Out here the teamwork is very strong and dictates the Masters races. At a typical race you can expect to have 2 or 3 dominant teams with 5-7 riders each in the field. In addition to that you'll have 3 to 4 other teams that are also strong but not "dominant". Finally there are 20-40 other riders as pack fill.
Nearly every race follows a strict script: The dominant teams attack over and over until they get a break formed that they all agree on. Hopefully one of the other stronger teams gets a rider in there as well. Then the pace settles down a bit (like down to 27mph) while the dominant teams control the bridge attempts. Games ensue. A few teams will keep the speed up at the end for the field sprint.
When it does manage to stay together for the entire race then one of the dominant teams will perform a blazing fast lead out followed by a bunch sprint which will be won by 1 of the same 4 guys who win every sprint.
Teamwork in the Masters is stressed heavily out here. If you're on a team you're expected to work for the team win. Your team would be somewhat looked down on if you all showed up together in the same kit and then went off and did your own thing.
Like I've said, I enjoyed being a part of that. But now it's getting a little boring and I'd like to just do my own thing for awhile. There's plenty of opportunity for a freelancer as I see it.
I'm not saying I would be all that great either. I just miss working for my own results.