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How not to do a leadout(2 posts)

How not to do a leadoutjim hubbard
Sep 1, 2002 11:25 AM
Club champs this last weekend. Team of three of us. We had the plans in place to cover every situation. An assessment of the field and I knew it was going to come down to a field sprint.
There was only on real lump to get over. I made it fine, our designated sprinter was tailed off and in the second group after a chase he made it back. All was going well, sitting back watching to see who was trying to go up the road otherwise an armchair ride to the finish.
4k out talk to the sprinter, he says his legs are cooked but he will lead me out.
So round the last corner 1.2k to the finish. The plan go at 600 drop me off at 300 to go. I am not the quickest( dont have the explosivness of a true sprinter but give me a leadout man....)900 to go he starts to go, on his wheel 50, 53, 55kph. Shit too soon he is starting to blow. 900m, 800m, 700m, 600m he's gone.
600m to go 54x11 on the front what to do???? keep going, digging deep I try and raise it 55, 56, 57kph finish is getting closer, this is too long. Then I see the shadow start to move on my right digging deeper still 150m out moving up on the right. Drawing shoulder level, easing ahead, still digging, there he goes.
Beaten by a wheel length.

The moral: patience wins bike races, dont confuse your possiblities with actual abilities.
when in doubt, lead it out!(nm)merckx56
Sep 1, 2002 3:43 PM