The guiding principle is that a result for any team member is as good as a result for yourself, in the same way that scoring a touchdown is an accomplishment for everyone on a football team. As such, a discerning team director builds a roster based on performances, not just results.
Recently, in the season opener at the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium in Florida, my teammates and I recognized that we were the strongest team in the race and could strategize not only to win but also to control the race's outcome.
joined a trio that built a sizable gap, the rest of my teammates including our designated sprinter worked to smother attempts by others to bridge or ride up to the breakaway. And when the trio lapped the field, we were there to usher Ben up to the front and then lead him into the finish for the win.
What changes at the higher levels of the sport is the way a team with many riders races for a single purpose. Even if there's no plan or designated favorite, we ride with the team result in mind. Each member of the team can rely on others to do the same. In cycling, teammates split the prize money evenly.
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Now, had I been riding by myself, my race would've looked very different. Knowing my limitations, I would've held back and followed only the most promising moves or attacked at the best moments. There'd always be a risk that I might miss an important break, but with a finite amount of energy I'd have to accept that all I could do is gamble on a couple of scenarios and hope for the best.
Cycling Is a Team Sport
Clubs and teams exist at all levels of cycling. From novice to pro, members of a team share resources and knowledge, on and off the bike. In a race, a teammate is an ally. He or she might help you by making room for you in a tight Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Breathe Plus Qs
From the gun we took turns monitoring the front of the race, ensuring that no serious contenders ever distanced themselves from the pack without at least one of us in the move. When my teammate Ben Zawacki Air Max 90 Womens All Black
afford to ride a little more aggressively and cover more moves. In this way, racing as a team isn't just a matter of side by side coordination but of sharing the workload throughout the entire race. At times, teammates work together even when they're nowhere close to one another on the course.
This week's Redlands Bicycle Classic stage race in California has drawn a strong field deep with talent and multiple professional squads showcasing their best riders. As always, my teammates and I will work for the team's benefit. But given the competition, each of us will have to ride a bit more conservatively.
pack or by breaking the wind if you need to move to the front of a group.
A good teammate won't race against you by chasing you down if you're up the road, or by lifting the pace when you're already at your limit.
In the same way that an unattached rider with no teammates Nike Air Max 90 Ice Blue might hold back and race opportunistically, a team will alter its strategy based on the quality of the field and the presence of other strong teams. The better the competition, the less a single team can expect to cover every scenario.
As we approached the final corner, I was at the very front of the race and pedaling all out. But even then, my final placing at the finish line wasn't a concern. Ben's result was my result.
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