In Reading the Race, race announcer Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a raceand see how to win it.
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. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up a sprinton every page, Horner and Smith reveal new secrets to faster racing and better results.
Smith and Horner dissect common mistakes, guiding riders with lessons learned from decades of racing experience. Reading the Race reveals the veteran's eye view on:
- Assembling the best possible team
- Crafting strategies around the team, course, and rivals
- Reacting instantly to common scenarios
- Making deals and combines
- Breaks, echelons, blocking
- Pack protocol and etiquette
- Finishing in the prize money or on the podium
- Winning the group ride
Whether you're a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ for better racing.
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About the Author
Jamie Smith is a veteran bike racer and bike race announcer. He has been a bike racer since 1983 working his way up through the ranks of amateur cycling, and a bike race announcer since 1985 traveling with some of the world's greatest cyclists. He spent several years in public relations for a sleepy Detroit suburb, receiving one Emmy nomination and several Telly Awards. Writing repetitive press releases and boring speeches inspired him to find something more exciting to write about: bike racing. A graduate of Central Michigan University's Broadcast and Cinematic Arts program, Jamie has become adept at describing cycling's most complex intricacies to normal people. His first book, Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer, was selected as a 2009 Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. He has since taken on the role of sport director to translate the complexities of bike racing for befuddled bike racers who mistakenly chase down their own teammates, miss the winning breakaway, and consistently finish one place out of the money. He currently lives in Rochester, Michigan, with his 11 bikes, 2 surfboards, 1 rowing scull, and 5 pair of cross-country skis.
Chris Horner is one of cycling's most popular and observant riders, blessed with a rare ability to read a race in progress and describe it fluently afterward. He began his long pro career in the U.S. in 1995 with PAA-NutraFig; moved to Europe for three years with Française des Jeux; and then returned to America to guide the Mercury, Prime Alliance, Saturn, and Webcor teams, with whom he won nearly every major race on the domestic calendar. A three-time national racing calendar champion, winner of the 2013 Vuelta a España, Tour de Langkawi, the Tour de Georgia, the Tour of the Basque Country, and the Tour of California, Horner led the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad and currently rides for RadioShack-Leopard-Trek, where his veteran counsel and unflappable temper make him the go-to guy for tactics, race smarts, and planning.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: WHAT'S MY MOTIVATION?Why Do You Race?The Pro Game versus Our GameEuro ProAmerican ProAmerican AmateurMistakes Amateur Teams MakeHow Tactics Have ChangedTactics in Other Sports
CHAPTER 2: BASIC TECHNIQUESBasic TrainingBike HandlingCorneringDrinking and EatingLooking Over Your ShoulderBrakingStanding
CHAPTER 3: ADVANCED TECHNIQUESRiding in the RainHolding a Steady SpeedBumping OthersPacelines and Rotating PacelinesEchelonsEconomy of MotionPeeing While RidingHandling SpeedDescendingSelf Made SpeedIntervalsSeeing MovementsClimbingRecon the CourseGetting Psyched Up (or Out)Pack RidingPlaying the AccordionGaining PositionClaustrophobiaAvoiding Crashes
CHAPTER 4: ATTACKINGThe BreakawaySlingshotBroadcasting IntentionsFaux AttackBungee AttackSize of the BreakWorking with a TeammateBreakaways That Don't WorkBlockingGatekeepersChasing, Bridging, Reeling, CatchingBridging DistanceChasing Your Own TeamNot Caught 'til it's CaughtDivision of Power
CHAPTER 5: WINNING AND OTHER LOFTY GOALSJoopReading the RaceOverfamiliarityPatienceWorking the BreakRoll CallGetting Rid of ThemShould I Stay orShould I Go?
CHAPTER 6: SPRINTINGMeasuring DistancePositioningLead OutFormCommunicationsGet On My WheelCombinesPicking the Right StrangersSharing the BootyGoing Solo
CHAPTER 7: TIME TRIALSKnowing the Course - IntimatelyAll Wind is Not Created EqualClimbing and DescendingMan and MachineHigh AlertHeavy Wind
CHAPTER 8: DECISIONS, DECISIONSCaughtWhen a Crash OccursCloudburstFirst 5 Laps, Last 5 LapsWhen to RelaxSuffering, Tail gunning, Punching TicketsFront or Back?Helping a Brother OutDNF versus Finish at allCosts
CHAPTER 9: ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT TEAMClub versus TeamRecruitingChemistrySacrificePracticing as a TeamAssessing Strengths and Assigning RolesPracticing as a TeamGroup Training RidesPicking the Right RideFinding the RideWorldsMaking the GradeWorking as a Team in an Open Group RideRacing as a TeamGoalsTeam MeetingsHow to Win, Place,or ShowGoing for ItLuckSplitting the WinningsAn Honest Assessment of Your Contribution
CHAPTER 10: GO RACE
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