Firstly, this new forum is awesome. Super stoked.
Next, I have a pretty simple question regarding cyclocross racing.
I’m coming into the cyclocross season after a season of being staged front row for mountain bike, but now with cyclocross I’m pretty far back. From the front row my strategy was always to go as slow as possible without being dropped by anyone, but I’m guessing that’s going to change with cross.
If I’m staged towards the back of the field, let’s say maybe mid-pack in a 100 person field, is it better to burn a bunch of matches in the first lap trying to gain as many places as possible as quickly as possible, but knowing that I’m going to fade or is it better to pace myself from the start and try to pick up places a bit more slowly but be able to put down super consistent lap times?