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C/Cat 5 Racing(5 posts)

C/Cat 5 Racinglexington476
Apr 3, 2003 7:26 PM
I am getting into C/Cat 5 racing on the weekend (as well as MTB). Even at this low level, most of the other racers are faster then I am. Any tips for staying with the pack? In the two (training) races I did over last weekend, I found my self-alone for 90% of the race. Is it wise to try to hook up with some of the other slow racers and draft off each other? Each pulling for half a lap or so? For gears, should I try to stay in one gear for the whole race or shift using the big chain rings (leaving the rear in a middle gear)? I run a triple up front. People say to use the big ring, but I am not strong enough (yet) to do hills in the big. Nevertheless, I am working on all this. Everyone has to start somewhere, right? Just looking for some feedback.
whatever worksDougSloan
Apr 3, 2003 8:51 PM
First, for gear selection, use whatever works, except don't use the big/big or small/small combos (chainline or derailleur problems). Try to keep the rpms up to save your legs.

If your goal is to just stay with the pack, then don't waste any energy. Draft off someone who is big and steady. Don't let yourself get shoved out the side, and never take a pull if it's a sizeable group. If you get dropped, by all means look for someone to work with. Rotate pulls of 30 to 60 seconds, even shorter if there are more than 4 or 5 of you.

Doug
I am a firm believer that, "in order to go faster, you have tobill
Apr 4, 2003 7:39 AM
go faster." You ought to hook up with a group of these guys who are blowing your doors off on the weekends and ride with them when you can. You'll get faster. You also will begin to learn training techniques such as intervals, and hill sprints, and periodization, and stuff.
In a race, suffer to stay with the pack, try try try, because it can get mighty lonely (as you well know) out there by yourself. If ever I find myself slipping off the back, I hear none other than Doug Sloan's (cyber) voice in my ear to suffer whatever pain it takes to keep up, because once you are off the back, it is a b!tch to catch up if you can at all (you didn't know you were coaching me, eh, Doug?). Chances are, if you have any business being in the race at all, the pack has picked up the pace temporarily, everyone is suffering, and it'll slow soon. If you absolutely can't hold the pace, well, see tip #1.
My guess is that you just think that everyone is faster than you. What they have learned is to endure.
just passing it onDougSloan
Apr 4, 2003 7:53 AM
The advice I heard and passed on was stated as:

"Easier to keep up than catch up. Easier to catch up than ride alone."

That is what stuck with me.

Doug
this quote has stuck with me since you used it last year nmJS Haiku Shop
Apr 4, 2003 8:03 AM