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First race tomorrow....(6 posts)

First race tomorrow....dez182
Apr 25, 2003 10:34 AM
I'm going to be riding my first road race tomorrow, and I'm looking for some advice. What kind of strategy should I use. I ride weekly with CAT 3 riders, and I can hold my own against them, and I'll be racing CAT 5, so I figure I have a pretty good chance. Do I just get with the front of the pack and try to stay there until the end? The course is 40 miles, pretty hilly. Any help is greatly appreciated!

-dez
Funny guy.MR_GRUMPY
Apr 25, 2003 11:04 AM
Yeah, just go to the front of the pack and ride real hard for the first 39 1/2 miles.
Or the last 39 1/2 miles are more important, IMHO ;-) nmSpunout
Apr 25, 2003 11:08 AM
I wrote this about one of my first races...Gregory Taylor
Apr 25, 2003 12:03 PM
It's not particularly helpful in terms of actual racing strategy, but I stand by my advice to hit the porta-potties early.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/?id=lardbuttcurse
try this...sievers11
Apr 25, 2003 1:05 PM
Stay out of the radar of the other riders...you will probably be one of the stronger riders at the event. Stay in the front of the pack and try to hang with the lead out group. Stay off the front and try to recover as much as possible. Master sucking wheel, without other noticing (and getting pissed off)

1)If you feel good and are a strong tt/climber then try to make a move towards the end of the race on a hill. And then ride accross the finish line alone. (this will be a rediculous amount of work)
2)If you are a stronger sprinter, stay with major attacks and set yourself up for a good position at the finish. (much easier to do, well if you can sprint)

Note: If you take off on your own, you will get caught. If you let major attacks go, you will be droped. I would let any rider go solo of the front up to 5 miles to go. If the group is riding fast and you can TT faster, then a solo brake might work...if the pace is slower, sprint finish.

Ok, of course this is super dupper simplified. Your best bet is to stay neutal, but be ready to attack at anytime. Keep your eyes open and watch for trends in the pack. They pack will splinter apart on hill, especial towards the top...it will also splinter coming out of corners. Be carfull if you are riding at the back of the group, in corners and hills you can get droped in a blink.

well, hope this help...this is all stuff I learned in my first few races.
Mr. Grumpy, that was funny. Dez should...........BIG RING
Apr 25, 2003 2:05 PM
just stay out front all race, and if he does find himself out of a lead break, just bridge accross. I find cycling kind of difficult, not many times to throw around the "just" word.