5 Myths of Road Race Preparation

It's no coincidence that most experienced bike racers have a routine they go through before every race. Whether you're rubbing a rabbit's foot or performing a series of stretches, routines help you focus and stay calm as you prepare for the stressful events of a race. Some routines, like solid warm-ups, are critical to your performance on the bike. Others, like the ritualistic rubbing of the rabbit's foot mentioned above, are rooted in myth and superstition, and their effectiveness directly relates to the confidence they give you.

While these rituals are helpful and, at the very least, do you no harm, there are some pre-race preparations and rituals that can be detrimental to a competing cyclist. Below, we list five commonly employed routines that have no basis in science or fact.

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