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First road race this weekend...(4 posts)

First road race this weekend...shrEd
Sep 5, 2003 4:51 AM
OK, so after many years of racing mountain bikes, I'm finally gonna give this road racing thing a go this weekend...I'm pretty excited and looking forward to this new experience and hope to learn a lot...

Any advice for a first-timer?
re: First road race this weekend...the greek
Sep 5, 2003 4:58 AM
I'm a long time mtb'r too looking to road race next season. Give me a post race update.....I'll be in your shoes soon enough.....
re: First road race this weekend...Thorman
Sep 5, 2003 5:01 AM
Here's some simple advice. I'm assuming you've done a number of rides in a large group, if not I would suggest waiting until you have that experience before attempting to race.

-Try to stay near the front. You will be able to avoid most crashes by staying close to the front of the field.

-Never cross wheels with the guy in front of you.

-Make all side to side movements very gradually. Most crashes are caused by someone either over reacting to something happening in front of them or by making sudden movements.

-Always keep your focus on the riders in front of you. Don't worry about what's happening behind you.

Thorman
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also...philippec
Sep 5, 2003 5:21 AM
1. never look at a crash (esp. if beside/behind you). Big time beginner error that will most likely cause a second crash.

2. General tactics. 1st 3rd of the race, survive and control. 2nd 3rd of the race, attack if possible. last 3rd of the race consolidate/prepare for sprint.

3. Typically, the first 3rd of the race is extremely violent. Tell yourself that everyone is feeling as bad as you are and that the pace will soon settle.

4. Attack when the peleton has just bridged up to a breakaway. Launch your attack diagonally across the road if into a headwind.

5. Have fun!

A+

Philippe