Cycling/Photography related blog. I race at an elite level for road and track. A good portion of the content is original but I also include material that excites me. If you like bikes and photos, we have something in common.
Victoria BC Canada
You are drafting at the back of a 15 person A group and someone is driving the pace to an uncomfortable level. After yo-yoing of the back for a few minutes you are dropped into no-mans land. You decide to soft-pedal because:
There are zero instances in a race that require discomfort and besides riding close to vo2 max raises cortisol and you don’t need any more stress in your life.
Pedaling hard in the drops requires concentration and you haven’t decided if you like the Specialized evade helmet over the giro attack. You like the Specialized evade because you watched the original battlestar gallactica but have a penchant for the zeiss branded giro visor.
If you wait for the Bs you can continue discussing why you need an eleven speed drivetrain.
You have a busy day ahead of you and this is the only opportunity to formulate a rant about inconsiderate pacing from the As.
You’ve arrived fresh in the draft at the base of a one minute climb with your group cycling buddies. Halfway to the crest you a unceremoniously dropped and spend the next 15 minutes chasing till they stop at the lights. The best course of action to not get dropped in the future is:
Weigh your titanium drivetrain with a digital scale to ensure the components are within 5% of manufacturer claimed weigh. Then order pedals with titanium spindles, a fancy carbon german crank and carbon clinchers with boutique hubs.
Buy a power meter, hire a coach and continue drinking beer and eating junk food.
Increase the spoke count of your wheels and buy a high modulus carbon bb30 frame to eliminate power loss due to brake rub.
Spend a few hours per week of quality alone time in the wind at 130-150 bpm. Do one set of intervals per week to mimic race conditions. (Some should match the duration and intensity you are getting dropped)
Complain on a forum about unfair pacing and fail to recognize that groups are formed based on ability levels. Fail to recognize that races are made selective by length and intensity because opponents are evenly matched.
Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.
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