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Here are my steps to mental recovery after a crash: learn as much as you can about the crash stop thinking about it introduce (or re-introduce) the fun factor into your rides done Do not bother yourself with how much the transition from 3 to 4 will take. Thinking about it will make it longer. When you reach 4 you'll find yourself stronger, more confident ...


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Crits are scary as hell. Road racing in general is scary, but crits are the scariest of the scary. I've seen some gnarly crashes and both as a racer and a spectator, and you've experienced one yourself, so kudos for wanting to get back on the saddle. Do a postmortem: Sometimes crashes happen so fast that it seems like one moment everything is fine and then ...


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This seems like a question of how to get you mojo back. As eloquently put by andy256, some never get over being spooked. I know the feeling well. Even a near misses can spook. I can't tell you how frightened I was years back lining back up to restart a race, after seeing a number of people I trained with being carried away on a stretchers (the course ...


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Wear something like this: The MET Parachute is similar to the the Giro switchblade, which used to be the most popular helmet on the market in Western Canada for MTB, because it was a full face helmet that weighted as much as an open face helmet. The switchblade saved my face when I smashed in into the sidewalk after slipping off the top of a highway divider ...


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One drill that might be useful is to find a small hill with a relatively safe open view corner that you are currently braking while descending. Do repeats on descending the hill, each time braking later and later. Ideally this will be a turn that confident riders can descend w/o braking. Almost every team/club has a test turn somewhere that is part of ...


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Some people never do. In races, people push to the limit, and sometimes past it. And people make mistakes. So there will always be crashes. It's part of race craft to learn to read the corners and your competitors, to know when to make sure you are ahead or inside the risky riders. At this early stage of your career many of the riders you are riding ...


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Wheels are an easy upgrade to make as you can put them on your bike immediately with little mechanical hassle. There are many factors related to a wheel's performance, but the one that makes the greatest difference to energy/power demand, speed and accelerations is aerodynamics. Hence why one of the most popular upgrades is to wheels with better aerodynamic ...


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You win non-TT bike races by being able to accelerate just that little bit much more than your competition. 99.9% of the time you are riding exactly the same speed as everyone else, what makes the difference between winning and losing is your ability to accelerate just a bit better than your competitors. Humans are very low power engines. Since F = MA, one ...


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[My knowledge is not racing-specific, but as they say, any time two bicycles are moving in the same direction, it’s a race.] Hand-built wheels will tend to be stronger and more reliable than machine-built wheels. That is only very loosely true, but the way it was explained to me by an experienced wheelbuilder in a large local shop was that ...


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Wheels and tires are the interface between the bike and the road; and are the parts that takes the most stress (wear and tear) along with the bottom bracket. (IMO) lighter wheels will reduce the rotation mass (rotation inertia); you will need less energy to make the wheel turn. higher quality bearings in the hub will reduce friction. better aerodynamics in ...



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