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by Alison Powers
February 13, 2016
Photography by Cor Vos
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Every week, Alison Powers and her fellow ALP Cycles coaches — Jennifer Sharp and Patricia Schwager —share their experience, stories and advice with Ella readers in a ‘Weekly Wisdom’ training tips column. Additionally, once a month, Alison responds to your training, riding or racing questions.
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Bike racing is a team sport. In road racing, specifically, smart team tactics, a dialed in race plan and execution will win races.
Just as in other team sports (football, hockey, basketball), the team must come up with a game plan and the players are held accountable to do their part for the success of the team. This same idea applies to bike racing. The team comes up with a race plan (a pre-race meeting is very important), the riders on the team are given jobs to do in the race, and everyone is expected to do their part for the success of the team- or in cycling’s case- of getting one person to the line first.
Before starting any bike race, a race plan must be made, discussed with all racers on the team, and everyone needs to understand their ‘job’ in the race. A specific race plan will not only keep the team focused during the race, it also increases everyone’s chance at success.
A few things to think about before coming up with a race plan and team tactics:
Once you know these things, you can come up with a race plan. For example:
This example is a specific race plan. The teammates know exactly what to do, when to do it, and each are held accountable for their race actions. Just like a coach holds you accountable for your training, recovery and nutrition, you hold yourself and your teammates accountable on race day.
Most importantly, there can be no team tactics if there is no team. A team must communicate with each other, plan together, help each other, push and challenge each other and race for the goal and success of the team- not the individual.
Your questions for Alison or any of the other ALP Cyles coaches don’t need to be limited to the topic at hand. Ask them anything! Post your question in the comments below or send it to us on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #weeklywisdom or #askalp.
Each coach brings her own coaching strengths and personal experiences. Roading racing, track, endurance mountain biking, time trialling, making the leap to living and racing in Europe – they’ve got you covered. Find out more about Alison Powers and her Alp Cycles coaching company at here.