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Video: How to race in a bunch

Essential technique and etiquette advice for group racing

British Cycling has released a video supporting its Racesmart campaign showing you how to race in a bunch. Although the video is about racing most of the basics on safe positioning and etiquette apply to bunch riding in any situation.

The video, presented by former pro rider Matt Stephens, explains the best way to position yourself in a bunch with your front wheel behind and slightly to the outside of the rear wheel in front of you to avoid contact if that rider brakes suddenly, and cautions you not to make sudden, unexpected movements that might be dangerous.

The video talks through the etiquette of racing in close proximity to other riders, advising you to warn others of upcoming hazards and letting people know exactly where you are in the bunch and what you intend to do.

It also covers aspects of decision making like picking your line and choosing when to eat and drink.

If you’re already racer or you intend to start racing on the road, check out the video.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now over 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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