Fraggle wrote:Ritch wrote:^
I like reading RRs, you could have been down the shops or doing gardening instead!
complaining about the other people "not working" or whatever, unfortunately won't help you get better. Seriously, it opens up a world of possibilities when you plan it out and execute, win or lose.
Yeah thanks Ritch, I do need a "Race coach", Interested??
I guess I'm more disappointed with my (obvious) lack of race-craft, lack of patience, etc. <insert list of stupid reasons> hence the frustration that was expressed in the RR.
Back in the last century(1990's) when I was racing (mostly at Waverley Park) there was a lot of complaints about SOS (Sit on Sprinters) that would let everyone else do the work and then win the sprint and walk away with the money.
What I understand is that I race for me and therefore make the choices during the race about what outcome I want.
If strong enough you pick your time and drop the wantabe sprinters by long strong effort usually timed as the third attack.
If you can get a few woking then that helps you stay away.
If everyone is sitting on you then you are not stronger and have to get the win by using you "Brain" not brawn.
Fraggle with your strength's using them at the right time, and using the strength of the others to look after you should deliver consistent wins.
When you achieve this then the handicapper will step in and put you up a grade where there are stronger and smarter riders.
The racing journey is a fantastic learning experience about yourself and others. Will you take advantage of a weakness, drive home teh advantage and win, or be moderate with your mates and let them win, will you play the handicapper and look to pick up a big win????
For me I have been stronger and taken advantage, been found wanting and dropped like a stone out the back, both beaten the handicapper and been stung by the handicapper and given a mark that did not give me a chance.
In the end all great fun.