Tuesday, June 29, 2010
When the time is right, GO!
Twice I ended up on the wrong side of Steve Tilford as he blocked for teammates. By the time I figured out what he was doing I was at the back of the bunch sprinting out of every corner to maintain position. Luckily I've never had a problem nudging my way up the inside of a corner to make up positions. Tilly has a pretty unique technique, one I'd not seen before, but it works brilliantly.
I see a ton of talented yound riders waste a lot of energy. You see, road racing is a test in energy management. And to win at that game, you have to train for it. You have to know when to conserve and when it matters to go hard. As my buddy Nate always says "I'm always good for the bare minimum, it's the least I can do". Pretty good words to live by in road races. If you're going hard when it doesn't matter, you're going to lose. One of the harder points to learn is the who's who. Who's got the legs and who doesn't. If a guy is strong you don't want to give him much room when he jumps. If the guy is not so strong, maybe you can ease up a bit on the pedals and use the terrain or a rider with less savvy to tow you up to him. These were all methods I had to employ this weekend. I wasn't strong enough to do much but sit in this weekend but with good positioning I was able to make it work and even be a little aggressive in very limited quantities. In the end I was able to contest the sprint for a cash placing. It worked out for me on Saturday, not so much on Sunday.
There's basically one road race left for me this year, the state road championships. That'll give me five races on the tarmac, more than I've done on dirt this year. It's been a fun return to the road and I'm looking forward to the 70 mile circuit race. From what I hear, the course will be pretty cool in reverse this year. I should probably go check it out.
Photo Credit: Alex Edwards