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Educational Series #6: Basic Race Tactics

May 06, 2019

Today Dave Harward from Plan 7 Endurance Coaching and I talk about race tactics. I don’t know if this is true for everyone who starts racing, but when I first started racing all I wanted to do was finish, finish strong, set a new PR, etc. Now that I have been racing for a few years I am getting more and more interested in race tactics and racing strategies.

Have you ever watched a big road cycling stage race (grand tour, multi-day tour) and wondered what was going on and why teams were doing what they were doing? I sure have! Today I get many of my own questions answered from Dave about these types of races.

A few top tips for your own races:

1. Find out who the strongest riders are (watch them at the beginning, middle, and end). Watch racer postures to see if you can determine how much they are suffering).

2. Do your best NOT to show your suffering if you really are… AND you could even possibly feign a little bit of suffering if you want to intimidate other riders!

3. The name of the game is energy conservation – use energy when it makes sense, conserve when it doesn’t!

4. If you see a gap that you don’t like, don’t assume you’ll slowly close it up. Close it up as quickly as you can.

5. Find a group with experienced riders willing to pass on details to you. Watch and learn from them as much as you can.

As usual, there is a ton more info in the video, so be sure to check it out!!

 

 


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