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Elimination race tactics

I saw a bit of the Omnium racing televised this week, and while most of the events are straightforward, the Elimination race seems to require far deeper tactics than the others. This may be just ...
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What skills must cyclists master to succeed at racing?

In addition to power, stamina, endurance, what skills must you master to succeed in professional cycling?
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Why do track cyclers start slow?

I was watching the Olympics today and happened to catch track cycling (sprint). I understand that they have fixed gear bikes which is a reason they start slow, however, I did not understand why they ...
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Change-over rules for women's team sprint

I have just been watching the women's team sprint finals, and sawsaw China lose the final race due to a rule infringement. Earlier the Great British team were disqualified for the same reason. There ...
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What bikes will be used by the competitors in the Mountain Bike Olympics?

I'm just curious to know what bike models and setups will be used by the competitors? Is there any data out there on the web?
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How do you estimate the speed of Tour de France riders on tv?

I was watching Tour de France with my father (who is a cat 3 racer), and he claimed to be able to estimate how fast the riders were going by observing the cyclist on the screen. I didn't believe him ...
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Were there always teams in road racing?

Did bicycle road racing always have teams? Were the early road races competed by individuals who were racing for themselves? At what point was it realized that having a team would confer huge ...
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In road racing, what are “rolling attacks”?

Rider_X referred to rolling attacks in an answer to this question. What are they?
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What is guttering the peloton

Rider_X refers to "guttering the Peleton" in his answer to this question. What is "Guttering the peloton"?
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Why is it easier to follow a cyclist up-hill

Watching the Tour de France on TV I notice that the riders like to ride close behind other riders when going up a steep hill. I understand that rider can benefit from a slipstream on the flat ...
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Do brakes provide full power when used from the hoods?

I have been riding mountain bikes for over 20 years and am just going back to a road bike. I find the modern bars and hoods and combined levers a very strange position. I have actually loosened them ...
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List of UK hill climbs

Can anyone provide a brief list of some graded climbs in England, Scotland and Wales, please? I tackled a few hills some 30 years ago (as a tourist), which I thought were quite tough - would they be a ...
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Why don't Tour de France riders always ride their TT bikes?

When the tour riders are doing time trials, they ride their super aerodynamic, aggressively positioned bikes for maximum efficiency. However, on normal stages, there are many cyclists who could also ...
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UK Category 4 Road Racing

I am seriously considering road racing, I am wondering what level of fitness I should get myself to before considering entering races. I intend to do TT races next year anyhow, but I was wondering ...
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Learning more about racing

I don't race and never will race. However, I am very interested in learning more about it. I read a number of cycling magazines, and I read about so many different racing terms, strategy etc. but they ...
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What are the “monument” races?

I heard recently that Simon Gerrans of the new Green Edge cycling team had won one of the monuments. What are these races?
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Competing against a 10 Speed Bike with 7 Speed bike?

I have been cycling for almost about 9 years now. I believe, I have worked myself up to become quite a efficient cyclist. Still, I never felt the need to upgrade my gears to 10 speed, except in races. ...
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Crosswind effect on an aerodynamic front wheel vs a rear wheel

I am looking to purchase a new wheelset in the not too distant future and am debating between wheels that are 58mm and 85mm deep. Or, and this is the part I'm curious about, a hybrid of the two. (58 ...
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Why aren't Tour de France riders going any faster?

I was having a look at the average speeds of the winner of the Tour de France over the years on this page. To help things along I put the data into LibreOffice and produced a plot: I put on the ...
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Looking for a first race worthy road bike - What should I look for?

I am a runner and have been getting into biking just to add some additional flavor to my workout schedule and racing. I am wondering what I should look for when purchasing a new road bike. Is the ...
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Why do racing cyclists wobble when furiously pedalling?

In all pro-cycling races, they start wobbling towards the finish line instead of biking steadily (e.g., in this video: http://youtu.be/wJE69beIIoI). Why do they do that? Note: I have no experience ...
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Why can't Yellow Jersey change hands on last day of Tour De France?

