So I need some help.
This last Saturday I participated in a local gravel race (50 miles) about 40 people per class/division.
During the race, I got in a situation which I didn’t know how to manage and ultimately led to my demise.
During the first 30 miles I kept up with the lead pack of 7 riders (me included) and we were working on a pace line with each person taking some pulls out in front. The length of each pull was up to the rider and some seem longer than others.
Around mile 30, when it was my turn to pull, I did my share and perhaps went a bit too far because when I moved to the side to drift down to the back of the train and got behind the last two riders, I noticed that the first 3 riders accelerated and a gap started to form. I quickly realized that they were not going to close the gap and I started to try to close it but because of my pull, I was beat and I couldn’t catch them. I got dropped and rode by myself for a while.
Here is the question. In a race in which you are in a breakway and everyone is taking pulls…
- How do you make sure that you wont be dropped after your pull?
- Is it rude to take mini pulls if you feel like you might be in trouble if they increase the pace?