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Road Racing(4 posts)

Road Racinglexington476
Feb 9, 2003 7:25 PM
If I get into road racing a little this year what should I expect? Any advice for a first timer?
re: Road Racingcarpe_podium
Feb 9, 2003 8:46 PM
It's gonna be harder than you think. Pratice pack skills, and prepare for surges (do intervals). There's always a few sandbaggers in any Cat 5 race. Look on the Racing forum for lots of good tips, I just offered some really vague generalizations.
Feb 10, 2003 12:09 AM
The best piece of advice I can give you is to just relax. Seriously in cat 4&5 breaks rarely if ever suceed so head to the back and just stay in peoples drafts and let other people attack and chase. If theres about a quarter of the race left and a break is still out front thats when you head to the front and begin to help in the chase.

With this plan theres times when the pace slows down and you mind end up at (or off the front especially in cat 4 or 5)... thats when you resist the urge to hammer and just relax... slow down as much as you need to and get swallowed back up by the pack. It took me a long time to figure this out. And as much as it might piss people off seriously do as little work as possible. The smartest person wins... and that can either be a super strong person who might be taking a lot of turns at the front or a lot weaker person who just stays fresher by staying near the back for the first 3/4 (or later) then makes their way up into the top few for the final sprint.

The only downside to hanging near the back half is you open yourself up to the risk of crashing... so just be careful and constantly reevaluate the skills of those around you. If your gut feeling tells you to get out of there move up.

O ya... always shoulder check too in a pack.

re: Road Racingpnitefly
Feb 10, 2003 7:40 AM
I admire you for considering to race. I don't care what anyone says, grassroots racing is the only way this sport will grow in this country. Thanks for being a part of that.
Podium gave some excellent tips! The only thing I can add to what Podium said is that the mental portion of racing is often overlooked. You have to have tremendous self-control, a feel for what your body can and cannot do and the "balls" or "ovaries" to tell your body to stop whining and just flat out hammer. You'll need nerves of steel to hang shoulder to shoulder with a pack moving 50 mph downhill. Just my .02. Good luck to you and if you have any ???'s you can always find me at the back of the peloton!