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PREFACE CHAPTER 1: WHAT'S MY MOTIVATION? Why Do You Race? The Pro Game versus Our Game Euro Pro American Pro American Amateur Mistakes Amateur Teams Make How Tactics Have Changed Tactics in Other Sports CHAPTER 2: BASIC TECHNIQUES Basic Training Bike Handling Cornering Drinking and Eating Looking Over Your Shoulder Braking Standing Stretching Shifting/Gearing CHAPTER 3: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES Riding in the Rain Holding a Steady Speed Bumping Others Pacelines and Rotating Pacelines Echelons Economy of Motion Peeing While Riding Handling Speed Descending Self Made Speed Intervals Seeing Movements Climbing Recon the Course Getting Psyched Up (or Out) Pack Riding Playing the Accordion Gaining Position Claustrophobia Avoiding Crashes CHAPTER 4: ATTACKING The Breakaway Slingshot Broadcasting Intentions Faux Attack Bungee Attack Size of the Break Working with a Teammate Breakaways That Don't Work Blocking Gatekeepers Chasing, Bridging, Reeling, Catching Bridging Distance Chasing Your Own Team Not Caught 'til it's Caught Division of Power CHAPTER 5: WINNING AND OTHER LOFTY GOALS Joop Reading the Race Overfamiliarity Patience Working the Break Roll Call Getting Rid of Them Should I Stay orShould I Go? CHAPTER 6: SPRINTING Measuring Distance Positioning Lead Out Form Communications Get On My Wheel Combines Picking the Right Strangers Sharing the Booty Going Solo CHAPTER 7: TIME TRIALS Knowing the Course - Intimately All Wind is Not Created Equal Climbing and Descending Man and Machine High Alert Heavy Wind CHAPTER 8: DECISIONS, DECISIONS Caught When a Crash Occurs Cloudburst First 5 Laps, Last 5 Laps When to Relax Suffering, Tail gunning, Punching Tickets Front or Back? Helping a Brother Out DNF versus Finish at allCosts CHAPTER 9: ASSEMBLING THE PERFECT TEAM Club versus Team Recruiting Chemistry Sacrifice Practicing as a Team Assessing Strengths and Assigning Roles Practicing as a Team Group Training Rides Picking the Right Ride Finding the Ride Worlds Making the Grade Working as a Team in an Open Group Ride Racing as a Team Goals Team Meetings How to Win, Place,or Show Going for It Luck Splitting the Winnings An Honest Assessment of Your Contribution CHAPTER 10: GO RACE

About the Author

Jamie Smith is a veteran bike racer and bike race announcer. He has been a bike racer since 1983 working his way up through the ranks of amateur cycling, and a bike race announcer since 1985 traveling with some of the world's greatest cyclists. He spent several years in public relations for a sleepy Detroit suburb, receiving one Emmy nomination and several Telly Awards. Writing repetitive press releases and boring speeches inspired him to find something more exciting to write about: bike racing. A graduate of Central Michigan University's Broadcast and Cinematic Arts program, Jamie has become adept at describing cycling's most complex intricacies to normal people. His first book, Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer, was selected as a 2009 Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. He has since taken on the role of sport director to translate the complexities of bike racing for befuddled bike racers who mistakenly chase down their own teammates, miss the winning breakaway, and consistently finish one place out of the money. He currently lives in Rochester, Michigan, with his 11 bikes, 2 surfboards, 1 rowing scull, and 5 pair of cross-country skis. Chris Horner is one of cycling's most popular and observant riders, blessed with a rare ability to read a race in progress and describe it fluently afterward. He began his long pro career in the U.S. in 1995 with PAA-NutraFig; moved to Europe for three years with FranAfAE'A EURO (TM)Af EUROs aise des Jeux; and then returned to America to guide the Mercury, Prime Alliance, Saturn, and Webcor teams, with whom he won nearly every major race on the domestic calendar. A three-time national racing calendar champion, winner of the 2013 Vuelta a EspaAfAE'A EURO (TM)Af EUROs +/-a, Tour de Langkawi, the Tour de Georgia, the Tour of the Basque Country, and the Tour of California, Horner led the 2012 U.S. Olympic squad and currently rides for RadioShack-Leopard-Trek, where his veteran counsel and unflappable temper make him the go-to guy for tactics, race smarts, and planning.


"Horner's anecdotes make Reading the Race a worthwhile read for those whose primary interest is the European pro peloton, but really the book isn't aimed at the armchair rider, it's a practical manual for those who want to learn the tricks of the trade." - Podium Cafe "The descriptions of specific group tactics, such as pacelines, echelon riding and the like, are clearly illustrated and annotated. If you have any doubts as to how any are to be implemented in real life, these leave no doubt as to how each ought to be successfuly accomplished." - The Washing Machine Post "In the Reading the Race, [Horner and Smith have] outlined the key mechanics of reading a race - and more importantly, how to win. Starting breaks, forming alliances, managing a lapped field, setting up for a sprint, it's all there." - Road Bike Review

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