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Riding SOLO vs. Working Together

Old 08-26-08, 03:40 PM
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Riding SOLO vs. Working Together

hey all. I have a basic question that I hope an experienced rider can answer. I rode in a moderately easy bike race for the third time last weekend (Tour de Loop - Oswego, NY). I felt good and rode fairly hard, but did so alone for the entire race. I fought the Lake Ontario wind, etc. alone for the entire 30 miles. I felt good about the ride, but horrible about my time. I am very frustrated with my overall placing in the race.

The question I have is: How much of an improvement or time savings does working with another rider buy you? I mean, I have ridden on someone's wheel before, and can sense the energy savings. But generally speaking, how much can one expect to improve by "teaming" with someone? 10%? 20% 30% faster overall?

And since I usually ride with a "slower" rider, how does one approach or pick out a WILLING teammate before or during a race? I mean, does EVERYONE show up to race with a teammate or partner?
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Old 08-26-08, 03:41 PM
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dont ride alone in a race?
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Old 08-26-08, 03:46 PM
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Originally Posted by ginsu View Post
I fought the Lake Ontario wind, etc. alone for the entire 30 miles.
WHY?



You gotta suck wheel, that's the deal.
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Old 08-26-08, 03:48 PM
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WTF.... - are you serious???!!


Draft. Maybe next time you won't go OTB.
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Old 08-26-08, 04:13 PM
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If you're soloing to a win then don't worry about it.

If you're OTB your whole race should be about finding a wheel to follow, the more the merrier.
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Old 08-26-08, 04:24 PM
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I guess I was kind of OTB, but after the main group, it was all stretched out and scattered. It seemed like people were just far enough ahead that if I tried to catch them, I would blow up and be finishing with the old ladies. no offense, but I didnt want that.
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Was this a race or a charity ride?
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Was this a race or a charity ride?
Check this out:

http://www.velobella.org/blog/2008/0...ugust-23-2008/

and you tell me what kind of race it is.
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Originally Posted by mollusk View Post

and you tell me what kind of race it is.
Ahhh...
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Old 08-26-08, 04:41 PM
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No disrespect intended. Folks often refer to centuries and other charity rides as races. This certainly looks like a race.
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Originally Posted by ginsu View Post
I guess I was kind of OTB, but after the main group, it was all stretched out and scattered. It seemed like people were just far enough ahead that if I tried to catch them, I would blow up and be finishing with the old ladies. no offense, but I didnt want that.
You have to work hard to get up to them, once there you can draft off them and soft pedal/coast a while to recover.
Being in someone's draft is a lot easier than riding solo.

There's a reason there are other riders in a race, they're there to keep you out of the wind.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
No disrespect intended. Folks often refer to centuries and other charity rides as races. [/URL]
To be completely fair it appears that this event really did have a race element to it. I don't think that any USAC upgrade points were available, though.
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i personally look for someone to try to work with as much as possible. i did a fun/ charity race in maine and those of us that fell OTB wouldnt work together. because of the guys/ ladies not willing to work together we never had a chance to sniff even the chase group.

there is a group ride near me. over the same 30 miles i average 18.5 solo and with the group we will average 20 or over. a little teamwork goes along way.
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Old 08-26-08, 06:01 PM
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Riding solo over distance is both physically and psychologically difficult. The toughest ride I've ever done was a solo century across the rolling hills of North Missouri into a headwind.
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