeless tire. 

So for all of you neigh sayers who insist that this is useless new tech - I certainly hope it's not you who loses your front tire on a downhill. I don't get all this tubeless hatred. Are road riders really that out of it? MTB riders are effectively all tubeless these days, I believe, and they put a lot more stress on their rims...and run lower pressures (bigger volumes).

read through the comments, there are many folks who've gone from multiple punctures per season to zero. So unless you are getting paid to ride your bike, this is probably something that would make your life just a little better. So have a think when/if you buy your new set of wheels...

A final thought - Simon, man you can't compare tubeless to tubed at the same pressure. AND I'd add it would be wonderful if you got your hands on a pair of HEDs new 25mm C2+ rim based wheels. Pair those with a wide enough wheel, let out the pressure and then tell me what you think. Maybe a little bit 'soft' for you liking? How about the cornering? Like riding on rails mate. In this case it's all about having enough space to take the tech to make the spec...where's the mystery? I'm not sure I get it?
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+Global Cycling Network I'd never make the point that it's for everyone - clearly there are a lot of folks who don't like tubeless - but physics is physics. Wider contact patches at lower pressures apparently equal less rolling resistance. Additionally you're losing further resistance from the tire to tube interface. Thus if you got the weight down (which I think you explained the challenges of well in the video) theoretically tubeless could be faster than tubes. My comment is that I don't think they slow you down much and as such their well worth it for the bulk of cyclists who aren't getting paid for their performances anyway.

Crits are a special animal, for sure. But for competitive time trialists and  triathletes getting there is very important too. And a single puncture can ruin your entire race (in this case potentially unnecessarily)

finally on the blowout item - we agree here. Not common, extremely unlikely. But given the chance to completely avoid it, I'm willing to pay 10% more and invest the extra effort and time. However unlikely, it might just be my own life I'm saving. (I have read about improperly installed tubeless going flat on the front and still staying on the bead...but I've never heard of them coming off the rim as you said.)
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Continued to decrease my 70.3 time at IM Princeton on Sunday.

RACE SUMMARY
Swim: 39:22
Bike 2:42:51
Run 1:43:16
Overall 5:12:30

previous best was IM 70.3 Maryland at 5:29:10.

Big improvements from more structured and consistent training. Still not the percent decrease that +Jon Parks saw. Thanks for your support +G Rz 
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Good job!!
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Taylor Phinney calls it at 11:03 - great stuff. "Reijnen/Howes for the Sprint..."
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This video is easily the most humorous video GCN has ever produced - it had me in stitches multiple times. Well done!
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yes +Guillermo Ruiz I love the part where the salad flies up into the second guy's (Daniel Lloyd) helmet = classic
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Holy crap! You just out-techie'd me like I was still in the Starbucks line. I don't have a kicker device to adjust the power, only the Trainer Road app the provide my target wattage. So the FIT file can write out the workout onto TR? That's AWESOME! It would take a lot of work but we could even make preview files of some bike courses for specific races. Put those FIT files on the website... that's a hell of an idea you got there.

Sadly, you're right. The only rides out to Coco Luxe for me are going to be in my mind for a while. Maybe they'll let me get on the trainer in a while. I dunno. The Coco Luxe run would be awesome. I bet many folks in the club might want that but won't it be one HUGE video file? It would be fun to see you do the Mapso hill workout with that thing, especially with the sound turned up to catch all the swearing and crying , I mean commentary.
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