Tactical Coaching

In an interview with VeloNews Tim Johnson, a respected US pro racer, talked about the fact that racing isn’t just about being fit. If it was then we’d just race time trials and hill climbs. There’s a reason why we have mass start races – it introduces the idea of tactics into bike racing. Suddenly it’s not about your FTP or your max 5 min power or your watts/kilogram ratio. That stuff helps, of course. On the other hand I’m sure you know of racers that have really good numbers yet may not get appropriate results. You may be one of them. Physical fitness constitutes just one aspect of mass bicycle racing. It’s critical in time trials, in any climbing situation, and in events that last longer than a rider’s endurance. However, once a rider has enough endurance to finish a mass start race then suddenly a number of other factors enters into the equation. As a not-so-gifted racer I’ve had to overcome a low FTP when racing. My FTP hovers in the 210-220w range. My weight typically sits between 75 and 80 kg. This ratio precludes me from climbing with the climbers, and the low wattage makes me a poor time trialer. On the other hand, with my weight down to about 72 kg, I managed to earn enough points to upgrade to Cat 2. Not only could I do well in races, I could even make moves during the races. I can help you make a monumental leap in your bike racing by teaching you some of the basics of racing. The coaching comes in two flavors,...