“The best scenario is when you can refuel without losing any positions,” says Taylor. “That means the later in
the race, the better. If I’m in the lead, I’ll wait until the lead
is just big enough to allow for a pit stop and let that be
the decider. I have taken early pits before, but usually for
some specific reason. If you have a problem with goggles
or with the bike, you might as well take fuel at the same
time. That will give you more options down the road.”
ON RACE STRATEGY
Taylor Robert doesn’t play chess with his motorcycle.
He believes in hitting the racecourse hard from the very
start and never letting up. It really doesn’t matter if it’s a
two-hour WORCS GP or a five-minute EnduroCross heat.
“It’s too competitive to play games right now, especially in
EnduroCross,” he says. “A few years ago, you could just
stay out of trouble and wait for someone to make a mis-
take. Now, you can’t count on that. The bar is too high.”
Ten years ago, there was real strategy in winning off-
road races. Riders would be very careful about not show-
ing their lines to each other. “If I have a good line, I gener-
ally don’t try to keep it a secret. It depends on whom I’m
racing. If I’m afraid he’s faster, then I’ll use all the tricks
at my disposal. I just expect him to have all the lines. If I
think I’m faster that day, I might hold back until I have a
Taylor’s home is near the Phoenix area, where summertime temperatures can be the hottest in the country. No
one had to teach him about hydration; it’s a way of life in
Arizona. “I see hydration as something that happens way
before the actual race. I don’t pack very much water in a
two-hour WORCS race. Usually, I carry a 16-ounce hydration system. I’ll drink all of that, and I’ll also drink during
“I don’t try to drink heavily in the days just before a
race, either. I don’t change my routine. I think the secret
is to drink all the time. I’ll get up in the morning and drink
32 ounces right away. And, I continue to drink throughout
the day. If you try to drink more than normal just before a
race, you risk flushing nutrients out of your system, and
that can cause problems.”
Most hydration should be done long before the race starts, so
Taylor doesn’t pack much water.
Good starts are critical to Robert’s race-winning strategy.
When they don’t come, he holds nothing back, passing where
he can as quickly as he can.
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