Good Group, welcome to John. Comments welcome.
Excerpt from Cyclingtips.com:
"Don’t just go out and motorpace without some proper strength and power blocks of training. If you do this you’ll gain some form for a while, but you won’t have the underlying fitness to keep it going and build upon it. Make sure that you motorpace after you have a good base of strength and you’ll be able to push the bigger gears faster. Use motorpacing as “top up” training about a month out from when you want to reach your peak.
The training effect that motorpacing has on the riders is SPEED. The neuromuscular training effect associated with being in the draft and using higher leg speed (less torque) will help you increase the SPEED component of your training. It also improves the psychological element of not being completely in control of pace (similar to a race – this is where a good motorpace driver who knows you makes a big difference)
If the cyclist behind the bike separates as little as 1 ft off of the rear of the motorbike, the workload will spike incredibly high to regain the “sweet spot” of the draft that is best only inches away from the bumper. Once or twice and this isn’t an issue, but after an hour of motorpacing which is usually done in zone 4/5, that wattage spike REALLY hurts."
Coming to a stop before the Crit.