Andrew doesn't want me to be to hard on dudes who chase their own team-mates down at training races. He correctly points out that it is just a training race and sitting in is stupid.
But not all efforts are created equal.
If, for example, you want to sow your wild oats but have a team mate up the road that is going away you can engage in such crazy unheard of actions as:
1) bridge across
2) wait for the break to be established then start riding again.
It's really not rocket science.
Letting the break get a good gap and then jumping to a 3 bike length gap which you then hold until the field has pulled back the break is ***STUPID**. There is no situation in which this is tactically smart.
Andrew uses himself as an example. Andrew! You are actually strong. You are making a hasty generalization based on your own skillz and fitness.
Maybe I'd be less judgemental if these rider rode hard consistently. But the rider who sits like a carrot invariable *only* does it when he has a team mate up the road.
IJM had a rider in the winning move and one of their dudes launched. He got about half way across. I had no problem with that. Once he stopped gaining ground he subtley sat up to let the field catch him. Just enough that the field wouldn't start chasing him.
That's smart; that's a hard work out.