Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Junior Member tofu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    11
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    help with flat course racing

    I have just completed my first month of racing and have been doing pretty well. I am consistently getting better time trial times and am dropping everyone in my category in the hills so I think am going to do well in the stage races later in the year.

    However, I am having problems winning the one off races that have shorter flat courses and am trying to come up with tactics that will allow me to leverage my better overall fitness level and not have it come down to a final sprint where I don't have as much of an advantage as I do in raw time trialling vs everyone else.

    So far I have tried attacking with about 1.5 or 2 K to go, and the peloton strings out quickly and starts struggling, but before I get some distance usually 1 or 2 guys can latch on to my wheel and at least one of them usually ends up getting around me in the last 10 to 20 meters. I am not sure if I should be attacking earlier on in the final few Ks or just trying to wear everyone out earlier in the race so by the time the final few kilos come around they can't latch on to my wheel when I decide to go. Any tactical advice on beating the peloton and sprinters on flat courses?
    Last edited by tofu; 04-04-07 at 03:02 PM.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    6,488
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    course

    attack earlier and repeatedly until you've worn down the others and can either ride off alone or with a small selection. If others come with, dont pull them around, let them pull you with = work, then attack them in the last K or final Ks.

  3. #3
    R900Campagnolo marcelinyc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    track and road
    Posts
    886
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Attack from the back with a lot of speed. Preride the course to see where you can attack so you can hold it till finish. It may work one day.
    Is the course completely flat?
    Last edited by marcelinyc; 04-04-07 at 11:24 AM.

  4. #4
    bike parking is free
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    denver
    My Bikes
    a road bike, a cross bike, and a track bike
    Posts
    258
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    http://cycle-smart.com/Articles/find.php?search=30

    ^this article breaks-down your options pretty clearly

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    5,438
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Plan to go 1 or 2 turns before the finish. Attack as hard as you can about 50 yards from the corner you have chosen, the field will go slower than 1 guy can so that will give you an advantage to open a gap. Put your head down, don't look back and go as hard as you can.

    The key is opening up a good 5-10 bike legnth lead over the field right before you dive into the corner.
    Il faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace

    1980 3Rensho-- 1975 Raleigh Sprite 3spd
    1990s Raleigh M20 MTB--2007 Windsor Hour (track)
    1988 Ducati 750 F1

  6. #6
    Racing iS my Training Pizza Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    San Francisco
    My Bikes
    07 Bianchi San Jose, 08 Tarmac SL2, 05 Cervelo P3
    Posts
    1,263
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Join a team. If you're the strongest guy you can have other guys attack to tire out would be chasers.

  7. #7
    Senior Member DannoXYZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Saratoga, CA
    Posts
    11,507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Races your strengths, but train your weaknesses.

  8. #8
    cmh
    cmh is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Portland, OR
    Posts
    2,280
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If your TT is a big strength, try attacking early and going for a solo breakaway. I am assuming you are in Cat 5 or 4, and they may watch ride away if it is early in the race with the expectation that you will crack. Also, chase efforts are rarely organized so you stand a chance. This may not work if they all know who you are and have seen you win TTs and hilly races.

    Or, do as DannoXYZ suggests and train your sprint so you can win by a variety of means. Even if you are a climber, it helps a lot to have a decent sprint.

  9. #9
    Seek the Joy
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    502
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    this brought up a question, since crits are done by a time period pluss a number of laps, what happens if you lap the field before the time period is up?

    Say the race is 1 hour plus 3 laps, if you break off the front right at the begining and then come up behind the feild and catch their draft for the rest of the race, do you win unless someone breaks off the front and laps you? or do you still have to complete the 3 laps after the hour is up, do you complete one less lap? Whats the deal?

  10. #10
    Seek the Joy
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    502
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    also it seeps like if you completed a lap right in front of the time period, say 45 seconds before the +3 laps start, and the time runs out right before the field crosses the line, are they a lap ahead of you?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •