Reading the race: Bike racing from inside the peleton

Reading the race: Bike racing from inside the peleton

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With Jamie Smith, With Chris Horner

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  • Publisher: VELOPRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 226mm x 20mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Boulder
  • ISBN 10: 1937715108
  • ISBN 13: 9781937715106
  • Illustrations note: illustrations throughout
  • Sales rank: 85,190

Product description

In Reading the Race, veteran pro bike racer and 2013 Vuelta winner, Chris Horner and race announcer Jamie Smith team up to show cyclists how to win races with race smarts. Armed with strategies and tactics learned over thousands of races, cyclists and cycling fans will learn how to read a race - and how to react. The Tour de France is so difficult to win that for a century it has been tradition for the champion to share the winnings with his teammates. This acknowledgment of the value of team strategy and tactics is commonplace at the top level of cycling, where the sport is all about teamwork. Yet every amateur cyclist who lines up at the start of the weekend criterium thinks he's in it to win it. By drawing up clever race plans, forming ad hoc teams, and reading the race accurately these riders can transform themselves from loose cannons to podium contenders. Even better-organised amateur teams have a lot to overcome. The spectrum of fitness and motivation on a Cat-III cycling team is gaping wide. Horner and Smith show how even the most mismatched team can employ strategies and race smarts to better their chances of finishing in the prize money. For team captains who dream of the podium, to the teammates who make it happen, to bike racing fans who have no dream of racing, Reading the Race offers a veteran's eye view of how the race can be won.

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Chris Horner is a professional bike racer and veteran among the peloton. His popular Tour de France video diaries on VeloNews.com revealed Horner's uncanny photographic memory for every moment of a race and built his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport. A three-time national racing calendar champion, winner of the 2013 Vuelta a Espana, Tour de Langkawi, the Tour de Georgia, the Tour of the Basque Country, and the Tour of California, Horner led the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad where his veteran counsel and unflappable temper made him the go-to guy for tactics, race smarts, and planning. When he's not on his bike or out in front of the race announcing, Jamie Smith is a cycling evangelist. His first book Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer celebrates the eccentric, monkish life that the roadie embraces.

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Horner's anecdotes make "Reading the Race" a worthwhile read for those whose primary interest is the European pro peloton, but really the book isn't aimed at the armchair rider, it's a practical manual for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade. Podium Cafe The descriptions of specific group tactics, such as pacelines, echelon riding and the like, are clearly illustrated and annotated. If you have any doubts as to how any are to be implemented in real life, these leave no doubt as to how each ought to be successfuly accomplished. The Washing Machine Post In the "Reading the Race", [Horner and Smith have] outlined the key mechanics of reading a race and more importantly, how to win. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up for a sprint, it s all there. Road Bike Review"

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Bike racing is called a rolling chess game for a reason. Sure, a high pain threshold and a killer VO2max are helpful. But if you're in it to win it, you need race smarts. YOU NEED READING THE RACE. Jamie Smith and Chris Horner team up to deliver a master class in strategies and tactics. From the basics of cornering, climbing, and descending to the subtle art of finding the fast line through the final corner, "Reading the Race" will elevate your cycling IQ. Setting up a slingshot attack, blocking from the front, managing a lapped field, gapping a wheelsucker out of a breakaway, assembling a winning team--every page reveals new secrets to moving forward in the peloton and putting time into your rivals. Whether you're a new racer, an aspiring pro, a team manager, or even a roadside fan, you'll find new insight and the keys to victory in "Reading the Race." Thirty years of criterium racing have given race announcer and coach Jamie Smith a rare ability to see, describe, and critique the tactics in the American peloton. This book is his way of paying it back. Three-time NRC champion and Vuelta winner Chris Horner began his dominating pro career in 1995. His photographic memory has cemented his reputation as one of the smartest road captains in the sport.