I have trained all season for this race, this moment. All of my preparation has led me here, brought me to this exact time and place. The race could not have gone any better up to now, it really feels like the pieces of the puzzle fit together just right. I forced the breakaway and the gap with the peloton is growing rapidly. I don’t think the peloton is able to catch up, leaving us in front to determine the winner of the race. It could be me, I am feeling really strong!
Suddenly, while approaching the last kilometres of the race, there is unrest among the riders of the breakaway. The other riders are not willing to do the work anymore, refusing to take a turn in lead. This is dangerous, the peloton might take this opportunity to close the gap, so I decide to continue in lead. My legs are burning away, our speed drops. Still nobody else wants to lead.
With the pace completely gone, suddenly a rider launches a surprise attack from behind and overtakes me quickly, followed by others. I did not see this coming, my reaction is too slow. I am left behind. I felt so strong, how could this happen to me?
In a final attempt, I give everything I have left in me.
Every single bit of power.
Every muscle in my body screams and begs for release, but I do not stop.
So, so very, very close.
Why does this happen to me?
How did I mis the timing for the final sprint?
I am unable to close the gap. Devastated and broken, I pass the finish, tired, angry and very frustrated with myself.
After all my preparation, my effort, the perfectly fitting puzzle pieces, it made no difference when it mattered most. What did I miss?
Wasn’t this supposed to be my race, my time, my win?
During our training and cycling races we always have to deal with unexpected events such as dangerously overtaking cars or a competitor attacking from behind.
The problem with these unexpected events is our limited field of view. The average field of view is 140 degrees, and sometimes turning your head to look behind you, in the heat of the moment, can lead to dangerous situations.
Why does a car have mirrors and a racebike doesn’t? Aerodynamics obviously, but pondering about this question, the founder invented an innovative solution for all cyclists; sportsglasses with small mirrors built in the frame.
Peter van de Put, a Dutch former elite cyclist, started Mirror Sportsglasses in 2018. After finishing his cycling career he became Directeur Sportif of an amateur cycling team. Cycling is still his passion.
Peter’s drive is to create things that’s didn’t excist before. By doing so, you are supported by a bigger field of view. This will help you to be more safe during your training rides and to have a great advantage against your competitors.