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My first race is this weekend...(2 posts)

My first race is this weekend...b_spiwak
May 9, 2002 4:07 AM
I'll be doing my first road race this weekend, after having raced MTB for two seasons. I'll be racing in the Junior 16 and under category, which is Cat 5, and I'm wondering what to expect... as in, what speed. BTW, it's a crit. Thanks in advance.
I have little experience...hayaku
May 9, 2002 7:06 AM
I did my first crit last friday, my fourth race overall since starting cycling last year.
My only advice is to be careful, crits are scary! Try to stay near the front where there are less riders and less crashes, also you can take a faster line around the corners so don't have to sprint as hard out of them therefore saving energy.
You have to work hard, keep you eyes open and stay focused on where people are around you.
I was happy with my finish last week, 6th out of a feild of 92. It was harder than I expected, though without having started sprint training yet it was a really good challenge.

Good luck, take care.