Maybe it's because the season is ending here in SoCal that I can finally think about attacking more in the last few races that I've done. All season most of my races have been too fast for me to really try anything too impressive until these last few weeks. I've recently done a couple crits where the pace was so slow (I'm thinking most of the serious racers have already hung up their spandex for the year) that I was dying to attack just to try and make something happen.
So here's my questions: do you attack differently at different times depending on the circumstances? For instance a couple of weeks ago I attacked right after a prime hoping to either form a break or stretch the race out a bit to tire out the guys who just sprinted. The only problem was no one followed! I turned around and realized I had opened up a huge gap which only lasted a few laps before I was caught. Since I was hoping to get some kind of response from the field by either starting a break or stretching the field should I have attacked with a little less "gusto" in order to tantalize a few other riders to follow? I tried attacking again this morning with 1 1/2 laps left in the crit hoping again that maybe one or two guys would follow but to no avail. I was off the front (this time with a much smaller gap) for a lap before being swallowed up just before the sprint.
I realize you have to think strategy about when to attack, but I imagine there must be some strategy about how you attack too, right?