Jan 13, 2004 6:13 PM
|hi, i have been riding seriously for 2 years and in the last year really stepped up my training. a long hilly bunch ride, perhaps one or two flat fast rides and some interval work on short hills every week 250-350 km total. i have just started racing crits and find i have good change of pace and i can close gaps and have a decent sprint. my trouble is in keeping a steady consistant high pace on flat ground or into slight headwind. if i ever get away from the bunch i just cant seem to stay away for very long if there are only 2 or 3 of us. i am ok if we swap shorter turns with more numbers. should i resign myself to being a sprinter or is there anything i can do to try and increase and maintain speed when going it alone ? i am 32 5'8 and 158.|
|re: training tips||Woof the dog|
Jan 13, 2004 8:31 PM
|I assume you are a 5 now, maybe a 4.
It is NOT YOU who can't seem to stay away. It is another 30 idiots in the main pack that would literally dissolve in lactic acid to chase you down for everyone else.
|re: training tips||fraser|
Jan 13, 2004 8:52 PM
|thanks, i race australia and can place in C grade. i can also get round in B but no places. dunno what that translates to ...we have 4 categories ABCD. perhaps you are right, the blokes that stay away are in a grade too low !!?|
|You may be ready for a team||bimini|
Jan 14, 2004 5:56 AM
|Unless you are Tyler Hamilton you can't pull off the front and stay there alone. I thought of Lance for a brief second but he has a very solid team around him that keeps him in the front except for a few brief moments when he pulls off the front alone. (sorry I don't know the Aussie pros very well)
A breakaway group is constantly judging each other to see who is the biggest sucker. If some other guy is willing to pull the front, let them do it. You are also watching the rear view mirror to see if you are doing okay sucking a wheel or is the breakaway going to dissolve unless you pull and pull hard. A team is will to work together and share the pain, a group of individuals is and should be watching out for themselves.
If you are a bonified Independent, then work on TT type intervals (long duration just under Lactate Threshold, the goal being to increase the speed at which LT occurs). Also get aero wheels and work on aero position without an aerobar.
|You may be ready for a team||fraser|
Jan 14, 2004 2:14 PM
there was alot of aussie influence on le tour last year.
aussie pros...funny, the sprinters are the ones that made biggestimpact at the tour. Baeden Cooke took the green over fellow aussie robbie mcewan on the final stage. brad mcgee took the prolouge. stewart ogrady got caught in the last 500m of "that stage" after a break with one other. matt rogers rode well in the hills in support of viranque.
look out for cadel evans in 04
|Yeah, I remember some of the Aussie Sprinters doing||bimini|
Jan 15, 2004 6:54 AM
|well, but I could not remember the names.|| |