The best way to get ahead of the pack in cycling is to use the Garmin Edge bike training computer. With the Garmin Edge you can accurately record your training and then improve on those results.
The Garmin edge series collects a number of metrics to help you train to be better than the rest. You can instantly know your heart rate, speed, cadence, calories, power, and pace just to name a few. You can then plot your rides on your computer to analyze if your training routine is working for you.
The Garmin edge is available as a basic cycle computer to collect just your data or as a more advanced navigator which will show you a map of the course you just loaded and navigate you through it. You can even race your previous days totals for comparison.