By Press Release – VeloPress
If bike racing was only about legs, lungs and fitness, we’d all be racing nothing but time trials and concentrating only on aerodynamics and gear selection. But anyone who has toed the line at anything from a local office-park crit’ to the Tour de France will already know that the real beauty of bicycle racing is in its tactics.Competitive cycling is about using good technique and having a strong tactical sense – “race smarts,” if you will. While it’s true that the most physically prepared cyclists usually survive, they don’t necessarily always win. One of this country’s premiere cycling tacticians, Thomas Prehn honed a sophisticated sense of the sport over 14-year racing career, capped by a USPRO championship that he probably should have lost.As two-time Tour de France stage winner Davis Phinney notes, Prehn “schooled”the powerful 7-Eleven squad and other favorites at the 1986 USPRO championshipin Philadelphia “with his textbook use of smart tactics….” Phinney alsopoints out that, at the time, no such “textbook” actually existed. Tacticswere largely learned by experience and word of mouth.Now, however, Prehn has put pen to paper and completed his work on thenew “RacingTactics for Cyclists,” a comprehensive guide to employing effectiveand winning strategies in bicycle racing at all levels.Prehn helps cyclists avoid common race mistakes and ride with an intelligencethat takes advantage of a rider’s fitness. Prehn takes the reader througha host of relevant topics, including:”Reading” a race to anticipate, prepare for and affect the outcomeCriterium and stage race tacticsWhen to attack and when not toPace lines, echelons, blocking and breakawaysHow to stay informed during a race and deal with disastersPrehn supplements all of that advice with anecdotes, diagrams and thoughtful discussions that move a rider from viewing the sport as simply an aerobic competition to the graceful tactical battle that brings cycling up to a new level.Thomas Prehn’s “RacingTactics for Cyclists” is published by VeloPress.