It was a cold, windy but dry day at Torquay’s purpose built Velo Park when 28 riders took part in Epic Coaching’s first Road Racing Skills to Win Course.
Aimed at people wanting to learn the art of bunch racing the day was built around a progression of tips, tactics and ways of thinking that when put into practice will always make the difference between winning and losing. No matter how strong you are, in road racing, if you don’t have the skills you are not going to win.
Epic Coaching’s approach to cycling is to get the fundamentals right. All our coaches have been brought up to race hard, fast and clever. A major influence on all of us has been ex National Pro Champion and Tour De France finisher in the 60’s, Colin Lewis.
For the Racing Skills to Win course, this translates into breaking the anatomy of a road race down to its constant parts. If we assume that not everyone is going to win a bunch sprint like Cav, then the goal in most races is to be in the winning break…. and win from that. Simple!
The day started in the classroom, running through the theory… To win you need to be able to be aware of the wind and hide from it, move through the bunch, know how to and where to launch an attack, ride in a small group and set yourself up for the win.
Out on the Velo Park the riders were taken through the lessons one by one. The wind on the day made group riding as realistic as we could have hoped for and one of the most fun exercises was getting used to touching the rider next to you, just the sort of thing that might happen in a fast moving bunch. As the day progressed we rode in formation in small groups and learnt to attack from the bunch. The last exercise put it all together and what started out as controlled group attacks ended up in a mini race. Great fun and tired legs were had by all. In total we rode for just over 3 hours and covered about 54 miles.
The coaches on the day were: Mark Dolan, Andy parker, Peter Georgi and special guest, Tom Baylis, professional cyclist with One Pro Cycling.