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Blocking: Pros vs Amateurs(8 posts)

Blocking: Pros vs Amateurscipolini2b
May 16, 2003 8:19 AM
In my experience, blocking (by teams represented in the break) is the deciding factor in whether or not a break gets pulled back or not. I noticed that with the pros there is no such thing. There is always an organized group at the front with no one from the other teams trying to distrupt the chase. Do they not do so because it goes against racing ethics (it is an awful thing to do...obstruct someone else from trying to organize and bring the race together)? Or because the pace of the front group is much too fast?
Blocking is illegal (obstuction of the road, really)...Spunout
May 16, 2003 8:34 AM
but there are blocking tactics, such as sucking the wheel of anyone attempting to bridge. Setting a 'false' tempo can be done, but never works.

The pros have eight member teams, so when they want to chase down a break it happens. Amateurs can too, they need someone in the chase to organize a few teams un-represented.

If a pro team tried to physically block, they'd be flicked down a ravine soon enough.
Blocking is illegal (obstuction of the road, really)...cipolini2b
May 16, 2003 8:54 AM
I agree! I wish it were illegal for USCF cat 3 races. Still though, those who sit there and block get a bad reputation and face ridicule if their rider is dropped from the lead group or does poorly in the finale. That is sometimes discouraging enough.
Can't you just ride around their fat a$$? Get nasty. nmSpunout
May 16, 2003 8:58 AM
stick pump in front wheel. nmcyclopathic
May 16, 2003 9:56 AM
The pro's don't do it???Kristin
May 16, 2003 9:10 AM
I watch Saturn sucessfully block a crazy early break (lap 35 I think) at the 2001 Grand Prix. It was unmistakable...even for this newbie. Are you sure the pro teams don't engage in blocking?
they do...they are just better at hiding it from the refs (nm)ColnagoFE
May 16, 2003 12:28 PM
Blocking is easier with amateursMR_GRUMPY
May 16, 2003 10:13 AM
All it takes is to get six or seven teammates up front. If three of them take off, all the others have to do is hold their positions for 10 to 15 seconds, to let their teammates get a gap. Anybody that wants to join the break has to cross the yellow line to get around them. After half a minute, they can blend into the chase group and start to leave gaps form between them. It's really hard work, but the blockers can really screw up a chase. All they have to do is to sit on wheels and not pull through.
The Pros are so strong, that, if they really want to, they can close down any two man break.