Part of the training? Ride in all kinds of conditions:
Morning temperatures in the low 20’s haven’t exactly made for vacation-style riding. On Tuesday, with black ice spotting the roads, Astana cancelled its planned team ride...All 16 Bruyneel Academy riders, however, suited up for a three-hour ride.Another part: build a team:
When riding tempo, each group takes a turn rotating at the front; when a squad member flats, his whole team squad stops and paces him back to the group.And, finally, the plan for each rider, as articulated by Mr. Moerman:
Driving behind and alongside the group, Moerman barks instructions, which riders dutifully relay through the group. “Stop sprinting! Ride steady! Keep it tight?”
When one squad neglected to stop for a teammate who flatted, Moerman pulled the whole group over...
“Don’t blame yourself for not knowing. Blame yourself for not learning.”I like that philosophy!