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Racing your bike Part #2 Middle of the Pack – now what?

Part 2:  OK, you now can survive a race, hopefully you learned to draft and conserve so you can see the finish line with the rest of the herd.  If you came into racing with a strong cycling background, it is possible that you won races, went right to the front of the pack, towed everyone around and still won.  This is good and bad, good cause it is fun, bad cause you probably didn’t learn much so you might still be the same skill level as when you started.  This can come back to bite you now that you are riding up at the next level.

For normal people, you spend time getting strong enough to survive, now you want to try to go for a mid race prime (prize) or see if you can finish in the top 1/3 of the results.  You have enough strength and skill to survive, now you just need to use it smartly to best the others in your group.  This is where reading the pack really comes to the fore.  Here are some basics to live by:

1.  Only move up when it is slow and try to find a wheel to get you up the pack instead of doing it yourself.

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Racing season is here – Road, MTB, GFondo

Congrats to Brian Ecker and all the over 130 other riders who did the Ephrate Grand Fondo yesterday, EPIC conditions from the facebook posts for everyone who rode yesterday.  Same to all that raced the Soaring Eagle mountain bike race.  Great road racing was also on display yesterday in Sequim and Saturday at Mason lake with hundreds or racers testing their winter training vs. the competition.  

It is all about staying warm on these Spring rides because you are going to get wet and with the wind chill it feels twice as cold.  This is where you can take some lessons from Cyclocross: use Embocation, wool socks, booties and warm caps under your helmet to keep the core temp high and muscles functioning despite the cold.  Stop in the West Seattle store to try on some of these heat seeking accessories.

 

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