You Should Know
How to stick in the bunch when it’s too fast for you. Plus, Bicycling staffers recall their first or most memorable bikes.
“Learn the art of loafing!” says contributing writer Selene Yeager. “When trying to hang with stronger riders, minimise workload. If you take a pull at the front, keep it to a 400m stretch.” Remind yourself that it won’t last forever, says deputy editor Jonathan Ancer. “I know that even on a bad day there will be some ‘up’ time, so i just grit my teeth and wait for that to kick in.” On climbs, start in the front and slowly drift back, says contributing writer Joe Lindsey. “You’ll give up less ground starting from a higher position.” “Conserve as much energy as you can by sitting in the bunch,” says online editor Aaron Borrill. “but don’t be afraid to do a turn (at the front) – roll through, but soft- pedal instead of surging.” Associate Editor André Valentine says you should set mini- goals. “Tell yourself you’re only holding on until the next corner, then the next traffic light, and so on. Before you know it, you’ve held on for the entire ride!”