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need some help with this advice....Gall
Apr 3, 2003 6:46 AM

I was told that the 2 things in a race that one should be doing is attacking and waiting to attack.

I tried this in a race the other day. When I got the the front of the pace line I attacked but the line just kept pace. After a few minutes I red lined and got sucked back in. They all looked at me with that look.

I thought the point of this was to get everyone to step it up so they had to increase power and heart rate so at the end I could beat everyone in the sprint (LOL) But they didnt ... they just stay at the same pace.

How does this advice really work?

re: need some help with this advice....Jer77
Apr 3, 2003 8:32 AM
An attack has a better chance of sticking if you wait until the pace is slower or there is confusion at the front as to who is going to drive, and you only have 1/2 mile or so left. (See Lonefrontranger's post about her win last Sunday) Then attack - Jump like you are being chased by a pack of wild dogs and don't think about letting up until you cross the line. You can also attack earlier in a race. If the team driving up front doesn't think it is worth accelerating and closing the gap because they think you will blow up, you might be able to stay away.
re: need some help with this advice....brider
Apr 3, 2003 3:09 PM
Your mistake was attacking from the front. You need to be a few positions back to wind up your speed before you pass the front. This is the element of surprise. Without it, all you've done is boost the speed of the pack/paceline.
welcome to racingDougSloan
Apr 3, 2003 3:58 PM
It's really hard to know when to attack. Keep in mind, also, that 90% of them will likely not stick.

Also, if you don't have the fitness to back it up, your odds are further reduced.

Repeated attacks might wear down your opponents, so that you can beat them in the sprint. Not likely. The better thing is to attack and stay away so that there is no sprint.

Better to attack up a hill, around a corner, or at some opportunity to gain some ground on a big unwieldy field. Just pulling away is a very slight chance.

Another tactic is to repeated make some half hearted attacks, then get sucked back in. About the 5th time you try, the field will likely think you are an idiot and let you go. Might work.

Still, you'd better be able to time trial faster than the field is riding. So, know how fast you can time trial. If that is 25 mph, and the field is going 26 mph, what chance do you have? (or get some help)