Monday Blues: Blue Train

photo by the author, from the US Cup short track race at Bonelli Park, Sunday 12 April

Unlike racing on the road, if you were to compile a list of most important aspects leading to successfully winning or placing in a mountain bike race, teamwork would likely not make the top five. Perhaps not even the top ten. Things such as equipment, handling ability, and familiarity with the course, are more likely to fill the top spots. 

It may be due to the size of the squad, or the fact that they are able to attract and hold so much top talent, but the Luna pro women's team, regularly present an interesting exception. That blue train, led on this lap by American champion Georgia Gould, looks a whole lot like teamwork to me. Excusing the fact that a lone Trek rider managed to infiltrate the line (fourth spot) but, it would take some extra effort and, possibly, some extra fancy riding to move around those four. The tighter and more technical the course, the more difficult it would become. The advantage is clear, use it or loose it.

Blue: A color, a mood or emotion, a genre of music. Tune in each Monday for another installment of the Blues, with a cycling twist.