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Reading the Race: Bike Racing from Inside the Peloton

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In Reading the Race, veteran professional bike racer Chris Horner and race announcer Jamie Smith team up to show cyclists how to win races with race smarts. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a race — and how to react.

The Tour de France is so difficult to win that for a century it has been tradition for the champion to share the winnings with his teammates. This acknowledgment of the value of team strategy and tactics is commonplace at the top level of cycling, where the sport is all about teamwork. Yet every amateur cyclist who lines up at the start of the weekend criterium thinks he's in it to win it. By drawing up clever race plans, forming ad hoc teams, and reading the race accurately these riders can transform themselves from loose cannons to podium contenders.

Even better-organized amateur teams have a lot to overcome. The spectrum of fitness and motivation on a Cat-III cycling team is gaping wide. Horner and Smith show how even the most mismatched team can employ strategies and race smarts to better their chances of finishing in the prize money.

For team captains who dream of the podium to the teammates who make it happen to bike racing fans who have no dream of racing, Reading the Race offers a veteran's eye view of how the race can be won.

Synopsis:

In Reading the Race, race announcer Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a race—and see how to win it.

Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if youre in it to win it, you need race smarts. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up a sprint—on every page, Horner and Smith reveal new secrets to faster racing and better results.

Smith and Horner dissect common mistakes, guiding riders with lessons learned from decades of racing experience. Reading the Race reveals the veterans eye view on:

-Assembling the best possible team

-Crafting strategies around the team, course, and rivals

-Reacting instantly to common scenarios

-Making deals and combines

-Breaks, echelons, blocking

-Pack protocol and etiquette

-Finishing in the prize money or on the podium

-Winning the group ride

Whether youre a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ for better racing.

Synopsis:

Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if youre in it to win it, you need race smarts.

YOU NEED READING THE RACE.

Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ.

Setting up a slingshot attack, blocking from the front, managing a lapped field, gapping a wheelsucker out of a breakaway, assembling a winning team—every page reveals new secrets to moving forward in the peloton and putting time into your rivals.

Whether youre a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, youll find new insight and the keys to victory in Reading the Race.

Thirty years of criterium racing have given race announcer and coach Jamie Smith a rare ability to see, describe, and critique the tactics in the American peloton. This book is his way of paying it back.

Three-time NRC champion and Vuelta winner Chris Horner began his dominating pro career in 1995. His photographic memory has cemented his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport.

About the Author

Chris Horner lives and trains in Girona, Spain. Jamie Smith lives and races near Detroit, Michigan.

Table of Contents

PREFACE

CHAPTER 1: WHATS MY MOTIVATION?

Why Do You Race?

The Pro Game versus Our Game

Euro Pro

American Pro

American Amateur

Mistakes Amateur Teams Make

How Tactics Have Changed

Tactics in Other Sports

CHAPTER 2: BASIC TECHNIQUES

Basic Training

Bike Handling

Cornering

Drinking and Eating

Looking Over Your Shoulder

Braking

Standing

Stretching

Shifting/Gearing

 

CHAPTER 3: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

Riding in the Rain

Holding a Steady Speed

Bumping Others

Pacelines and Rotating Pacelines

Echelons

Economy of Motion

Peeing While Riding

Handling Speed

Descending

Self-Made Speed

Intervals

Seeing Movements

Climbing

Recon the Course

Getting Psyched Up (or Out)

Pack Riding

Playing the Accordion

Gaining Position

Claustrophobia

Avoiding Crashes

CHAPTER 4: ATTACKING

The Breakaway

Slingshot

Broadcasting Intentions

Faux Attack

Bungee Attack

Size of the Break

Working with a Teammate

Breakaways That Dont Work

Blocking

Gatekeepers

Chasing, Bridging, Reeling, Catching

Bridging Distance

Chasing Your Own Team

Not Caught 'til it's Caught

Division of Power

CHAPTER 5: WINNING AND OTHER LOFTY GOALS

Joop

Reading the Race

Overfamiliarity

Patience

Working the Break

Roll Call

Getting Rid of Them

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

CHAPTER 6: SPRINTING

Measuring Distance

Positioning

Lead Out

Form

Communications

Get On My Wheel

Combines

Picking the Right Strangers

Sharing the Booty

Going Solo

 

CHAPTER 7: TIME TRIALS

Knowing the Course — Intimately

All Wind is Not Created Equal

Climbing and Descending

Man and Machine

High Alert

Heavy Wind

CHAPTER 8: DECISIONS, DECISIONS

Caught

When a Crash Occurs

Cloudburst

First 5 Laps, Last 5 Laps

When to Relax

Suffering, Tail-gunning, Punching Tickets

Front or Back?

Helping a Brother Out

DNF versus Finish at all Costs

CHAPTER 9: ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT TEAM

Club versus Team

Recruiting

Chemistry

Sacrifice

Practicing as a Team

Assessing Strengths and Assigning Roles

Practicing as a Team

Group Training Rides

Picking the Right Ride

Finding the Ride

Worlds

Making the Grade

Working as a Team in an Open Group Ride

Racing as a Team

Goals

Team Meetings

How to Win, Place, or Show

Going for It

Luck

Splitting the Winnings

An Honest Assessment of Your Contribution

CHAPTER 10: GO RACE

Product Details

ISBN:
9781937715106
Author:
Smith, Jamie
Publisher:
VeloPress
Author:
Horner, Chris
Subject:
Cycling
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Bicycling General
Subject:
bike racing, bicycle racing, tour de france, grand tours, cycling, criterium racing, crit racing, stage racing, amateur bike racing, amateur cycling, bike racing tactics, bike racing strategy, cycling strategy, chris horner,
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Illustrations throughout
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
In Reading the Race, race announcer Jamie Smith and veteran road captain Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in bike racing strategies and tactics. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a race—and see how to win it.

Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if youre in it to win it, you need race smarts. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up a sprint—on every page, Horner and Smith reveal new secrets to faster racing and better results.

Smith and Horner dissect common mistakes, guiding riders with lessons learned from decades of racing experience. Reading the Race reveals the veterans eye view on:

-Assembling the best possible team

-Crafting strategies around the team, course, and rivals

-Reacting instantly to common scenarios

-Making deals and combines

-Breaks, echelons, blocking

-Pack protocol and etiquette

-Finishing in the prize money or on the podium

-Winning the group ride

Whether youre a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ for better racing.

"Synopsis" by ,
Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if youre in it to win it, you need race smarts.

YOU NEED READING THE RACE.

Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, Reading the Race will elevate your cycling IQ.

Setting up a slingshot attack, blocking from the front, managing a lapped field, gapping a wheelsucker out of a breakaway, assembling a winning team—every page reveals new secrets to moving forward in the peloton and putting time into your rivals.

Whether youre a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, youll find new insight and the keys to victory in Reading the Race.

Thirty years of criterium racing have given race announcer and coach Jamie Smith a rare ability to see, describe, and critique the tactics in the American peloton. This book is his way of paying it back.

Three-time NRC champion and Vuelta winner Chris Horner began his dominating pro career in 1995. His photographic memory has cemented his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport.

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