I have since re-introduced the stutter step, and don't find it any slower
We should patent it as the Ashwell remount!
Technique Monday! I do virtually everything from the hoods. I guess I'm a philistine.
Edit: I thought the main purpose of the 'tops' was to connect the stem to the hoods.
When I was training for Paris-Roubaix I forced myself to stay away from the hoods... seems a terrible place to put your hands on unstable terrain... very easy to lose the grip and end up with your teeth on the stem. They are good to go up the Alpe d'Huez and that's about it
I could barely hold on as I was trying to scrub off speed. Terrain was greater than talent and I managed to fall off anyway, but it did feel like my hands were going to get bounced off the hoods.
If in doubt, *always* use the drops for descending; even on the road it's a good habit to get into.
If you went back and watched VamP's snuff movie (the one from MK that went viral) I bet you'd find that even he was on the drops...