A quick “Tip of the Week” version of organizing a successful breakaway and what to do if you’re not in it:
Recognize the chance to break from the pack. Also recognize how to create that chance and take the initiative. Then commit. Completely. Any doubt on your part will constitute opportunity on the chase group’s part.
Communicate with your fellow riders. Know how you are going to keep your distance from the pack. Each rider has a role within the break, know your role.
Help the group succeed. Many breaks get reeled in because riders are sitting in instead of contributing to the effort.
Organize yourselves to maintain contact with the break. Again, commitment is key as is communication. Your work is the same as the break’s regarding management and execution. Go get ’em!