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

by Mat Brett   June 20, 2014  

Hold your 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.

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Much as I like these GCN videos, Road.cc seems to be retweeting a lot of their content recently as 'news'. Is there a commercial relationship between the two companies or is it just a slow news day?

posted by Yennings [217 posts]
20th June 2014 - 11:06

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Yennings wrote:
Much as I like these GCN videos, Road.cc seems to be retweeting a lot of their content recently as 'news'. Is there a commercial relationship between the two companies or is it just a slow news day?

A lot? Thinking

GCN make their videos available to all media outlets - we chose to use some of them. In point of fact this isn't a GCN video it's a video on GCN produced for British Cycling - there's a difference. You can find them on the British Cycling website too.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4140 posts]
20th June 2014 - 11:53

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Yennings wrote:
Much as I like these GCN videos, Road.cc seems to be retweeting a lot of their content recently as 'news'. Is there a commercial relationship between the two companies or is it just a slow news day?

If you like them why do you care? This is a free website that needs to somehow fund its activities so if there was a commercial relationship (which seemingly there isn't) would that be a bad thing? The GCN videos have quite high production values - people (crew, presenters etc) have to get paid somehow. Syndicating this content to widen the audience and awareness of their brand seems to me like a good thing all round.

posted by Pauldmorgan [174 posts]
20th June 2014 - 12:34

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Tony Farrelly wrote:
Yennings wrote:
Much as I like these GCN videos, Road.cc seems to be retweeting a lot of their content recently as 'news'. Is there a commercial relationship between the two companies or is it just a slow news day?

A lot? Thinking

GCN make their videos available to all media outlets - we chose to use some of them. In point of fact this isn't a GCN video it's a video on GCN produced for British Cycling - there's a difference. You can find them on the British Cycling website too.

I hope British Cycling aren't paying too for those vids, there seems to be an awful lot more GCN branding on there than British Cycling's - even on the British Cycling website. Just sayin' like Nerd

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posted by Denzil Dexter [140 posts]
20th June 2014 - 12:53

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Well, I'm sure they're all very happy… hope so, cos we want to keep using the videos Cool

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4140 posts]
20th June 2014 - 12:57

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I thought that the motivation behind these was the perceived lack of discipline in certain 4th cat races recently. At least I hear complaints - and I've seen scars - from some people I know who do race.

posted by SteppenHerring [195 posts]
21st June 2014 - 0:14

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