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Racing Strategies- Where to get good background(5 posts)

Racing Strategies- Where to get good backgroundEgo4Ego
Jan 29, 2002 3:08 PM
I need help finding out racing strategies. I am doing nmy first race this season, and I want to get a good background in racing.

I will be racing solo, so how can I prepare to stay competive and have fun not getting lost/dropped w/o a clue.

Thanks eveyone
Coach CarlMcAndrus
Jan 29, 2002 4:38 PM
Carl Cantrell has some interesting ideas on race tactics.

http://hauns.com/~DCQu4E5g/Index.html

You'll have to look around on the site, it's not that easy to navigate but there's a lot of good stuff.
re: Racing Strategies- Where to get good backgroundWayne
Jan 30, 2002 5:13 AM
Watch the pros, either on OLN or get some WCP tapes (sometimes bike shops rent these). Also, start racing alot, guarantee you will learn something every race you do for the first couple of years. Since this is your first foray into racing, I guess you'll be a cat. V. One of the difficulties with being tactically savvy in Cat. 4 or 5 races is that alot of that depends on predicting what other riders will do (like not chasing down a teammate if you get in a break with one of them) and lots of times new riders have no idea what they're doing which can neutralize what should have been a good move. I've also found that most cat. 4/5 races I've done are very negative. Lots of people are willing to chase down anything that goes off the front but few are willing to have a go themselves, consequently the race isn't hard enough and unless the course is very selective you get bunch sprints. If you're racing solo and are interested in getting in breaks, just make sure the larger teams are represented and you'll stand less of chance of getting chased down.
Kevin Lippertdownunderracer
Jan 30, 2002 5:44 PM
Try http://www.kevinlippert.com/. He's as opinionated as hell, but he has got some great stuff at his site.
Kevin Lippertdownunderracer
Jan 30, 2002 6:14 PM
OK, I've check my resources and I take it back. Coach Carl is the one who's opinionated as hell (not saying that's a bad thing for a coach). Kevin Lippert's site is still useful though! ;-)