September 1, 2012

Introduction To Cycle Racing

Types Of Road Racing And Track Racing

If like us you have been inspired by Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome and the Sky boys at the Tour de France or Team GB have blown your mind on the road and in the velodrome at the Olympics then you might well be up for your first race. First off, don’t be nervous, although that last sportive you did may not have been a race you could well surprise yourself! The best advice we can give is “have a go” and sooner rather later so read on!

Road Racing

Road Racing is where everyone starts as a group (or bunch or main field or peloton) and literally the first rider across the line at the other end (could be 20 miles up to 180 miles!) is the winner! How simple is that! You may have seen Cav (Mark Cavendish) in the Tour de France sprinting against a huge bunch of riders in the final 200 metres to win the stage – that’s a road race. Simples. Don’t worry you can click on the word road racing or on the tab at the top left for much more info. We want to help you not put you off!

Just to distinguish, Time Trialling is riding on your own against the clock. Riders start one at a time and they ride as fast as they can over a courses of varying distances from 10 miles up to 24 hours! There is one time trial that’s even longer (you had better be sitting down here); some nutcase even holds the record for time trialling from Lands End to John O’Groats!! Each time you go back to a course you can try to beat your ‘PB’ or personal best.

What now?

So if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Cav or Lizzie Armistead click on Cycle Racing.  Don’t worry if you’re a bit nervous, the most important thing is that you just have a go and have fun yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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