How do the pros prep and race? A2 Professional Matt Morabito breaks down his race day bike setup for IRONMAN Lake Placid 2023 in Episode 2 of "My Race Day Setup."
Components: 12-speed R9200 DURA-ACE
Gearing: 52-36 front & 11-30 cassette, which allowed Morabito to more easily spin up the Lake Placid climbs
Bar Tape: Yes, you heard that insider tip correctly - hockey tape! Morabito prefers a very thin tape, and it works well when it's wet.
Saddle: PRO Aero Fuel
Brakes: TRP Spyre SLC Mechanical Disc, which Morabito chose for easy maintenance when travelling as it's (easier maintenance for travel)
Rotors: Shimano XTR
Wheels: 90mm depth with a disc in the back for Lake Placid. When he's not racing with a disc, he also has a 90 in the back to swap in.
Tires: Continental Grand Prix 5000 TT TR
Race Notes - Fueling
When racing at the professional level, the course is often less congested (note - often but not always guaranteed). As such, Morabito opts to race with fuel given at IRONMAN aid stations including Gatorade Endurance and Maurten Gels.
Potentially the biggest advantage to this change when the competition gets upped? No middle cages. Less weight, more aero. Instead, Morabito races with the XLAB Torpedo System to keep any hydration that he might need on his bike.
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