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Video: How to chase down a breakaway

Tactics and techniques to catch riders who've escaped from the bunch...

British Cycling has released a new video on how to chase down a breakaway as part of its Racesmart campaign to promote better racing. 

The video, presented by former pro racer Matt Stephens, explains how best to harness the power of a number of riders to bring back a break.

It looks at when you should start trying to catch the escapees and how best to share the effort between riders in different chase scenarios. It also offers advice on keeping the pace, suggesting that you keep the pace smooth and even to encourage more riders to work together.

This video is one of a series covering many aspects of race tactics, technique and etiquette.

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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