Giro Rosa 2014 stage - 1
  • jules

    attack ;)

    • David Stammers

      I learnt never to say anything ESPECIALLY on a training camp… Was struggling in Mallorca last year so i said “why don’t we stick together” foolishly to two others that weren’t so hot… They promptly dropped me xD

    • Dave

      If it doesn’t kill them, it will make them stronger!

  • bigstu_

    I’ll always engage in conversation so that I can assess the other riders lucidity – because it’s important to work out if they are ‘suffering’ or suffering+suffering!
    Class riders will keep pedaling long after loss of compos mentis.
    If your mate gets dizzy and hits the deck then the resultant injuries will stuff them up for a lot longer than a 5 minute break and some deep breaths and sugar.
    In extreme circumstances if I think they should get off, I’ll fake an issue with my bike and ask for their help.
    If you think about training as a tool you use to improve your racing, then you have to conclude that continuing to ride to a program when your body is telling you not to is doing you no good at all.
    Be wise and mature enough to alter your expected outcome for that session.
    I equate it to my time training on the footy field. If your team mate cops a whack but continues to try to play on, you force him to sit out for a while (at least).
    Why should cycling be any different? If someone rides themselves into a hole where they are not thinking straight they need the same support.
    Live to fight another day and come back stronger.

  • duanegran

    The problem is that some people don’t have the experience necessary to know how to accept help. I’ve had a bad day where a mate has given me their draft to help bridge back up, but I can’t begin to count the number of times when I’ve done it for others and they end up coming around me, blow up and just make it take longer.


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