In a recent race, my teammate made it in a small 2 man break (eventually 3). I have always been told it's a good strategy to block, i.e. set a false tempo on the front that helps them get away. Others believe the exact opposite. This short video shows what I did (with the help of another rider who had a teammate in the break) to help them stay away. Even though it worked, another experienced racer chastised me saying, "NEVER sit on the front if your teammate is up the road."
In my own defense, I watched the position of the break around corners, glanced at my elapsed time on my Garmin, and made sure the gap was going up while doing it. 25sec, 30sec, 45sec etc while maintaining a pace that kept most of the field working. I worked really hard to fight for that position repeatedly. My guy got third and the field never pulled them back. Great team result. Yet, I still got chewed out.
Watch and see. UNLESS you are already on record as hating my video commentary, production style, me, or my dog,...which is the case for some. In that case, perhaps just contribute your thoughts to the discussion.
So, with a teammate up the road. Is it a good tactic to...
A) Get on the front to regulate the pace..."block"
B) Stay off the front and let teams or individuals organize a chase...
C) None of the above (enlighten me)