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new to cat5 queries...(4 posts)

new to cat5 queries...Rubiks_Manuever
Jan 14, 2003 7:12 AM
Ive been racing centuries for the past year (my first year) and this coming season am going to start racing cat5 in Greenville, SC. I looked at the USA Cycling site to get my liscense online, and downloaded the USCF race rules and stuff, but I would really like some firsthand, practical information regarding these races, so I know what to expect. I heard there are lots of crashes, it that the case? Is there some strategic way to avoid these? Further, how many miles are they, generally? I know they are not long enough to have to eat anything (like in the centuries), but do people use water bottles? I just don't want to show up for the first race completely clueless. Thanks in advance
re: new to cat5 queries...Sadlebred
Jan 14, 2003 7:40 AM
There may be crashes at any road race. You can't really predict them. I can't say I've seen an abnormal amount at Greenville the last few years. Be sure to practice your pack riding skills. You MUST be able to hold a straight line in order to race. It is a basic safety issue.

The series info. should be up on www.hincapiesports.com sometime soon. No, I don't know when it will be up there. Rich usually posts it a few weeks before they begin. Most of the Cat. 5 races start out at about 25-30 miles for the training series and progressively get longer as the series goes on.

Only forgo the use of water bottles if you want to get dehydrated. Use whatever you use on your regular rides. The day of a race is not the time to experiment with new energy drinks. If you normally eat on a ride as long as the race, bring what you usually eat. I wouldn't pack a PBJ sandwich in my jersey pocket. Maybe some gels or energy bars.

--Sadlebred
can't I just go back to cyclocross season?
Look in the Racing forumMcAndrus
Jan 14, 2003 9:13 AM
There are many discussions of race tactics and other information. In particular lonefrontranger has made some excellent posts on racing tactics.
Avoiding crashesbsdc
Jan 14, 2003 4:12 PM
The best way to avoid a crash is to be ahead of everyone.