Three Tips for Your First Bicycle Race
Before retiring in 2015, Daniel Sheflin was Honeywell’s VP of Technology Automation Control Solutions. Outside of his professional life, Daniel Sheflin enjoys sports, including competitive bicycling. If you are getting started in competitive bicycle racing, here are three tips to help you overcome rookie mistakes.

1. Divide the race into thirds - One common mistake of beginners is pushing yourself too hard too early in the race. Think of the race as having three separate parts. The first part is the easiest because you have the most energy. The second part is when you really start to feel the race. While the first two parts should not become leisurely bike rides, try to conserve enough energy so that you can push hard in the last part of the race.

2. Group rides - Riding with other bicyclists helps you become accustomed to riding in groups, which is a skill you will need on race day. Riding in groups is also an easy way to make friends who are interested in bicycling and possibly find a mentor or get training tips. Look for bicycling groups at local bike shops or online on sites like Craigslist or Meetup.

3. Know the course - Do not go blindly into a race. Before race day, do a dry run to find out where the tough spots are. Look out for areas with a crosswind, uneven ground, sharp turns, and uphill sections. Being able to anticipate these areas will help you keep your desired pace and control.
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