Bicycle racing seems simple to outsiders because it appears that the strongest rider wins. The fact is, however, that bike racing is like chess on wheels -- races are won just as often on brains as on brawn. This is what makes it such a challenging sport and such a rewarding one when you finally break through and start placing and winning. To help speed your learning curve, we've put together these tips. Keep in mind that you'll improve fastest if you stay positive. Focus on having a good time. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. And, instead of worrying about mistakes, learn from them. Good luck!