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Recommendations for first race?(8 posts)

Recommendations for first race?hcswede
Aug 20, 2003 4:38 PM
So I'm doing my first crit and road race this weekend. I've done three triathlons and a few time trials, and I've been doing a few group rides, but I'm not so sure about how ready I am. Oh, and I don't really know what to expect. I'm racing in the Juniors division, so should be a wide variety of riders. Any tips/ thoughts / first race experiences for sharing?

Yes: Go weally, weally fast..............have fun.nmrwbadley
Aug 20, 2003 5:00 PM
lol n/tspankdoggie
Aug 20, 2003 7:01 PM
re: Recommendations for first race?YoungRcR
Aug 20, 2003 7:34 PM
Since it's a junior race, if it's anything like around here, just expect attack, slow, attack, slow, repeat that about 50 times until near the end when an attack may stick or wait out a sprint. Junior races suck in my opinion, they're no fun, maybe try the cat. 5
re: Recommendations for first race?firstrax
Aug 20, 2003 7:37 PM
Take your chainring and give yourself a grease tattoo on your leg. This will ensure that the other riders will stay out of your way and give you a clear path.

But seriously, stay relaxed and don't get too worked up. Everyone in the race has been in your shoes before at some point and they still remember it. Stay out of the middle of the bunch. Study the faster guys. Race for experience, not necessarily the podium. Then when you feel comfortable, lower the hammer.
And what exactly does that imply?filtersweep
Aug 21, 2003 4:47 AM
"Take your chainring and give yourself a grease tattoo on your leg. "

I know all sorts that unclip with their right leg who have this all the time... what is your point?
It implies...Dwayne Barry
Aug 21, 2003 7:02 AM
that you're either a newbie or a Fred, and therefore, should be given a wide berth in a racing situation because if you don't have enough sense to avoid getting a chain tatoo you very well may not have enough sense to ride shoulder-to-shoulder with your fellow racers without causing a crash.
re: Recommendations for first race?kiwisimon
Aug 20, 2003 7:37 PM
Stay near the front, less chance of getting dropped and less people falling in front of you. Take your turn pulling if there is a break away and remember to have a drink every now and then. have fun and talk to people before and after the race . Cycling is a people sport so mix and learn from real racers not just keyboard cyclists (like me).