Old 10-05-17, 03:30 PM
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I'm only a 3, so take my comments for what they're worth. Yes, group rides may not be the most efficient, but they're fun. And bike riding should be fun. Also, you can make them more efficient training (whatever that means to you) by showing up with a plan. That could be attacking/recovering, taking big pulls, or sitting in and chilling. It's the chance to try stuff that may or may not work.

Also keep in mind that learning how to be comfortable in a group, how to hide from the wind, how to "read" other racers, are all skills that require training, just like your FTP.
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