Training…..not every local has one. In fact during my time in State College instead of a training race, there was the “Speed Ride”. The group ride followed the same route every week, annoyed the same drivers with its side by side riding style, and was a DROP ride. Essentially each pair took turns on the front as the pace was slowly increased. As the pace increased, riders were dropped until the sprint point. In many ways it is similar to the Shootout in Tucson, except there really isn’t attacking…..at least as I remember it.
|State College Speed Ride|
Now that I have lived the big city for a couple of years the Speed Ride has been replaced by Westlake or Westlake Worlds. This pay to play event is somewhat like a criterium, pancake flat, and can vary in length from 20-50 miles. Now in years past I have made an attempt to make it to every week’s edition and compete for the overall. In other words I was treating it almost like a race. In more recent years, I have shifted to treating this more like training. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nursery to learn how to race. The tactics can be somewhat off the wall at times, but the point being is that there is a finish line and money on the line every week.