Road Bicycle Racing - Beware man's greatest adversary: gravel (Full Front View) (Trainer/Rollers). Mount Joy Road Race, Cat 4
Location: Mt Joy, Md.
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Q: What kind of bike do you have?
A: 2011 Pinarello FP Quattro, and those are Shimano Ultegra shifters.
Q: What camera/software do you use to make these videos?
A: Gopro 2 camera, Garmin 500 to collect data, and software called Dashware to put it together.
Q: Any advice for new cyclists to get into racing?
A: To start racing, begin by just riding on your own. Start with the basics. Get used to controlling your bike. You may need practice using drop handlebars on a road bike, switching gears, braking, proper fit on the bike, descending, cornering, climbing (learn not to fear hills and mountains), sprinting, practicing intervals, base training, putting on more miles or kilometers than you’re used to each week, motivating yourself, eating healthy, staying hydrated every day, losing weight, and basic bike maintenance. Before you win your local criterium or win the State Championship, you’ll have to study up on and practice these things. Ignoring these things may result in you being in a top 10 worst crashes video on Youtube.
Even if you’re a fast rider already, bicycle racing is not always won by the strongest. Once you have the basics down, you need to join up with some local group rides. Learn the etiquette of riding in a group. Learn how to ride in an echelon. Learn how to avoid overlapping your front wheel. Learn how to draft. Get comfortable riding in close proximity to other riders, maybe even the accidental bump every once and awhile. Learn how to hold your line going through a corner in a pack. Look into joining a team that supports new riders. Ask for advice. Take constructive criticism from riders you trust.
When you sign up for your first race, don’t panic. It’s no big deal. No one cares if you get dropped or lap the field. Cat 5 is for learning. Practice riding smooth and drafting other riders. Look out for riders who are unpredictable or unsteady and either get in front of them or far away.
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