It was my first proper ride on the Tarmac today. I also swapped out the Mavic wheels for the Hed Ardennes. A pretty straightforward swap but I need to do a bit more tweaking on the brakes (the Heds are wider rims).
The bike rode great and I was really impressed by the way it climbs and corners. The back end is extremely smooth and you feel almost no road imperfections but the front end does transmit the bumps through a bit more. I suppose that is the price you pay for that wonderful stiff and precise front end.
The time Up Diablo was 1h06m which wasn’t too bad considering I was riding a century type pace rather than a full on speed attempt.
Bike: Specialized Tarmac Expert
Distance/Time : 61 miles/ 3h44m
Heart Av/Max : 137/174
Total Climbing : 4866ft