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Why the Break was Made

Nearly every professional bike race features an hours-long, almost certainly doomed breakaway. The odds against this move are terrible, a...

How to set up a breakaway

The early breakaway is often the one that makes it all the way to the finish of the race. Judging the right moment to breakaway takes exp...

How To Move Up In A Bunch

A great race result is usually due to being in the right place at the right time. GCN's Matt Stephens takes you through the essentials of...

Anatomy of the Leadout With Mark Renshaw

Mario Cipollini was the first to master the leadout train to win an enormous amount of sprint finishes. Giovanni Lombardi is often credit...

Turning Around Negative Racing

One complaint I often hear about Masters racing is that it's negative. In my limited experience with racing against the old codgers, I co...

The Art Of The Counter Attack

I learned the art of the counter-attack from my teammate Duncan Smith. He's the master of reading the race and hitting the bunch at the r...

Blocking

Photo by Leigh Schilling Blocking is a race strategy you may have heard of before.   It involves riders with the same interests moving up...

Climbing strategies

To be a good climber you need to build a foundation of strength. Strength is the component of fitness that allows you to climb faster. Yo...

Melbourne to Ballarat - Crosswinds and Number Crunching

Once thing I love about racing here in Australia is the history behind some of these events.  Some of these races have been going on for ...

The Final Corner

Aussie Ben Kirstin comes first at the US Crit Championships.  Photo courtesy of Velonews - Casey B. Gibson I've said it before and I'll s...

Politics of the Peloton - Reading The Race

Photo: Shane Goss/www.licoricegallery.com This past Saturday was my first race back after a few months off.  Thankfully it wasn't the fie...

Politics of the Peloton

Being "in the chop" is an Aussie expression that you won't read about in the UCI rulebook.  It's one of the many nuances of bike racing t...

If You're Not Moving Forwards, You're Moving Backwards

You've probably been in the situation during a race where everyone keeps stealing the wheel you were sitting comfortably behind. As this ...

Drafting Aerodynamics

We all know that drafting is an important part of road cycling.  As a cyclist moves forward he produces a turbulent wake of air behind hi...

Bridging The Gap

It seems that lately I've been writing about everything else under the sun except for the cycling tips that I've mandated to myself.   Wh...

Don't Panic

This post comes from one of the smartest and best bike racers I know - Jeff Bolstad.   Listen and learn... Thanks Jeff DON'T PANIC I wrot...

To Attack Or Not To Attack....That Is The Question

Do you ever notice that some guys get in every winning break-away and seem to have all the "luck"?  Well, it's not so much "luck" as it i...

Bay Crit Tip #3 - Criterium Strategies and Tactics - The Break Away

There are basically 2 strategies that you can use in a criterium to win - break-away or bunch finish.  The tactics you employ within each...

Bay Crit Tip #2 - Tight Cornering in Crits

The Bay Crit series is set up for spectators - not for the racers.  Along with this comes lots of hot dog circuits and tight corners arou...

Old Sprinter's Trick - Drop The Wheel

The beauty of bike racing is that it's chess on wheels.  The strongest person doesn't always win because there are so many subtle tactics...

Catching the Swarm

Even though the the peloton is riding at a very steady speed, the distance between riders is constantly changing.  There might not be muc...