Racing Tactics for Cyclists

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.

Product Details

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

About the Author

Pelkey is an editor at Velo News.

Table of Contents

Preface: Tactics for Everyonexiii
Introduction: Bicycle Racing: An Exercise of the Body and Mindxvii
1A Tactical Toolbox1
2Pace Lines15
3Breaking Away49
4Blocking: The Art of Being Uncooperative81
5Wind, Hills, and Other Challenges91
6The Importance of Staying Informed107
7Dealing with the Disasters115
8Tricks of the Trade125
9Time to Sprint: The Charge to the Line141
10The Criterium: A Tactical Microcosm155
11Stage Races167
12Honing Your Skills: Bike, Mind, and Body173
Final Word211
About the Authors219

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Racing Tactics for Cyclists 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Chet-the-Lone-Wolf-Rider More than 1 year ago
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.