Category: Race Strategy

Many bike racers with the talent to be super heroes have terrible enemies in the peloton who repeatedly thwart their ambitions. In a bike race, the good guy doesn’t always win. If the good guy has to waste energy dealing …

Joe Racer Vs. The Bad Guys Read More »

There are riders who never work at the front prior to the final few laps in a criterium, and yet consistently get on the podium. These riders are often not aerobically powerful. Some can’t time-trial their way out of a …

Don’t Hate Them For Winning Read More »

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Cycling fans are focused on the 21-day Tour de France while bike racers are heading to their own shorter stage races for sustained doses of suffering, and nearly guaranteed good times. Stage races can …

Road Trip!!! It’s Stage Racing Time! Read More »

Bike racing at the professional level is very much a team sport. While individuals get credit for winning races and tours, they cannot do so without the support of a strong team. Sometimes the support is obvious, such as when …

There’s no “We” in “Team” Read More »

by Brian Forbes For every action in the race by a competitor or teammate, there is always a choice of reactions by every other rider in the race. In the excitement of being in a racing pack, it is important …

Tactics 101 – Road Racing Strategy Read More »

Winds can play a major role in the outcome of any race. From conserving energy to advancing position in the pack, wind can be a valuable ally or unwelcome foe. Come race day, knowing how to read and position for …

Don’t Just Be Dust in the Wind Read More »

By the time you read this the Northern Hemisphere racing season will be in its waning months. Chances are that you’d still like to earn a few more upgrade points or attract attention from a bigger team and that you …

Bike Racing: The Game Read More »

An attack is an acceleration initiated with the goal of getting a tactically significant gap. A well planned attack is often the tactical turning point of a race, but many attacks are ineffective: Some don’t result in a gap. Some …

Tactical Toolbox: The Attack Read More »

Many riders who race but don’t win assume that they need to train some weak area of physical ability. One can train in specific ways to improve the power that can be sustained for mile after mile, for a few …

How to win a bike race Read More »

There are as many potentially successful strategies for winning bike races as there are courses and categories. However, only a few strategies are likely to be successful in any given race. Strategies that work beautifully on one course or with …

Double Reality Check – Identifying a tactical race plan that suits both your talents and the course Read More »

See if you can figure out the common factor in these five situations: Riders are stretched out single file on a wide straight road as the leader weaves back and forth, pedaling furiously, occasionally looking over his shoulder, and frantically …

Light a Candle, or, Race the Race You’ve Entered Read More »

Each rider is more suited to particular aspects of racing and less suited to others. Some riders have tremendous speed for a short distance, some can ride all day at a good clip and some can climb away from a …

Race Your Strengths Read More »

When we watch pro races on television, the roles of racers all look so well defined. Robbie McEwen is a SPRINTER and Fred Rodriguez the LEADOUT MAN that takes Robbie to the 200m mark. Michael Rasmussen a CLIMBER who will …

Learning from the Tour de France: Rider Roles Read More »