Conquering Peloton Position: Learn Your Way Around the Pack
Learn how to maneuver through the peloton on your own.
move through passing lanes rapidly and frequently. One of the best ways to simulate those demands in training is to start at the back of a group and move up to the front as quickly as possible without ever going to the outside of the pack or taking your hands off your handlebars. If you can consistently move from the back to the front of a big (50-100 riders) training criterium within one lap, you?re doing well.
Knowing how and when to move around the peloton compliments the fitness you?ve developed through training. All the action is at the front, and you can?t take full advantage of your fitness if you?re caught in traffic at the back of the field. If you want to win a sprint or get into the winning breakaway, you have to be in the best place at the right time. Don?t leave it up to blind luck; develop the skills to get where you need to go, and you?ll see a big improvement in your results.
Chris Carmichael is Lance Armstrong?s coach and author of ?Chris Carmichael?s Food For Fitness: Eat Right to Train Right.?