The A Grade Criterium Lesson
5 BIG Criterium Learnings...broken-down
This is a unique three part video series where you will watch and hear one A Grade criterium rider - in Melbourne (Australia’s) illustrious criterium scene – critique another A grade rider.
Myself (Cam Nicholls pictured above in black) took up criterium racing later in life. In my late twenties! Thus, I do not have a pedigree in bike racing.
Tommy Nankervis (pictured above in blue), on the other hand, grew up with bike racing. He initially learned his trade on the track, before turning to road. His skills soon developed, landing him with opportunities in the USA and Europe. Tommy rode professionally for over 10 years, before landing back in Australia, joining the National Road Series with the highly regarded Budget Forklifts team.
Tommy soon developed a reputation as one of Melbourne's best criterium riders. In fact, he won 25 A Grade Criterium's in one season in 2017. An incredible feat.
So in this video series, Tommy Nankervis is providing advice to me. In the one hour criterium race you will watch, the Go-Pro is mounted on my bike. Tommy provides constant commentary during the full hour; about the race, my poor decisions, and the areas for improvement. Additionally, as I am keen to learn, I fire a number of questions Tommy's way throughout.
Who this three part video series for?
This three part video series is for the aspiring criterium rider.
Perhaps you're stuck in a grade and you want to make the jump. Or maybe you've moved into the next grade and now is the time to hone in on your skills.
What you will Learn?
Following the one hour race and supporting commentary, I will be white boarding my 5 key learnings from the discussion. Analysing the aspects of the race that stood out to me. However, as a broad summary, the 5 overarching teachings, include:
- How to ride smarter and conserve energy
- How to best respond to moves and close gaps
- How to ride amongst teams and what approach to take
- How to be laser sharp focused
- Develop a more intimate understanding of criterium racing
Let the class begin!
Cycling YouTuber and Cycling Coach. 10 years of experince riding and racing road bikes.