By Coach Arnie Baker, M.D.
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The strongest does not always win.
Just like it is not automatic that the person with the highest salary ends up with the most money. It is how you use your abilities. How
and when you conserve your energy. How and when you spend your reserves.
Strategy and tactics are about doing more with less as well as doing more with more. Allowing what you have to show through. Not being frustrated. Getting the results, or better results, than your fitness alone deserves.
The book is divided into six parts.
Part 1 deals with the concept of energy: Saving your own energy and using up the energy of rivals. How well you do has to do with how much energy you have and need relative to your rivals.
Part 2 discusses racing psychology and style. How to read the energy levels of your rivals, how riders bluff (misrepresent their energy levels), and how to benefit from this information.
Part 3 is all about the important specific tactics of attacking and blocking, the building blocks of most race strategies. Part 3 also provides detailed information about establishing and working in breakaways.
Part 4 elaborates on how teams function well, both theoretically and tactically in races.
Part 5 is about tactics and strategies for intermediate sprints (primes) and finishes.
Part 6 deals with the special tactics of time trialing and stage races.