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Old 06-01-07, 04:10 PM
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Team tactics at work.

The last couple of crits have had some very effective team tactics which have resulted in domination for them and a good trouncing for the rest of us.

Race one: two strong team guys (2STG) break away and the pack chases with zero effort from the team. 2STG win and the rest of us unattached are pack fodder as the rest of the team conserves energy by not chasing and stick us tired chasers by unleashing a torent in the sprint. I get in around 7th.

Race two: 2STG take off from the gun, I do not let them get away, team unleashes multiple attacks, and launches the 2STG off the front for their win. I get in around 6th. I got beat by a girl too.

Race three: One of the 2STG takes of with 6 laps to go (out of 15 2 km laps). No one chases, Team blocks. The solo guy builds his lead to 45 seconds and I come in around 7th. At least I beat the girl this time
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Old 06-01-07, 04:17 PM
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Yeah, it doesn't take a death squad of 20 ninjas dressed in black to manhandle a race. Two or three people who know what they're doing can hog-tie the field.

Your answers can be found in your examples. You know what they did. Now you have to recognize them as they're happening.

When they attack, you should allow them to pull away until the gap between you and them is j-u-s-t b-a-r-e-l-y crossable (by your own standards - what you think you can cross). Then you try to jump across that gap alone - taking no wheelsuckers with you. Get across to them and join their little party.

You're already ahead of the game; I would bet that most other riders in that pack couldn't give an accurate account of what 2STG did to beat you.

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Sorry for the thread hijack...but I have to say something about that video clip in your sig!

Great...this is exactly what I am fearing will happen to me on the 16th in my first attempt at this!!!!

And that was no pack either....
From what I can see, it was the fault of the second rider, who seemed to corner way faster and then drift right into the rear wheel of the first rider.

Third rider, you, never had a chance...an innocent bystander if you will.

And finally...what happened? Injuries for anyone?
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Looks like it's time to join 2STG
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Sorry for the thread hijack...but I have to say something about that video clip in your sig!

Great...this is exactly what I am fearing will happen to me on the 16th in my first attempt at this!!!!

And that was no pack either....
From what I can see, it was the fault of the second rider, who seemed to corner way faster and then drift right into the rear wheel of the first rider.

Third rider, you, never had a chance...an innocent bystander if you will.

And finally...what happened? Injuries for anyone?
Just do what the guy in the red jersey didn't do....apply the brakes.
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Old 06-01-07, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Hipcycler
Sorry for the thread hijack...but I have to say something about that video clip in your sig!

Great...this is exactly what I am fearing will happen to me on the 16th in my first attempt at this!!!!

And that was no pack either....
From what I can see, it was the fault of the second rider, who seemed to corner way faster and then drift right into the rear wheel of the first rider.

Third rider, you, never had a chance...an innocent bystander if you will.

And finally...what happened? Injuries for anyone?
Your summary is dead on..On thinking back I should look to bunny hopping the curb as an out. Doing that there would have landed me in a tree though. I got up and re joined the race a couple of laps later and did not contest the finish. My rear wheel needed a bit of trueing. The guy who started it all healed up his minor road rash and is now seriously getting into racing. I still just dabble.

No team tactics were in play there, in other words, he did not take a dive to take me out. This is cycling not hockey.

His error...he did not look to where he wanted to go when he cornered, he wrongly focused on the rear wheel that he ended up hitting. I know you were working on cornering and I have not read all the responces, so to hijack this thread even further, look to where you want to go ahead of the corner. In a corner this involves turning your head a bit.
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