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How to prevent drafting?

In road racing there are lots of way to try and gain an advantage (or not to give others an advantage). Because this is a friendly race, I will break it down into friendly, indifferent and hostile ...
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Why are puncture-resistant tires not used in professional races?

To a racer, rolling resistance and handling top the list; durability is far down the list. The coefficient of rolling resistance (Crr) for a racing tire on typical French or Italian roads used during ...
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Do I stand any chance in a race?

Answer: reset your expectations and give it a go. The first race I entered, my only goal was to finish. Second time I did it, the goal was to pace better and finish with a better time than my first ...
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Why do racers follow the leader in a curve rather than take the shortest path?

I have trouble imagining that the benefit of drafting is so high it outweighs the advantage of cutting it short and continuing straight. Believe it. Drafting can reduce the power needed to maintain ...
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Which is faster, going all out then burning out, or steady pace all along?

I don't have the time to give a full answer at the moment, but I'll upvote a full answer and delete mine. The short incomplete answer is that you're better off pacing yourself relatively evenly. The ...
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Why do racers follow the leader in a curve rather than take the shortest path?

The 'leader' creates this path because they don't want other people drafting them. They want to either break the draft and create a gap (probably to attack) OR have others come around them and take ...
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How to prevent drafting?

Let the co-worker pass and then draft behind them. It becomes a game of chicken to see who goes first. This is partially why road racing at the professional level is usually done in teams. The team ...
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Why are puncture-resistant tires not used in professional races?

Puncture resistant tires are heavier relative to non-puncture resistant tires. They also have sloppier handling/less control/higher rolling resistance, and are typically harder to change (though ...
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How can I reach upto Olympic level competitions?

There's no way we can answer this question for you. The people who reach elite-level competition in cycling have extraordinary natural gifts, dedicate enormous time and effort to training (20+ hours ...
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Why does the Tour de France have a minimum weight limit on the bicycles?

The 6.8 kg limit is due to UCI regulation 1.3.019, which you can find here, and thus applies to all races sanctioned by the UCI. It was originally instituted in 2000 in order to ensure that ...
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Which is faster, going all out then burning out, or steady pace all along?

There is an article on Runners World that asked somewhat the same question, do you start fast or do an even pace? The general conclusion is that elite runners tend to start faster than their eventual ...
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Why are puncture-resistant tires not used in professional races?

If you have set of identical riders, and one rider puts a slower tyre on, they will lose if no-one gets a puncture (let's simplify and assume a time trial so we can ignore effects of the peloton). ...
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How come pairs are slower than solo riders at the Transcontinental Race?

I expect that the three main contributors are: The solo riders are just stronger. There's more glory in the solo win so, if you are strong enough to, say, come in the top five on your own, it's ...
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Why the backwards fork?

As already said in the title of the Wikipedia page, these bikes are intended for motorpaced racing on track. The backwards fork allows the rider to stay closer to the derny motorcycle for more ...
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Why do racers follow the leader in a curve rather than take the shortest path?

The shortest path isn't all that much shorter. Your original calculation of 57% more distance in the curve assumes that the lead rider does semicircle loops, actually moving perpendicular to the road ...
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Is it allowed to push a bicycle during a race?

There are many bicycle racing disciplines. In cyclocross you often carry the bicycle in steep slopes. There are even obstacles like stairs designed to make riding impossible. And planks that can be ...
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Do I stand any chance in a race?

I doubt it - at the moment - but we don't know how trained you are, and proper training will work wonders. This is likely to mean finding either a club or a coach. If your goal is to race, you really ...
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How can I reach upto Olympic level competitions?

It is mostly too late indeed, unless you are already a world class or at least national-level athlete in a different sport - like Primož Roglič who was a ski jumper. Human bodies need the right level ...
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Why are endurance bikes so bulky or wide nowadays?

Second moment of area increases with distance to the power of 4. This means a tube with a wide diameter and thin walls is much stronger against bending or torsion than a narrow tube with thick walls ...
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How are the categories for climbs decided?

I prefer the cycling lore that it was decided by which gear of a Citroen 2CV you needed to be in to drive up the hill/mountain. For HC climbs you had to go up them in reverse. Scientific? Not so much....
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Road Bikes: Aero vs. Traditional

GC leaders are generally not out in the wind by themselves or taking many pulls on the front. They often put time on the field on climbs and in individual events like TT (which use bikes focused on ...
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Tour de Trump/Tour DuPont routes?

Are you still looking for stage maps? I have the Tour DuPont program books from 1993, 1995 & 1996. They include a map and a profile of each stage. Also have Lance Armstrong's signature in the ...
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Win TdF without winning any stages?

Yes it has in fact happened several times, the most recent ones being 2017 (Chris Froome), 2006 (Óscar Pereiro after Floyd Landis was disqualified) and 1990 (Greg LeMond). Before that, the TdF was ...
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Touring vs race bike

Don't buy a €3K first bike! Instead, split your budget and get one for <1K. There are plenty of good advice here already (my vote goes to randonneur-type bike), and each of the suggested types can ...
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Jan Ullrich's TT bike in la Vuelta 1999: why the bigger rear wheel?

The rear wheel is normal size (700), the front wheel is smaller (650). It was for aerodynamic reasons. By lowering the torso of the rider, the frontal surface of the rider became smaller. The ...
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Disc brake equipped time trial bikes in grand tour

The main reason is the 2020 Specialized Shiv provided by their sponsor is only produced in a disc version. You can see an article about the bike here: https://www.bikeradar.com/news/specialized-...
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Why are endurance bikes so bulky or wide nowadays?

I disagree that Endurance bikes look "huge". Taking your example of Canyon, the current model of the endurance has very slender tubes by modern standards. However there are a number of ...
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Minimize puncture risk during race. Should I change the tyres?

Those small cuts in the rubber tread are normal and you get them quickly after a few kilometers. I just regularly make sure that no objects are embedded in the tyre since they can dig deeper over time....
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Is there a difference between truing a bike wheel and balancing it?

balancing a wheel: making sure there's some weight symmetry trueing a wheel: making sure that the geometry of the wheel described a (near) perfect circle. This includes the radial and lateral ...
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Why is track cycling done counter-clockwise?

The UK National Cycling Centre FAQ (PDF) says: Why do the riders go anti clockwise? The Chariots in Roman times raced this way round, and athletic races and most other sports have followed in the ...
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