British Cycling have released a new Racesmart series of videos to show the etiquette, techniques and skills required when racing on the road. Racesmart is a British Cycling campaign to promote responsible racing.
“We've got a great tradition of racing in this country and there's a growing appetite for events on our roads as the sport’s profile continues to grow,” said Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s director of cycle sport and membership.
“We’re working to build a better future for the sport and by racing responsibly riders can play their part. Through Racesmart we’re taking positive steps to raise awareness among riders and at the same time promote a culture of collective responsibility where riders look out for each other, respect their environment and so reduce the risk of incidents. It should be part of every road racer’s mindset.”
The first four videos, made by GCN and fronted by former professionals Dan Lloyd and Matthew Stephens, are already live with more set to follow over the coming weeks.
These first videos are:
Domestic elite teams and pro riders have provided input and support to the creation of the videos.
"Racing on British roads was a really important part of my early career and riders can help shape its future by using their heads and learning how to race safely and responsibly on open roads,” said Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas.
“To win you need to be strong but you also need to be smart.”
Rapha Condor JLT Team Manager John Herety, said, “None of us were born knowing how to race and every time you ride your bike, you learn something new. The advice and tips in Racesmart are a great head start to help get everyone up to speed. There really is something in Racesmart for every rider, no matter what level they are racing at. Whether it’s about riding etiquette, skills and tactics or just making sure we look out for each other on the road, this can only be a good thing.”
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.