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If you ever want to win a major wheelrace, crit or even some roadraces where teams aren’t prevalent, you definitely need to be a good, strong cyclist. No doubt about that. However, there’s something else to it that you won’t find on any Google search or cycling rule book. You had better be in on "the Joke ". I’ll be gunned down if I talk anymore about it, but I’ll let you know that it happens at many major showcase events. Don’t know what "the joke " is? You might want to find out and get in on it.