Video: How to hold your position in a bunch
Make sure you're in the best place to maximise your chances of a top position
A new British Cycling video shows you how to hold your position in a bunch, the latest in the Racesmart series designed to promote better racing.
Holding your position is quite a complex skill, especially towards the sharp end of a race or just before a climb or crosswind section when everyone is competing for the same places.
Former pro rider Matt Stephens explains how to move up the bunch and stay there, where the pace is less erratic than towards the rear.
You’re also less at risk of getting caught behind a crash if you’re positioned near the front, and more likely to stay in the front group if there are any splits in the peloton.
The video advises you to stay alert, focus on the wheel in front, and to concentrate on holding it to make sure you maintain your position.