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Racing for Dumbiesniteschaos
Jul 12, 2003 6:19 PM
I now have the physical ability to ride well in the lower classes, but tactically I'm taking a real beating. What I've learned so far:

1. Stay in the top 12 positions as much as possible.
2. Look for the strongest riders in the race.(check ITT results from previous day if possible)
3. Only attack when the guys mentioned in Item 2 look tired.
4. Use the corners in tight crit circuits to put distance between you and the pack?

What else do I need to know? I've learned the previous through trial and error and am still having mixed results. Tomorrow I'm throwing caution to the wind and just going for it. I'm tired of so many top 10 finishes but no wins. (I'm either boxed in during the sprint when I'm fresh, or I'm too tired from bridging to have a good sprint when I get to the line.)

And don't answer "Looks like you need more power." I'm working on that constantly.
Dummies (nm)Time Trial dot org
Jul 13, 2003 5:59 PM
If at first you don't....MShaw
Jul 14, 2003 9:49 AM
...succeed, try try again.

What works one week may not work the next as people in the pack realize that you're "one of the strong guys."

There's no one answer to your question except to say that you need to try different things to see what works. If you live in an area with a practice crit (or a track), try things there to see how long you can ITT OTF at what speed and last. See how far you can sprint all-out and last. Then plan your race around your abilities: if the last corner is 500m out and you can only sprint 200m, well, you'd better wait. If you know you can ITT at 45kph for 20min and a lap is 7min, then you know you can go with 3 to go and try and hold off the pack. (Chances are they won't let you go, but you can always try. You don't win unless you try!)

The "you need more power" thing isn't always it. Sometimes its: just how bad do you really want it? If your mind is ambivalent, your legs will be too. I know all about that one!

That help? The basic answer is in the title.