Known for its diverse features, Road Race is a popular sport for any age or level of running ability. It can be a point-to-point race or multiple circuits of a loop anywhere from 5 to 25 miles in length.
The key to success in Road Race is energy conservation and good pack-riding skills. Riders should stay sheltered behind the peloton until the decisive moment when an attack breaks away.
Flat or rolling road races are deceptively challenging events and require top-end endurance, as well as the ability to explosively initiate repeated anaerobic attacks, chase down breakaways with sustained hard efforts, and accelerate up short climbs at high percentages of VO2 max power. The Rolling Road Race plan addresses all of these top-end abilities over 8 weeks, delivering you to your target race in peak form.
Time trials are a type of racing in which riders start one at a time, usually 30 seconds apart, and drafting is prohibited. Typically, these are 10K or less races on closed courses.
Criteriums – A “Crit” for short is a timed mass start race that is typically around a closed city block or parking lot, and can be as short as 25-30 minutes in duration. They are a great way for a junior to get involved in the road racing scene!
It is very important to eat and drink frequently throughout a road race, as you will be burning more energy than normal. Fuel your body with easily digested carbs (such as gels or easy-to-digest snacks), and consume water throughout the ride. This is especially crucial early in the race when you aren’t able to consume as much energy as you would later in the race, since your body can only store enough glycogen for about an hour of racing.
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