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Whats a good way to sacrifice weaker teammates?(5 posts)

Whats a good way to sacrifice weaker teammates?Woof the dog
Feb 25, 2002 12:01 AM
Some people (maybe me too!) may not hold it well past the first half the race. Is there anything worthwhile for them to do in the first half of a crit or roadrace, instead of just hanging on and slowly losing energy? Or is it kind of what is supposed to happen?

And I really don't know just how nice it is to explain that to them either. Maybe I shouldn't even post a topic like that. Thanx a lot!

Woof the dog.
nothing wrong with this - a nice word for this is "domestique"lonefrontranger
Feb 25, 2002 6:40 AM
Weaker teammates are a part of life. They may be inexperience, just not as strong, or else they're not peaking for this particular event.

Send 'em off the front to blow out the chaff. Make 'em attack up the first 3 or 4 hills, or however long they last. Have them set tempo, anything. This lets them get a good workout instead of just clinging to the back. Have them help launch your power rider, climber, you, etcetera by bombing through technical sections or otherwise making life difficult for the rest. This requires good team coordination, but a little practice goes a long way.

After all, how many US Postal riders really finish a classic like (ferinstance) Paris-Roubaix last year (answer: 2).
nothing wrong with this - a nice word for this is "domestique"Mike-Wisc
Feb 25, 2002 7:42 AM
This also lets them feel what it's like at the front of a pack, let's them feel like they are actively helping the team, let's them feel like they were an instrumental part of the final placings, and also let's them know first hand why the smarter riders don't always attack first or early unless they have a plan for a particular race.

They're not being sacraficed, they are being utilized in a strategic way for a better overall team placing and effort. Even the exhaust pipe plays a key role in a race car, every part is important, and if the weaker riders understand this early on then they will become a better component of the team.

And who knows, one of them might have a good day one race, pull a hard breakaway on the first three hills, and hold on for the balance of the race. If they do then congratulate them after the race instead of beating them up, and the next race use them in a more team-advantageous way since they have then proven their capability.

Just an opinion from an old guy. :)
I have no credentials, honest. ;)
Nice exhaust-pipe metaphor! (nm)allervite
Feb 26, 2002 1:43 PM
We send them into the arena without armor or weapons.nm
Feb 25, 2002 11:28 AM