this was the strategy my highschool XC team used in races (back when there were actual real hills in XC). Get a gap on the up and then extend it and break the rubber band (so to speak) on the downhills.
Well, I always tried to go easy on the uphills and make it up on the descents and flats. I was hoping to keep a consistent effort and not redline. The math never worked out though- I think it's hard to make up enough time compared to faster climbers, even for a fast descender.
good strategy. That way you can make up time throughout since no doubt it was uphill both ways.
This is the strategy I use when I know my fitness isn’t *there* for a race. Conserve a bit on the ups so I don’t blow up, and push hard on the flats and downs.
I figure if you’re fit enough you should be able to push everywhere.