Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Tucson, AZ
Bikes: Custom Zona c/f tandem + Scott Plasma single
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Have done quite a few Sr. Olympic bike events in AZ.
My training consisted of time trialing for one full hour, going full out, once a week every week.
That puts you in shape for road race as you get a chance to draft then. BTW don't be foolish enough to lead the pack all the way and then get beat at the finish line by wheelsuckers.
As stated above, it's a bit of a crapshoot.
Here in Tucson, the San Diego (CA) CycleVets regularly showed up to try and get all the medals. They thought of us locals as 'easy pickins'.
They worked as a well oiled team; they refused lead in the road races; sprinted full out at the end, aggressively bodyblocking locals. Had a guy 50 lbs my heavy throw a hard shoulder into me (I weighed 125#) in the sprint, almost knocking me over. He did not count on me retaliating by shoving an elbow in his face.
Yup, his two buddies got gold and silver while I had to settle for bronze.
Another road race, they refused to lead. I pulled a breakaway and 3 of them just sat on my wheel; again they refused to take a pull. Sprinted away again and they jumped on my wheel. Hit the brakes, and they yelled and had to split around me to avoid a crash. Told 'em "hey, your turn to pull!"
Ride 'elbows out' if they get aggressive.
However, most of the time, it can be a fairly mellow event.
Sr. time trials are a better test of your ability vs. group tactics in road events.
Agree the 'old' guys can be quite competitive!
So train and get ready . . . now!