those aren't racing tactics, but ....
So The Facingbook is all a lit with stories of last nights epic Pacific Raceways event which pitted Apex against pretty much every decent American.
First we need to clear the air about one thing. I did not, and I believe most everyone will back me up here, throw a porta-potty at anyone nor insult their mother (loud enough to hear anyway).
What I did, in my outside voice, was present a careful and reasoned argument for why YOU WERE DOING IT WRONG AND NOW I AM HULKING OUT !1!!!!!.
So to clarify my point:
- When passing another field that is either sprinting for a prime or finishing it is most assuredly not cool for riders to raise the pace. The main reason is that the field being passed, in the heat of the finish, can't tell we're not them and it influences the results by giving a lift to riders who jump into the train*
- It's 100% cool to not work in breaks. And you certainly aren't there to help other teams. But you're tactics should directly support your stated objectives. It's my experience that putting multiple riders in breaks and then forcing splits by sitting up in the paceline or drilling it so gaps form rarely have any tactical value (maybe in the actual finish but not when trying to establish the break).
Now I know I may have used some more colorful language. But look at it this way: Apex isn't the first team to engage in either or both of the above. At least they didn't knock a cone into the field and then use the ensuing chaos to attack (I am looking at you OTB!). Or sprint across the drag strip even though you've crashed doing that exact thing multiple time. And let's be honest -- there is really no reason why we get prime bells or 2 lap to go signs right before we catch a field either. And the PR 1/2/3 field is always wierd -- there is a lowest common denominator quality to the field that guarantees that guys ride stupid. It just is.
Let me just suggest that it's better to be the smug, arrogant asshole dishing out #hardcandy than the guy who deserves it.
*and don't get me started on using field passing to cause splits. That list of riders is long and accomplished.