Positioning Yourself In The Peloton
In the fluid motion of the peloton there’s one golden rule: if you’re not moving forwards, you’re moving backwards. This goes for any big bunch ride and especially while racing. One of the most essential skills in bike racing is knowing how hold and gain positions in the feild. Achieving this while using as little energy as possible […]
Melbourne Bunch Etiquette?
I don’t like using this blog as a platform for my rants but I’m having a tough time keeping quiet on this one. If there’s one thing that grates on my nerves it’s riding in a bunch where a few guys don’t understand the etiquette of “rolling turns” and spoil it for everyone else.
Patron Of The Peloton
Patron of the Peloton – My friend Brad coined this term and it’s come up in discussion a few times over the recent weeks. The “patron of the peloton” (POTP) essentially refers to the figurehead of any bunch ride. He’s not necessarily the best rider, but he is the most respected and the unspoken leader. […]
When The Paceline Stalls…
I had an interesting experience on Saturday while racing the Warny. After Feedzone #2 when the peloton split and the hard chase commenced I was rolling turns with all the big hitters of the race. Everyone was driving hard and doing their share of the work nice and smoothly. Then, all of a sudden I […]
Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
I nearly got cleaned up by a car coming around a blind corner last week. This was because our communication got mixed up. My mate yelled “CAR!” as he was half way across the road in an intersection. I’m used to “CLEAR!” being yelled out when it’s safe to cross. “CAR!” sure sounded like “CLEAR!” […]
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 fierce crosswinds and sheets of rain like Melbourne has been getting recently. It was sunny and a bit cold, but as my grandmother always said – “there’s no such thing as cold weather, just inappropriate […]