Reading the Race: Bike Racing from Inside the Peloton

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Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you’re in it to win it, you need race smarts.

YOU NEED READING THE RACE.

Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, ...

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Overview

Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you’re in it to win it, you need race smarts.

YOU NEED READING THE RACE.

Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ.

Setting up a slingshot attack, blocking from the front, managing a lapped field, gapping a wheelsucker out of a breakaway, assembling a winning team—every page reveals new secrets to moving forward in the peloton and putting time into your rivals.

Whether you’re a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, you’ll find new insight and the keys to victory in Reading the Race.

Thirty years of criterium racing have given race announcer and coach Jamie Smith a rare ability to see, describe, and critique the tactics in the American peloton. This book is his way of paying it back.

Three-time NRC champion and Vuelta winner Chris Horner began his dominating pro career in 1995. His photographic memory has cemented his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport.

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“Horner's anecdotes make Reading the Race a worthwhile read for those whose primary interest is the European pro peloton, but really the book isn't aimed at the armchair rider, it's a practical manual for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade.” —Podium Café

“The descriptions of specific group tactics, such as pacelines, echelon riding and the like, are clearly illustrated and annotated. If you have any doubts as to how any are to be implemented in real life, these leave no doubt as to how each ought to be successfuly accomplished.” —The Washing Machine Post

“In the Reading the Race, [Horner and Smith have] outlined the key mechanics of reading a race — and more importantly, how to win. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up for a sprint, it’s all there.” —Road Bike Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937715106
  • Publisher: VeloPress
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 311,185
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Horner is a professional bike racer and veteran among the peloton. His popular Tour de France video diaries on VeloNews.com revealed Horner's uncanny photographic memory for every moment of a race and built his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport. Building up a career that he began as a U.S. domestic pro, Horner turned his sharp mind and superior fitness into racing jobs with the most elite professional cycling teams, establishing himself as one of America's premier stage racers.

When he's not on his bike or out in front of the race announcing, Jamie Smith is a cycling evangelist. His first book Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer celebrates the eccentric, monkish life that the roadie embraces. 
 

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Table of Contents

PREFACE

1: WHAT’S MY MOTIVATION?
2: BASIC TRAINING
3: PACK RIDING AND OTHER SKILLS
4: HANDLING SPEED
5: ATTACKING
6: WINNING AND OTHER LOFTY GOALS
7: SPRINTING
8: TIME TRIALS
9: HIGH ALERT
10: ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT TEAM
11: GOALS
12: GO RACE

Phraseology
Gear Chart
Index
About the Authors

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