February riding tip: Starting Position:
Generally there are positions on the gate with a slight advantage. If it's a tight first corner, the most straight, shortest distance is a good place to line up. If it's a faster more sweeping corner, a little on the outside could be a good place. Look for those places on the starting line according to the first corner. With those in mind you can also watch where the front runners are starting from. Although this particular start (at this 1988 Gainesville National) is a 180 degrees, it's fast and sweeping, so that opens up more opportunities to start from. I'm #33 and from my angle, it looks like I started from the middle, where there's no bottle neck and I can keep speed/flow through the corner..