In 1st full season of racing (started slowly last year) and now placing steady around 15th out of 60-80 entrents - but still in the shorter distance races.
However, think I can do better as I always seem to be right on the limit after a mile into the race and am sucking air hard & only seem to get better into the 2nd lap.. this is every race that 2nd lap seems easier smoother - the 1st lap seems harder & I am pushing harder & yet do 2nd lap in similar time & it seems easier...
Is it important to be right at the front of the start ? how hard should I go off ? should I try to pace so I do not get too much out of breath ? is it better to stand on most climbs ? Should I be focussing more on smooth riding, than speed ?
I am just not sure what to focus on to improve from here..