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Blog Entry 71516

Well, now that we’ve gotten the boring part out of the way, let’s move on to the real content of this blog. So allow me the pleasure of introducing you to the beautiful sport of road-racing.

Most races last from one day without rest to a whole week with daily or periodic rests. This is also the main criteria for classifying races, either a one-day race or a multiple day race.

As for riders, there are 3 basic roles. The climber, sprinter and then the glorious seat of team ace. The sprinter excels on flats, either with sustained high speed or mad, all-consuming dashes that can reach ridiculous speeds, pulling the rest of the team through long straight roads which usually last for the majority of a race. The climber is the master of hills and mountains, unlike sprinters, they usually are lighter, smaller frame and lesser built. All of these features allow them to go at the highest stable speed uphill. And finally we have the ace. In cycling, more often than not, the game is a war of attrition. Every attack is a gamble, because you put more pressure on you ace to not fall too far behind. The ace is the sleeper agent, the javelin of the ballista. The sprinters and climber pull the team through the majority of the race. In the last legs, its the ace’s turn to show out, and put the team on the podium. The ace usually is a sprinter with very high sustainable top speed, he is able to do this because during the other part of the race, his team blocks wind and other rider from draining him. Ace’s last mad dash for the finish line are either the lonely solo ride if the ace is the only rider to make it through the trials, leaving his team behind or accompanied by one babysitter, usually a sprinter that still has enough strength to ensure his victory.

o Graveyard Crown o

Picture’s source: Twenty-four-year-old Jacob Schwoob of Cody on his one-gear racing bike, 1898. In the 1890s there were at least two bicycle clubs in Cheyenne and one each in Laramie and Rawlins, putting on races, advocating for bike paths and organizing social events. American Heritage Center.