Seems I'm slowing too much in the turns.
During a race or cross practice I'll ride steadily with a given rider, as we enter into a series of turns (around 2 or 3 trees turning 180 degrees, for instance) he'll gain ground on me that causes me to sprint after we exit the turn to catch back up. In this case I don't think it's an issue of power but one of technique.
I generally enter the turn just right, not too hot but not so slow either. I can get to the apex of the turn reasonably well and with confidence.
It's the second half of the turn, the exit, where I slow too much and see the rider ahead gaining ground.
During the second half of the turn I feel the front tire begin to washout just a bit so I will counter then brake a bit to keep from going down. Generally the ground is loose which causes fear which causes braking.
I know fear plays a certain part but I've got enough experience and gone down enough that I'm not afraid to push it as close to going down as I have to in order to go fast.
I think my technique needs improvement. I may be braking at the wrong time or not have my center of gravity in the right place. Not sure what slows me down and hate burning a match just to stay with the guy right in front of me, or worse get passed because someone negotiated the turns better than I did.
Any advice would be welcomed.