Question: I want to race this season but I don't want to come in last. I can ride 19 mph for hours and can cover 21 miles in an hour at an all-out pace. Is this fast enough to hang with the main pack, or should I even bother? -- Robert P. … [Read more...] about Am I a Fast Enough Cyclist to Race?
Question: I recently upgraded racing categories, and now my races start in the afternoon. I know I should eat my last meal 3 hours beforehand, but what should I do for the other hours in the morning? How about a short morning ride to loosen up before warming up for the race in the afternoon? -- Chris S. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Congratulations on your upgrade! I used to … [Read more...] about What’s the Right Race-Day Schedule?
Question: I'm 32 years old and began racing four months ago. During the last four weeks, I've competed seven times in criteriums and road races. Now my legs are dead and I have a big race in three weeks. How can I "freshen up" for this event? -- Allan K. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: It's not unusual to have dead legs and declining performances late in the season. And … [Read more...] about How Can I Revive My Legs for a Big Event?
Question: How should I warm up for a time trial on a rainy day? I don't want to get my trainer drenched, so in the past I've waited until 20 minutes before the start, gritted my teeth and ridden some short, hard efforts. That hasn't worked very well. What's the best way? -- Bill S. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: The standard approach on a rainy day is to use a trainer under a … [Read more...] about How Should I Warm Up in the Rain for an Event?
Question: I've been riding centuries and double centuries for several years. Now I'd like to do some racing. I appreciate the danger to myself and others that I'd pose as a beginner. How do I learn to race safely? Do I need to join a club? -- Sean O. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: There are 2 factors to consider if you want to start racing. The first is whether you have the … [Read more...] about Do I Have the Skills to Race?