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Race Craft and Preparation



We asked our coaches and a pro World Tour cyclist for some useful hints and tips, enjoy.


NICK SCHULTZ, Bike Exchange


  1. COURSE KNOWLEDGE.


Be aware of the terrain and wind direction. Use Google street view to get an idea of what's to come. Tape reminder notes on your stem.


  1. OPPONENTS.


Study who you will be racing. Knowing which riders are a threat will help you with positioning.


  1. FUELLING


Consuming upwards of 70 grams of carbs per hour can be the difference between winning and losing.


MONICA DEW, Duchy Cycle Coaching


  1. PREPARATION.


Pack your race bag the night before to minimise stress on race mornings.


  1. MUSIC.


Create a favourite playlist that's going to keep you calm and focused pre-race.


  1. HAVE A PLAN.

Subgoals within a race are just as important for development, e.g positioning into the first climb is a useful subgoal.


MAX STEDMAN, Mg.K Vis-Color for Peace-VPM and Duchy Cycle Coaching



  1. USE YOUR MATCHES WISELY.


Loads of small attacks are a waste of energy and are easy to follow. Attack once and make it a big one!


  1. WIND.


Study the direction and strength of the wind at different points on the course. This is key to know where to position yourself.


  1. USE YOUR INSTINCTS


If you see a danger rider go, latch onto them immediately. Hesitate and it may well be too late!

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