Old 10-01-17, 07:42 AM
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Unless you're strong enough to dictate the group ride (and if you dictate all the time you'll likely either drop the group or they'll stop riding with you), your training is not being dictated by you, which means your training is likely not as good or specific as it can be.

For an aspiring racer regardless the category, I'd consider using group rides as your main training staple a fundamental mistake.

Once or twice a week can be useful if you're capable of recovering enough to do your own workouts 1-2 other times. Or if you can do your workout before the group ride, even better.

But you're not going to be as good as you can be, if that's something you're interested in.

Group rides are also quite inefficient time-wise, if that's a concern.
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