Get prepared before you go racing

Racing brings many rewards, and we're not just talking about if you manage to finish on the podium. Simon Schofield looks at how you being preparing for a race, and what you need to do to confidently reach the start line.

When the godlike genius that is Jarvis Cocker asked, “Do you remember the first time?” he wasn’t singing about bike racing. But it’s a fair bet that if you’ve ever pinned a number on your jersey, you will have a laser-like recall of the day you popped your racing cherry.

Jamie Kirk does: “As I lined up at the start I just kept repeating to myself what the more experienced racers in my club had told me: ‘Don’t get dropped, don’t get dropped, don’t get dropped.’”

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