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My favorite racing rant.(5 posts)

My favorite racing rant.Alex-in-Evanston
Apr 15, 2002 7:41 AM
This guy's a riot.

http://www.columbiabikeclub.com/sportsmanship.htm
Jim's a crackupRideLots
Apr 15, 2002 8:45 AM
Jim has several really funny articles.

On a substantive, note, though, I sort of half agree. While it's much more heroic to pull and lose vs. sit in and win, the name of the game is using tactics and athleticism to win. If you make a habit out of it every time, though, that's sort of worthless. At least fake some short pulls when you feel good now and then. :-)
Which begs the question...GreenFan
Apr 15, 2002 4:29 PM
Compare and contrast Paris-Roubaix 2001 to the Tour of Flanders 2002, in the former Museeuw and company sucked Hincapie's and Dierksens (sp?) wheels unashamed, and then took a 1-2-3 in the velodrome and left the others to cry in their beer later...in the latter Museeuw cried like a baby and threatened to retire because no one would work in the break...not taking anything away from this year's Paris-Roubaix but, or the fact that he's one helluva rider but....just a thought.
Road racing is really weirdRideLots
Apr 16, 2002 6:31 AM
How many sports almost require the cooperation of your opponents, at least in large part, to do well? It's goofy. The thinking in road racing essentially goes like this:

Everyone knows we all want to win. However, each of our chances of winning are enhanced by cooperating to a limited extent to distance ourselves, as a smaller group, from most everyone else. So, there is an implied agreement that we will not try to beat each other, for a while, until we are sufficiently in front of the others, then we will terminate our agreement and race each other. However, we are not agreeing exactly when the first agreement will terminate. If I am stronger than for a longer distance, I want to terminate earlier; if I can outsprint you, I want to terminate at last possible instant. Morever, if I am weaker than you over a longer distance, you need to do more of the pulling, or else we'll both be caught by the others. However, we both know that I may very well fake being weaker on this particular day, so that I can get you to wear yourself out prematurely so I can beat you.

That's weird.
Ask Frankiemr_spin
Apr 16, 2002 6:41 AM
Young Want to be Road Racer: Hello Frankie, I just have a few questions regarding road racing in general. When you begin road racing are there any "unwritten rules" that you must abide by? Also, are their any fashion "faux pas" that would make your fellow racers frown upon you? Some rules and tips of the peloton? Thank you very much for your time.

Frankie: There are no unwritten rules of the peloton. No matter what anyone says remember that it's a bike RACE. This means you can attack when you want, pull when you want, and sit on when you want. As for fashion, normal cycling wear is the norm. I wouldn't reccomend tube socks or anything. Heck, nowadays everyone has their own fashion so anything would work.