So I'm in my first year of racing Masters Cat 3/4 (and my first year of racing period) and I'm wondering if anyone has any advice about race pacing?
I have tried a few different things and I find if I go hard on the first lap to set up a position, I don't have a lot left in the tank for the last two laps (of a 6 lap race). Yet if I don't go hard out the gate, it is even hard to work your way up through the pack. On average I am finishing top 20 in a field of 40-60.
I realize pace is highly individualistic and dependant on course conditions and fitness but I'm interested to hear what strategies others use and why.
thanks in advance!