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First race today, had to post.(5 posts)

First race today, had to post.RhodyRider
Oct 8, 2001 9:13 AM
I have done numerous organized/supported rides, as most of us here have, but today was my first actual timed race. It was the APC/Jamestown Classic (http://www.jamestownri.com/rotary/race) here in Jamestown, Rhode Island, and it was a GAS! I was obviously in the "citizens" race, but they did keep official times by sex & age bracket and it was fairly serious. What a blast, in spite of ferocious winds resulting in wind-chills in the 20s (and obviously some killer headwinds!). Pretty short course (one lap of Conanicut Island, which is where Jamestown is), just under 20 miles total. I averaged 18.3 mph, which isn't too good, but given the head winds and cold I felt pretty ok with the effort.
I may be hooked...next year, maybe a USCF license and some Cat 5 crits?!? Oh no, this could get serious! Thanks for "listening", gang! :-)
re: First race today, had to post.PatM
Oct 8, 2001 10:15 AM
Congratulations ! I was thinking of doing some racing next year as well, maybe I will see you around !
Got yourself a deal, Pat! Let's do it. (nm)RhodyRider
Oct 9, 2001 5:55 AM
Congrat'sTig
Oct 8, 2001 11:20 AM
Sounds like you had a blast. Racing of any kind can be fun, even when you get "serious". You learn so much from each race.

An average of 18.3 isn't bad at all for 20 miles in bad winds, so pat yourself on the back. Crit and road races are quite different than a TT. A TT is about maintaining your highest speed without blasting your heart into anaerobic hell. I love 'em because they are the "race of truth" and you can really focus on your ability and fitness. Self discipline and balancing your output should leave you with enough energy to finish it with about the same intensity as you started, but not enough power to sprint at the finish.

Crits are more about handling skills, positioning, and speedy recovery of some very painful intervals. You may want to try a road race for your first mass start event. They are usually not as intense as a crit so you will have a better chance of staying with the pack and not getting dropped. Just be sure you are confident with close group riding first, and don't ride in the back of the field.
Good advice, thanks...RhodyRider
Oct 9, 2001 5:55 AM
This particular race was a mass start road race. My original post does make it sound like a TT. It was kind of intense at the very beginning, but I held my line and kept pace and after the first half mile everything sorted out. Only one pack mishap, a couple of guys got sqeezed into an under-construction storm drain and brought a few folks to an abrupt halt. But no other problems. Big fun! Like a true Cub fan, my statement is now "wait 'til next year...!"