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Need a good game plan for an 80 mile RR

Old 04-23-07, 09:07 PM
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Need a good game plan for an 80 mile RR

We will only have 3team-mates in this road race which is hilly. All 3 are decent climbers - 2 of which are damn good Time trialist and 1 of those 2 is a good spinter. I know of 1 team who will help with a break! Need some advice! Thanks
 
Old 04-24-07, 05:42 PM
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What category race? How long is the race? Rolling hills or long climbs?

At any rate, I'll throw out a strategy:
1. Good sprinter guy sits in the pack and stays out of the wind. No pulling, no attacking, no countering. He just waits and if it comes down to a pack sprint, he is there to go for the win. Of course he should stay near the front of the pack so he can go with the front group if the pack splits up on a hill. If that happens, then after he (and hopefully all 3 of you) are in the front group he returns to sitting in.
2. The other two of you try to go with any attacks that look like they will have some promise. If nobody is attacking, then you do it yourselves. Attack on the hills and make the other teams chase you down. Once they catch you, the other guy attacks while you recover. Rinse and repeat. You may find yourself in a small break with good chances, if not you will wear down the field and drop some big guys so your sprinter can take the finish.

Have fun and let us know how it goes.

Edit - duh, I see in the title that it is an 80 mile race. In that case, you might wait until 30 or 40 miles in to start attacking.

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Old 04-25-07, 08:41 AM
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You could collude with the team you "know" will work in a break to get something off, or chase early stuff with you all in order to get your guy and their guy up the road. Then if/when you all get your guys OTF, you could agree to not chase, but rather sit on wheels when chases occur, which would add horsepower to your break or give opportunity for counters.

Whatever you decide, if you want a break to work, (this sounds cliche but is true) it happens when the pressure is put on, the elastic is stretched tight and then breaks. This takes alot of effort and if you're racing for this it takes committment. Only works if whoever is setting the break up is willing to sacrifice for the team and finish OTB or not at all. If this isnt in your or your team mates interest, sit in, let early moves go, follow later or significant moves (those by riders you know can finish the job) and/or play for a field sprint.
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Having raced with the same people as you, I can say your only chance to get a win is to have a massive sprint or take a flyer in the last 3-5 miles. There is no way that group is going to let anyone get away. Even if you put the pressure on and stretch things out your only going to get rid of the wheel suckers. You'll still have 20 or so guys on the last lap. Either sit in and play your bunch sprint card, or have your 2 time trialists get in the front with 3 miles to go and stretch it out, then 1 mile out take a flyer. The only other guy I've seen stay away in a break was last year. He attacked by himself in the feedzone with 35 miles to go, and I think the field forgot he was out there. He finished like 10 minutes ahead. Good luck, and let me know how things work out.

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