Wednesday morning was our monthly coach/athlete ride. We call these monthly rides the 'ALP Rides'. Each ride has a specific focus and goal for the workout. This month the focus was on team tactics and team racing. Alison brought several of her jersey's she's won over the years and teams were divided up- yellow team, green team, red team, and an ALP Cycles team. Each team came up with their own race tactic for the section of road that was our 'race'. We did 4 races in duration from 3-4.5miles. After each of the race segments, the teams got back to together and talked about what went well and what do to better for the next race.
Some of the tips and tactics that were learned-
- Be aware. You must be aware of your own racing (positioning, effort, etc), but you must also be aware of what's going on around you. Where are your teammates, what are the other teams' tactics, who's riding in the wind, who's doing what, etc. The ore aware of the race situation and whole picture you are, the better of a bike racer you can be.
- Start to become aware of what you are doing and how it's effecting your team and your teams' potential outcome of the race.
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-Look at the course and start to learn where the race will happen- hills, corners, wind, etc. Have a race plan in place that takes all of this into account.
-Have a finish plan. It's one thing to have a race plan with your team, it's another to take that race plan all the way to the finish. The more specific the plan is, the better.
- Most important- have a race plan, but also have a plan B and a plan C. Races don't always go according to plan so you must have an open mind and be able to switch plans on the fly as needed
Looking over our ALP Athlete's ride files from the day, proves that this ride was very race specific. For the 4 races, we had IF's of .90-.10. It was full gas. Plus, half of the racing was in the rain, so that extra stimulus added was a big bonus that is hard to get on our own.
Yellow team proved hard to beat with 3 of the 4 wins. Green team was quite strong as they had two in the winning move each race, but they didn't quite know how to put it together as a team to beat the individuals. It was a great learning experience and tons of fun.
ALP Cycles Coaching specializes in skills clinics. Our coaches work with individuals and teams to better their bike handling skills, team tactics, and overall confidence on a bike. Check out http://alpcyclescoaching.com/cc.php for more information.