This article was first published in 2007
It may sound like a broken record, but the warm up for this race is super important.
With an uphill start leading into a fast descent before tackling the climb of the finishing stretch, if you are not warm and ready to rock from the gun the gaps will open.
On this course, even small gaps can kill you. So make sure that you stay vigilant and stay with the field all the way over the top of the climb and even on the flat section before heading down the back stretch. If you let even a small gap open on the climb, you will be working to close it on the descent when everyone else is coasting and recovering, then you have to hit that hill again, this time after working on the downhill.
Think about it - how long would you last doing intervals with no rest?