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For racing I don't think I'd want to run something as fat as 28mm if I could avoid it.
.....Carbon is definitely out for me.
RE tire width, the 23mm tires will still have less rolling resistance than the others, no?
Extrapolating, you'll probably win '22 with a lighter bike, but only if it's carbon.managed to nail 101/1413 in the '21 El Tour's 57 mile road class. With a finishing position like that, I'm motivated to see how I will fare on a newer bike and with a different attitude towards the ride. I wasn't even pushing it, with an average heart rate of 139 bpm and cadence of 58 RPM, I was accompanying a friend of mine who was riding it for charitable reasons and enjoying the wonderful weather.