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Hi there,

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!

Graham

Tags: pace, pacing, race, racing

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As Eddy Merckx said when someone asked him how to ride a time trial:

"At the beginning, go as fast as possible to get a good start. Then at the end, other riders will give up so you must go as fast as possible to put time into them."

"And what about the middle?"

"In the middle of the race, go as fast as possible."

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