Gentlemen, I'd like some insight.
I'm new to racing, and currently ride in what would be the equivalent of Cat 5 in the states, here in Ontario (Senior 4). I've done several races this year and so far they've all panned out the same. Nobody wants to work, nobody wants to try and breakaway; the strong guys sit in for the whole race then hammer it out for the last lap. The average speeds can get downright embarrassing because of this "better you than me attitude"—I think the last was 32kph, for a 25km crit—and on a whole, the race is super boring. In the last race I made several attempts at breaking off the front early on to see if anyone would come up and work with me, but each and every time I was hung out to dry (at which point I drop back to the group because I can't sustain the speeds needed to stay away alone). What would you guys do in this situation? I have no teammates and I've tried inspiring other guys in the front group to stir things up but people seem content with the status quo. This is especially frustrating because there are a couple guys who regularly win because they're strong sprinters but do the bare minimum work throughout the race.
And yes, I'm familiar with the "keep your nose out of the wind" mantra, but that attitude makes for totally uninspired races. Any solution to this?