Cycling Strategy - Use the Tarrain
Cycling Strategy on small bendy roads
Trying to attack immediately before or on small bendy roads in towns or woodland areas is often a good cycling strategy because the peloton does not have a clear view of all the riders. When you are just a couple of hundred meters ahead of the peloton or in a bigger group you become invisible more quickly when the roads are bendy.
This strategy is often used and best employed if you are a couple of bike riders who can help each other to set a high speed. The peloton, or the group of riders you have broken away from, will usually catch up with you on straight roads. But the the strength of te peloton is less on small bending roads because they have become stretched out and cooperation between several riders in the pursuit of you and your break away group is more difficult to organize.
Like your break away group you ride quickly through the bends after every turn. Further back in the peloton the slower the riders can ride through the same bend. This is caused by the fact that several riders down in the peloton ride next to each other, and in this way the bend becomes sharper than it actually is, and the rider’s speed further behind is reduced in proportion to the riders in the lead.
Perhaps the riders who are most eager to catch your brak away group are a little further back in the peloton. Before these riders fight their way to the front, you and your followers may already have the seconds needed for the break away to make it to the finish.
Cycling Strategy on a hill
Another exelent cycling strategy is to make an attack on hills. This demands of course that you are good at riding on hills and that you have a good pedaling ability on hills. Riding on the actual hill demands that you are good at hill riding.
You should place yourself among the leaders before the hill. After this you can attempt an actual attack on the hill. Usually this tactic succeeds, if you are good on hills, but the problem is rather building on the lead you have created in relation to the others.
Consequently, a good method is to agree before the race with one or two others that you can break away together at a particular moment. In this way, you are couple of riders who are able to attack on the actual hill and as a result you can also set the pace after the hill and the lead can be further increased.
If a prior agreement has not been made with anyone, then a really good method is immediately before the hill to select a rider, who is a little ahead of you. This rider could attempt an attack with you.
Ride up behind the rider, prick the rider’s leg and signal to the person that they should move right behind you and make it clear that you intend to attack. In this way, you are pretty sure of not sitting alone following the acceleration on the actual hill.
The really cunning rider picks the rider that you know can follow on the hill, but on the other hand you know can beat in a possible finale.
Cycling Strategy after a hill
Yet another good cycling strategy is to attack after the hill or after an attack on the actual hill has been neutralized. This is a moment in the race like after a sprint has finished, where the peloton is disorganized and the riders who have just tried to attack on the hill are tired.
However, accelerating at this time is one of the hardest things to pull off because you have to climb the hill fairly close to the leaders, but so far back that you don’t become an obvious element among the riders attempting an attack on the attackers on the hill.
This requires skill and also you need a bit of luck. In this situation, it is very difficult to make a prior agreement with other riders, but if you succeed, then it is usually a secure method of gaining valuable seconds.