I've often read / seen on TV that the race is won by the end of the penultimate day. For example, this article in the Guardian describes this year's (2011) eventual winner as the champion elect in an ...
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Why are there no team breakaways in road racing?

I've watched the Tour de France for the last few years, and I'm beginning to think I understand the basics of the tactics and strategy. But one question has just struck me: Why don't team breakaways ...
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What kind of bicycles do they ride in the Tour de France?

I've been looking at a lot of the coverage of the Tour de France. All of the attention is on the cyclists, and no attention whatsoever on the cycles. Even in photographs or videos, they are so far ...
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What causes the noise that race wheels make when you are not pedaling?

A friend just got a new tri bike with Zipp wheels and they are loud when she is coasting. What causes that?
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What is considered the maximum safe downhill speed on a road bike?

I've heard between 30-40mph, but I am pretty sure I have hit 45 and felt safe and in solid control of my bike. If you look down and see you are above XXmph, you decide it is time to put on the ...
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BMX racing with a full size MTB?

There is a local BMX track in a suburb of the town I live in. I had called there before asking about scheduling and rules and whatnot. I found out, that (at least on that track), they had a special ...
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BMX: Training routine for a beginner?

At the ripe old age of 20, I finally moved to an area with a BMX track, so this summer I'm finally going to be able to follow my life-long dream of racing. Other than spending a lot of time riding ...
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Amateur Bicycle Racing outside of the US

I'm interested in taking a trip to Europe (although perhaps this question can apply to other areas of the world) and do some bike racing at a really amateur level like the equivalent of Cat 4 or Cat 3 ...
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What should I look for in a cycling undershirt for warm weather?

Road season is about to start here and I think that it is time I stopped using my cotton singlets as an undershirt and start using something more specific for cycling (and racing in particular). What ...
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Getting started in racing

What should I know before I start entering races? I've been cycling for one year now after an injury ended my running career so I'm still pretty much a beginner. I'd like to try my hand at racing but ...
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Training on a bike path

Is there a liability to using the path for pedestrians and bikers while training on a racing bike - in Florida? Can I use the path, too?
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What is a kermesse race?

I heard about a local club holding a kermesse race, and I was wondering what exactly they were?
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How are the racing categories in the US decided?

I have heard mention before of racing cyclists in the US being, say, a Category 2 racer. What are these categories and how are they decided?
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Do Pros use compact cranksets?

Do pro riders use compact cranksets for hilly races? I'm trying to determine if switching to a compact double will mean I don't have the top end speed to be competitive in higher levels of racing (I'm ...
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Needed training time or speed for each category of racer

What type of training time or average speeds are needed to qualify for each category of racer? I realize that it can varry based on a hilly or flat route so lets assume a time trial of 40km that's ...
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What pedals should I upgrade to for racing on the road and possibly track?

I currently have SPD pedals on all of my bikes. I've stuck with them so far as they worked relatively well and I couldn't justify having two types of shoes. I can justify two types of shoes now. ...
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How are the categories for climbs decided?

In cycle racing, there are five grades or categories for climbs - Category 4, 3, 2, 1 & Hors (Above Category or HC). How do they decide what is category 1 and what makes it so hard it is a HC?
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What are the 'easiest' ways to determine functional threshold power?

I recently picked up a powertap and have done a fair bit of riding around and a few races now with it on, so I've started to get familiar with some of the numbers. I would like to figure out what my ...
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Which mountain bike pedal is most suitable for racing?

Which kind of mountain bike pedal is most suitable for racing? It needs to be pretty light, but also durable to be able to resist a tough race.
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What type of brakes are best for mountain bike racing?

Disc brakes are more expensive than v-brakes, but in a heavy rain they will break down. V-Brakes are becoming harder to find, but they're much easier to maintain and don't break down as easily. What ...
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Which country has the cheapest top-end mountain bikes?

I'm living in Brazil where top-end mountain bikes are very expensive, due to high import tariffs. I'd like to know which country has the cheapest top-end mountain bikes? top-end would mean a bike ...