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Well…An Addendum – As if on cue. This is what I was talking about in my post yesterday – Fantastic!

The Road to Cat 1

Last race’s long breakaway got me thinking about some of the techniques used when riding in a small group.  I am also racing a Team Time Trial this weekend where some of these techniques will be applicable.

The basic version of the technique is riding in a single or rotating paceline.  However, a situation like a breakaway in a criterium includes corners, ever-changing wind direction, and the constant reminder that your friends will soon become your adversaries.

Cornering

On a technical course, unless the breakaway is quite large (perhaps > 10), then it will be best to negotiate the corners single-file.  This will allow the group to take the ideal racing line and preserve as much speed as possible.  This is one of the key advantages the break has over the chasing peloton, so keeping the speed high is very important.  Riding in a single paceline is ideal, with…

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