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Racing the Race Ride 102
Thursday, May 29, 2008 - General
I've been hittin' up the local race ride the past couple of weeks and boy has it got serious; team tactics flying all over the place. The problem is with DBC having 75% of the riders, some of these tactics are just overkill.

For example, last week a rider came up to me after the sprint and said, "If you were going 24 you would have stayed away because we shut down the group." Well thanks, but no thanks. Being caught is part of the ride because it forces you to try something else and that's what's going to happen in a race. Plus, sitting in the pack because you have a rider off the front isn't really a skill. The ability to be that rider is, practice that.

What I'm saying is that having one rider off the front and 30 others doing nothing doesn't really make anybody a better racer and it makes the ride kind of boring. I suggest we lay off the global team tactics and work on some of the smaller things like knowing when to attack and leading out teammates. This will hopefully let everyone try something and give people a better workout.

Whatever happens, you can be sure I'll be chasing everything down so feel free to chase me.


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Mike Hardy
Thursday, May 29, 2008, 3:37 pm
wear different year kits randomly, and divide up on year boundaries?
Team Oakland would have the same problem on the port ride, but we just chase everything down too. Basically if you're not doing 28+ you can bet that there is a long single-file line of teammates headed your direction. Damn it's fun :-)

FWS
Thursday, May 29, 2008, 9:30 pm
Hey Paul... First of all congrats again on Mt Hamilton! Second your right, after our last ride, you were off the front and we shut down the chase. Might be a good thing to do in a real Race, but on a Race Ride? So we had decided to change the rules, and we the Masters are gunning for anything. Except for another Masters. In the spirit of the sport, you need to keep things exciting. Thanks again for making us work our as@ off.
Ciao...

g-money
Friday, May 30, 2008, 5:26 pm
mmm.... 30 dbc vs 5 aggies (mostly cat5's...)..

this thursday i heard a dbc guy yell, "hey! why are we chasing them down? team tactics!" on the first sprint... aggies still took the first sprint.. really should be split into smaller (4-8 man) teams..





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