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Dealing with contact in the pack(4 posts)

Dealing with contact in the packPT
Jul 22, 2002 11:46 AM
Most of my road racing experience is 20 years old, but I've never stopped riding in groups during that time. Consequently, when I was lightly bumped in the hip in my second crit back, I didn't panic and moved over as much as I could. But within a second the guy was on me hard and within two seconds I was launched across the road -- yup, road rash ensued. So my question is, was there anything I could have done once the guy came into me hard to stay upright? Really, I'm use to gentle contact and don't panic, but once I was leaned on it was all over. Once the contact became severe, should I have pushed back hard? I believe my intial reaction -- no big moves and drift over as much as possible -- was correct, but would like advice on what to do when the contact becomes heavy.
lean into itRockyMountainRacer
Jul 22, 2002 12:15 PM
If you don't lean into it, you will just be pushed into other riders, or a telephone pole, or whatever. However, if the other rider is much bigger than you, your tires will probably start to skid out on you.
Jul 23, 2002 10:40 AM
I have routinely bumped guys out of my way who weigh 45-60 lbs more than me. Some of them have leaned into me pretty hard. Not only have my tires never skidded but I have never heard of anyone's tires skidding out on them. I don't know how it could happen but if this happens to you, you are definitely doing something wrong.
Jul 24, 2002 12:20 PM
Well, it could be because I had really worn-out tires on the bike. In an earlier post of mine I talked about how I leaned into some bigger guy than me at Meridian, and both my tires started skidding a bit while they were still rolling forward. But I could feel the drift a little, which is a familiar feeling for me since I ride and race a mountain bike a lot. I'm used to a lot of two-wheel drifting when cornering at speed in descents. So worn out tires could be a factor, and of course there could have been some dirt or sand on the road as well. Anyway, I don't think I was doing anything wrong because I rode it out with no problems, and have done so in the past on numerous occassions (I never had any skidding before though). By the way, I put new tires on the bike the other day, rode them for about 60 miles before my crit in Ft. Morgan on Saturday, and had some contact with another racer there as well. I Leaned into the contact again, but there was absolutely no skidding this time. So I would blame it on the tires (old Ultra 2000's with 4000 miles on them), but you can blame it on me it you want!