Racing Tactics for Cyclists

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Written for the experienced road cyclist, this book shows team riders how to ride in a race, explains the importance of position, and discusses individual and team racing tactics. Each type of road race—one-days, stage races, criteriums—is covered, along with the technical riding skills and mental strategies needed to succeed. Also included is information on handling prologues, recovering from a crash or flat tire, resting during a race, and evaluating the competition.

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Overview

Written for the experienced road cyclist, this book shows team riders how to ride in a race, explains the importance of position, and discusses individual and team racing tactics. Each type of road race—one-days, stage races, criteriums—is covered, along with the technical riding skills and mental strategies needed to succeed. Also included is information on handling prologues, recovering from a crash or flat tire, resting during a race, and evaluating the competition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931382304
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 11/10/2003
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 926,783
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Pelkey is an editor at Velo News.

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Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Preface: Tactics for Everyone xiii
Introduction: Bicycle Racing: An Exercise of the Body and Mind xvii
1 A Tactical Toolbox 1
2 Pace Lines 15
3 Breaking Away 49
4 Blocking: The Art of Being Uncooperative 81
5 Wind, Hills, and Other Challenges 91
6 The Importance of Staying Informed 107
7 Dealing with the Disasters 115
8 Tricks of the Trade 125
9 Time to Sprint: The Charge to the Line 141
10 The Criterium: A Tactical Microcosm 155
11 Stage Races 167
12 Honing Your Skills: Bike, Mind, and Body 173
Final Word 211
Index 213
About the Authors 219
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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    I'm only a recreational cyclist and not at all interested in com

    I'm only a recreational cyclist and not at all interested in competing. I understood "drafting" but not much else about bicycle racing, assuming that the guy with greatest speed and endurance wins. Wrong! Thomas Prehn has explained how to maneuver within the pack, avoiding being blocked and trapped, how to create a "breakaway" as well as how to reel one back, what it means and how to "pull along" a fallen rider and all sorts of tactics and techniques that I never imagined but will now certainly watch for. His tactical tips and clear illustrated explanations should be helpful to anyone interested in bicycle racing.

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