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How to get to the front of a restricted 1 lane pelaton?(6 posts)

How to get to the front of a restricted 1 lane pelaton?jdl
Jul 10, 2001 3:48 PM
I did two races this weekend where the pelaton was 80 people. We were restricted to use only one lane. If you
crossed you were supposed to be disqualified. But how can you get to the front, if the entire lane is taken up, and no
body lets you in? I gave up and crossed. My number was yelled out by a handful of riders and at the end I was
disquallified. What can I do?
This is why I don't race...MrCelloBoy
Jul 10, 2001 3:55 PM
Maybe you need to force your way up through the pack, pushing other unfortunate riders across the line? The impression I get is that successful racers seem to be agressive, which means "making" space for yourself, not waiting for it. Or maybe endure it until the pack gets to a more open section and thins out a bit. Hopefully some racers will respond with the experienced answer.
rubbin's racin'Dog
Jul 10, 2001 4:23 PM
You pretty much gotta force your position, or else get it early and stay there.

If you were talking about the final 200 yards of a flat road race, lotsa luck. If you're not in good position by then, not much you can do.

My question is, did you really need to move up at the time you did? If not, I'd be more patient and just work up a little at a time. You might need to be a bit forceful, but careful, and slowly work your way up. You might use corners as an opportunity, but you'll have to ride hard out in the wind, maybe going wide, and sprint a little to pass some people. Of course, you can always just get in good position from the begining and stay there.

If there are big hills, work your way up before or on the hill, if you are strong enough.

My bet, though, is that your race was long enough that either through planning or patience you could have inched your way into better position. I can't believe that in a 50 mile or so road race you can't do it. If this were a 50 minute crit, that's different. With 80 people you might have to sprint from the start to get position.

Bottom line, to move up, you'll just need to be a bit more deliberate and forceful. Keep an eye out for opportunities, and move up a bit at a time. Remember Frogger?

Jul 10, 2001 5:20 PM
I agree with Doug. Taking your time and planning is the best. If these are some of your first races, don't stress. These are the races you will learn in. The yellow line rule is a pain, but it's vital to keep everyone honest and for your safety, so don't push it.

Another way to move up is to do it on the inside. It's a lot harder, but you won't cross the yellow line. You just have to be willing to ride the dirt if you don't move over fast enough.

Good luck.
I can relateDuane Gran
Jul 10, 2001 5:50 PM
There is race out here in the mid-atlantic (Chesapeake Classic) that was like this, and from what I'm told, is like that every year. When I did this race it drove me nuts. In a lap of the course I was lucky if I could move up 3 places, but with patience I was eventually able to move up the pack.

Although it is possible with a little aggression (within reason) and patience, I don't find this type of race very enjoyable. I much prefer races with wide enough roads and small enough packs that I can move around with some freedom. This permits more teamwork, at least at the level of competence wehre I'm at.
re: How to get to the front of a restricted 1 lane pelaton?vram
Jul 11, 2001 12:10 AM
In all the races I have done (collegiate) nobody followed the yellow line rule. The whole peloton was spilled across the whole road. Since most of these races were in parks and low traffic areas, it wasn't a huge problems. Also, the pack was together until the first hill after which the whole peoloton fragmented. In a 30-50 mile race, I doubt that the peloton will be remain massed to occupy one whole lane making over-taking difficult.

The Sprint at the end is a whole new story. You will have to start moving up much before the finishing line if you want to have a chance at the first three positions. And you will have to jostle and bang handlebars and use elbows...