Cornering Part II – Cornering in a Pack

When you are riding by yourself, it is easy to determine when to start a turn and when to end a turn.  However, when you are in a pack when you start and end a turn is determined by the people around you.  Many times you might not be able to see the corner so your ability to determine when to start a turn is determined by the person next to or in front of you.  A great example of this can be seen by the line of riders setting up for the upcoming turn:

If you look down the line of riders, you can see that each rider is slight more into the lean as they set up for the corner.  It is important that you learn to time the start of your corner at the right time.  If you start late you will over shoot the corner and if you start too early you will bump into the guy next to you.

The riders in the front of the pack can take the corner at a much faster speed because there are few or no riders in front of them coasting or braking as they set up for the corner.  In fact, many times the riders in the front are accelerating through the corner because they can pedal through the corner.  This allows them to hold a more even speed around the course.  The riders further back must slow down into the corner and must sprint hard out of the corner into order to hold the wheel in front of them.  After few laps of the yo-yo effect, you can be worn down quickly.