Saturday, February 28, 2009
Lead Out Drills - BMCT Training Ride
So the plan sounded easy enough . . .
They even mentioned the word "hurt" before it started . . .
This is the story Len had told them ahead of time . . .
One of the most difficult, effective, and misunderstood techniques in cycling is a team lead-out for a sprinter. When done well it’s elegant and has a very high degree of success. It’s almost exclusively the domain of professional teams and seldom seen in Master’s racing because it requires an exceptional degree of team sacrifice. Pro teams are a group of role players who get paid to carry out disgusting jobs, like leading out someone else. Whether pros or amateurs it does create a high degree of camaraderie within a team as it’s a statement of team strength…other teams see it, feel it, and are usually overwhelmed by it. (Len also uses other 'words' when describing this process)
Gotta say the first time looked really fast . . .
The second time didn't look so easy . . .
There was no third time.
The best part of the day was the huddle after when each guy tried to get the next to admit first "it sure felt like race pace", until Randy admitted he "didn't have a heart beat left", you could hear the loud sigh of relief. 4 hours of training and they maintained their humor. Bravo.
don't worry I'm eating a huge meal getting ready for another day of riding tomorrow.