Old 10-05-17, 07:44 PM
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I used to do a Sunday team group ride and one or two of the local death rides (one on Tuesday and one on Thursday) that were often pretty intense.

I found the Sunday team rides much better for training as they were usually longer (typically 70+ miles) and we allowed what we called shenanigans where random attacks were not discouraged, but rather encouraged. We always regrouped and rode on. Lots of instruction was given as well. This is how it should be done.

Our local "worlds" were fun to do, but not that good for training. You never knew how it would unfold. Sometimes it was fast and steady and sometimes it was sprint after sprint. I just went to them with a particular training idea and if I wasn't going to get it I just fell off the back and did my own ride.
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