Spring is one week old and the Fred's have a ruined a few more cycling lives. Its a sad commentary but its the current state of cycling. Any Fred with a new bike and a new kit can roll out at Crit practice and take everyone out. Why, Because you cant look at or tell anyone how to ride a bike anymore. They don't listen , they can not be told anything. The current state of rider is a guy with a Wishbone and not a Backbone. If a JT tells him what to do he rides straight home and cry to his fucking wife. Last night a few more people spent the night in a hospital with tubes coming out of there bodies. Well, I guess that's better than someone getting there feelings hurt. If you dont know how to ride in a pack, you don't belong at CRIT practice. If you are on a TT bike you dont belong at CRIT practice. If you are not reading my blog, you don't belong at CRIT practice !!!!!
1. Overlapping Wheels. When riding in a bunch, the golden rule is DO NOT OVERLAP WHEELS. What is meant by “overlapping wheels” is that you shouldn’t ride behind someone in a position where your front wheel is ahead of his rear wheel. This gives me an excuse to use my mini-peloton to illustrate:
As you can see by the red arrow, Rider X (let’s imagine he races for Total Rush) is overlapping wheels with the Rider Y (he races for O2Networks). When Rider Y suddenly pulls out to dominate the sprint in the SKCC Club Champs this Sunday, RiderX has no where to go, his front wheel will clip RiderY’s rear wheel, and RiderX will likely go down. It’s up to RiderX to be careful of the movements of those ahead of him. If you keep overlapping wheels, it’s a sure way to come down in a bunch.