Ride and race smarter: improve skills to stay safe in the bunch

As more cyclists have taken up road racing, the frequency of crashes has increased at an alarming rate. Louise Mahé assesses how to improve your skills to stay safe while riding in a bunch

Hereford could soon have its own closed circuit course Photo: Rupert Fowler

With the cycling boom over the past few years, there has been an influx of new riders into road racing. Many of these people have made the step up from sportives to racing. The two disciplines are very different, of course, and skills for bunch racing are often overlooked — despite the fact they are crucial to everyone’s enjoyment and safety.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online.