I attended a two day race camp sponsored by Summit Wheelers
and coached by FS Concepts
. We also had a "guest" coach Wes Seigler
Friday night... Meet and greet at a local restaurant. Lots of bike talk and general BS and a quick run down on the weekends events. Good fun. First thing I noticed was that I had a salad while the pro and the Cat 1's had burgers and fry's. Maybe that is the secret?
Saturday...We met at the Peninsula Ohio Library for a few hours of classroom talk and bagels and coffee. Outside temps were right above freezing so we made sure the classroom stuff dragged a bit. We discussed everything from team tactics to how to miss a few pulls and not get noticed. We talked about proper warm up and what to eat. It was neat to hear the perspective of a pro who has raced here and abroad and has lived the life.
After the class room talk we all suited up and rolled out to a crit course. It was about 5 miles in length so it was long for crits but it worked for our purposes. We did 3 mock races with different scenario's. 4 teams were chosen and then the different scenario's were worked out. One scenario was 2 guys 30 seconds up the road. Two different teams were represented. Our job was to chase them down while there team mates job was to try and keep it from happening and try to make the break without bringing any unfriendlies along for the ride. After 3 Full throttle races we were pooped. We formed a nice clean double file and rode back to the library with a dinner to follow. Again the slow guys had salads and chicken while the fast guys had meat and potatoes.
Sunday....No classroom. Double file out to a RR course where we did about 30 miles of scenario work. Lots of chases, lots of breaks and lot more chases. We worked on what breaks to chase and why and what breaks to let go up the road and why.
Here is what I learned. Use my head more. Don't chase everything down that moves. Utilize teammates. If a Cat 1 says grab my wheel just hang on for as long as I can. When a pro rides up behind and gives you a push, it really helps. Be alert, watch where the wind is coming from, look where trees and other wind blocks may be.
All in all I had a great time and learned much.