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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:53 am    Post subject: Your sportive tips please Reply with quote

I'm doing my first one soon and am a bit worried about what to expect and or doing something wrong.

Any and all tips greatfully received.


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

are you taking the p*ss?

ride your bike, avoid the dentists.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Main thing is to be self sufficient with your navigation, don't assume that those in front of you are going the right way. If the arrows or signage are small it can be easy to miss a turn so worth just taking a few extra seconds at junctions to ensure you are still on track. Last couple I have done I have ridden with a mate and it's Quite good fun 2-upping and taking turns on the front and avoiding some of the bigger groups that form.

But pretty much what prawn says. Ride your bike and have fun.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

theprawn wrote:
are you taking the p*ss?

ride your bike, avoid the dentists.


You know me mate. I never take the piss. Blank Stare


Seriously, I have never ridden in any sort of group before. Ever.

I want to enjoy my first time, and avoiding p*ssing fellow riders off will add to my enjoyment.

Cheers for the navigation tip, although it's local I've not ridden the route before.

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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

find a competent looking bunch and stick right behind them. contribute nothing to the pace but be willing to drop them and tag onto a faster group if overtaken. When you stop at aid stations say nothing to your group beyond 'this is a breeze, isn't it'.

When you see the finish, sprint like mad
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

only done one so far, and ended up completely on my own for the whole thing. I know some baulk at the idea of paying to do a bike ride you could do on your own, but to be honest I have no idea of routes and where are the best places to go, so an organised route marked event in some cases is quite nice.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dont get caught up with the ones who think its a race.its not also dont follow the idiots that go through red traffic lights ,enjoy it and the scenery o and dont forget to eat.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Seriously, I have never ridden in any sort of group before. Ever.


Then you're not going to learn on a sportive...

You're pretty local to me right? Maybe we should bring back the Surrey TT rides, the art of riding in a group has really started to be lost with the explosion in dentists, and strong testosterone fueled desperate to prove their manliness...
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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2 scheds wrote:
Seriously, I have never ridden in any sort of group before. Ever.


Then you're not going to learn on a sportive...

You're pretty local to me right? Maybe we should bring back the Surrey TT rides, the art of riding in a group has really started to be lost with the explosion in dentists, and strong testosterone fueled desperate to prove their manliness...


Hey Jim, depends on what you mean by "local" - I'm down in Thanet, East Kent - more local than Cornwall ( Wink ), but we're still not close enough to plan a quick ride I'm afraid...
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hey Jim, depends on what you mean by "local" - I'm down in Thanet, East Kent - more local than Cornwall ( Wink ), but we're still not close enough to plan a quick ride I'm afraid...


Ah, I thought you were more west kent... way...

I still don't think Sportives are a place to learn about group riding...
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was in hearne bay yesterday, it was really quite nice...

here's the information you're looking for...

http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/article/technique-how-to-ride-in-a-group-26406/

some more here with hand signals...

http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/article/technique-group-support--21250/

left arm across the back means move out to the right (wasn't on there).

also, knowing how fast you are, i'm sure you'll happily be in the top few percent of riders speedwise. get yourself up there.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Prawny - that's just the sort of thing I was after.

Cool

I'll try and get up with one of the front groups at the start if I can, if I miss them or can't hang on then I'll link up with the next lot to come by.


Hope we get a nice (non-Giro) weather fo it; "ol scaffold" doesn't like being ridden in the wet so much (it's her age you know, wrong side of 25 and all that - sssssh, don't tell her I told you).
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

None of those things ever seem to mention the biggest problem outside of safety that most people riding in a chaingang or the more usual single/double paceline that is actually done get wrong.

Which is pacing undulations/junctions, in a group you have to ride the exact opposite of how you ride on your own through rolling sections - hard on the descents, easy on the accents. And how slowly you have to accelerate out of corners.

And I'm always surprised with the obsession about "pulling off after doing your turn", on UK roads this is just about never sane - let the riders behind come smoothly to the front around you. There isn't enough room to pull off, particularly with a double paceline, which is probably the best way to ride for any group of 8 or more.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jibberjim wrote:

And I'm always surprised with the obsession about "pulling off after doing your turn", on UK roads this is just about never sane - let the riders behind come smoothly to the front around you. There isn't enough room to pull off, particularly with a double paceline, which is probably the best way to ride for any group of 8 or more.


good point that, you do just tend to find if you ease off a little, and i mean a little, someone will take up the front by overtaking you and then you can slot in again at the back.

there aren't any hills in thanet.
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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2013 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what one is it by the way?
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