Cyclocross Magazine

Cyclocross Community, Forums, Classifieds, Photos and Videos

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!


Tags: pace, pacing, race, racing

Views: 1415

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

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."


Sold something in our classifieds? Find this site valuable?

Consider a donation to the cause. We're cheaper than eBay fees, and it helps us here at CXM keep the lights on!

Enter any amount below, and click on the cow for some good karma. Thanks!




Blog Posts

Wanted: Shimano CX75 32 hole hubs

Posted by Lyndon Luhmann on November 10, 2015 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

Easton CX Wheels for Sale

Posted by Jim Rocheleau on August 26, 2015 at 12:47pm 0 Comments

Major Tom Tubular

Posted by Sean Taylor on August 18, 2015 at 3:40pm 0 Comments

Mansfield Hollow Cyclocross

Posted by Ron Manizza on August 16, 2015 at 5:40pm 0 Comments

© 2016   Created by Cyclocross Magazine.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service