Getting Destroyed at My First P/1/2/3 Race (2020 Cal Aggie Crit P123) | Summary and Q&A

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February 13, 2020
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Getting Destroyed at My First P/1/2/3 Race (2020 Cal Aggie Crit P123)

TL;DR

Nate and Pete analyze the strategy and mistakes made during a P12 race, focusing on positioning, following the right riders, and conserving energy.

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Key Insights

  • 😊 Following the wheel of a pro rider is a strategic move, but it is important to consider the presence of other strong teams in the race.
  • 😀 In a race with teams of varying strengths, it can be advantageous to key off the stronger teams to make better race moves.
  • πŸ‘‹ Good positioning within the peloton is crucial for responding to attacks and conserving energy.
  • πŸƒ Exercise-induced asthma can significantly impact a rider's performance and ability to breathe, affecting their ability to stay with a breakaway.
  • ✊ Maintaining steady power output and avoiding spikes in a breakaway can improve the chances of its success.
  • πŸ’ͺ Racing against multiple strong teams can make the race more challenging, as they will work to neutralize any breakaway attempts.
  • 🐎 The cognitive load of a race can affect decision-making, and proper fueling is essential to maintain focus and make smart choices.

Questions & Answers

Q: How did following the wheel of a pro rider affect Nate's race strategy?

Following the pro rider initially seemed like a good plan, but Nate failed to consider the presence of other strong teams. Racing against Mike's Bikes made the race much harder for Nate and his team.

Q: How did Nate's exercise-induced asthma impact his race?

Nate's asthma caused him to have difficulty breathing, which affected his performance. He was unable to put down as much power and struggled to stay with the breakaway.

Q: What could Nate have done differently in the race?

Nate could have been more cautious about expending too much energy early on by not participating in unnecessary attacks. He also could have been more aware of the teams and riders to follow, considering the presence of other strong teams.

Q: How did positioning play a role in Nate's race strategy?

Nate focused on staying in a good position within the peloton, allowing him to respond to attacks and conserve energy. Good positioning helped him, especially during technical sections of the course.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Nate's strategy was to follow the wheel of a pro rider, but he failed to consider other strong teams in the race.

  • Racing against Mike's Bikes, a team with many strong riders, made the race harder for Nate and his team.

  • Nate experienced difficulty breathing due to exercise-induced asthma, which affected his performance.

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