Since starting my blog, I have gotten to talk to and know many riders from our area. I realize that there are riders here who would love to upgrade, but just never seem to be getting better. When I talk to them about pretty basic stuff from training to racing I either get a blank look, or acknowledgement that they know, but just haven't put this knowledge to action.
Riders in this district seem to have some cash. I'm not saying they are millionaires, but when you do a training ride and most guys around you have 4 or 5 thousand dollar bikes, you have got to think these people have money.
So what I am thinking is instead of throwing 1 or 2 thousand dollars into another set of wheels, maybe people should get some coaching - just long enough to get some basic fundamentals like how to ride in a pace line, or the why and how to train your weakness.
I know a lot of what a coach might teach you at first will seem obvious, but maybe paying for it instead of having someone tell you for free (or reading it on GamJams or something) might help it stick. The money side of it will make the information more real.
There are plenty of coaches - Pete Cannell, BJ Basham and a ton of other guys linked to GaJams, and they are hella expensive but people would probably have a more enjoyable time racing their bike if they knew what they were doing and practiced some pretty basic stuff.