I competed in my first road race this past weekend. I finished and didn't wreck, so I should call it a success. However, there was a pivotal moment at which I now realize that I lost all chance of finishing towards the top and would appreciate some advice.
I started out about middle of the pack, was riding along fine only a few miles in, passed a couple of people, and then realized that a pack of riders had broken off the front and was leaving everyone in the dust. It was too late for me to bridge and buried myself trying.
At about the 14:00 mark in the first video I notice that the pace was ramping up and then it kind of fizzed out. Pivotal moment was about 30 seconds before that moment. Videos are the raw footage and boring to watch, anyone with the time to provide some critique would be greatly appreciated
Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlSWAYGppZQ
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdxoA1PvszE
How do you keep an eye out for these kinds of events during a race? I would like to avoid unknowingly getting kicked out the back of the peloton for being focused on the few riders directly in front of me? Just have my head on a swivel.