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still unclear on race ethics(4 posts)

still unclear on race ethicsishmael
Jun 4, 2001 7:33 PM
im new to racing and am in it to win....it seems to me that the best way to do that would be to avoid all headwind and save my energy till the end...so can i just sit on the back and wait till later when my energy is needed (its very unlikely that there will be a break)..
re: still unclear on race ethicsMeMyselfandI
Jun 4, 2001 8:03 PM
There isn't really an obligation to work in the pack, but working in a break is an obligation. If there is a break that is a threat, try to send a teammate across the gap or get him to close the gap at the front.
re: still unclear on race ethicswscott
Jun 5, 2001 7:11 AM
It's better not to sit on the back because of the increased risk of getting caught behind a crash and the fact that you slow alot more going into corners and hence have to accelerate more to get back up to speed. Try to find the sweet spot a few lengths of bikes back from the front. Much less chance of wreck in front of you and you can carry your speed through corners. As far as ethics, the first rule of bike racing is "Never, never work unless there is a good reason for it". If your racing without a team, that pretty much means don't work unless your in a break or just trying to maintain position in the group. Don't feel it's your responsibility to chase down breaks, let the teams that aren't represented in the break do it(that's why this is a team sport).
re: still unclear on race ethicsJimbojam
Jun 5, 2001 12:41 PM
Sit in on the back for road races and do a LOT of intervals in the training. Sit in the middle for Crits and oh by the way, do a LOT of intervals in training. And just to be carefull, do a LOT of intervals in training. If you do enough intervals, maybe you can be the guy that they are trying to catch in the break away anyway. If you are not on a team, get on one or make a lot of aliances (they last up to about 1000 meters from the finish line). As far as ethics go, I have had a lot of people thank me for working so hard for them as they finished in front of me and I pulled in the break. So I guess you should say thank you or something if you feel bad about sitting in the whole time. Did I mention about doing a LOT of intervals in training?