Great Legs Need A Great Mind
By Chris Lyman
“The mental preparation for racing is just as important as physical,” said Team Jamis-Hagens Berman pro Philip Mooney, when asked about great race game. That Dr. Phil, always with the profound statements. Those in the sport for a while are slowly nodding to what Phil’s getting at: winning is more than just pedaling as hard as possible, and often because of race IQ.
Race IQ: the bane of existence of those who don’t have it, but for certain something we all want; the experience, instinct, smarts and cunning key to being first across the line. Volumes can be written about race scenarios and tactics. And while I’m certainly no expert (especially when my biggest wins were against the clock) fortunately I have email address of a few pro and amateur pedalers (the latter since that’s what most of us are). Here’s what they had to offer.
“Racing is all about patience, you need to wait for the right time to strike and then do it definitively,” suggested Ben Jacques-Maynes. Very few have the ability to bludgeon a field with brute force at will, making smarts, timing and cunning invaluable skills.