How did I not see that sooner?! This happens during practice where I am noodling along and then starting my sprint. I guess I need to include a burst up to race pace BEFORE practicing my sprint. …there are times when it does happen during a race, though. Explanation below.
THIS! I get to play with more toys AND it might mean my “charlie brown” fingers aren’t reaching for the Di2 buttons. LOVE IT!
See, this is the problem - WHEN to shift or how to shift optimally.
It often seems like there is a lull in the race (crit) with half a lap to go if one team isn’t pushing the pace for a sprinter (which rarely happens in my races). Sometimes I’ll launch an attack here if I’m feeling like I can hold off the pack for that half lap (and sometimes that works- yay!). Sometimes, I take the opportunity to gather strength, but I find I often keep my RPM’s somewhat higher so I can accelerate quickly if there is an attack. Thus, I’m in an easier gear than I would sprint in. So, if I’m waiting for the attack, this is when the problems can arise. Maybe the answer is just, don’t spin like that. Maybe the answer is to time the gear change better (i.e. anticipate the sprint) and just practice it. What I find is that when I respond to someone else starting their sprint I spin out, then when I ease up to shift, I lose a spot or two.
Thanks for the advice, peeps!