Patterson Pass gearing rcommendation?

Hello,

I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for gearing for Patterson Pass RR. I raced this course last year, but was on a triple where I never worried about gearing.

I'm trying to decide between a 12/25 and 12/27. I'm an above average climber, placing 6th or higher in all my 35+ 4/5 or 45+ 4/5 hilly races this year (open 45+ I'm more of a top 15 rider).

My concern is choosing the 27 for the final section on Patterson may leave me at a disadvantage on the faster climbs elsewhere on the course. I think I'd rather suffer at the top of Patterson with my 25 if that's what the majority of guys are running.

Thanks,

Mark Edwards
Team Bicycle Trip

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