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LOOKING(5 posts)

LOOKINGcjwill
Sep 25, 2003 2:57 PM
I am looking for a place to TRY racing (crits) on the west coast-Southern California(CAT 5) just to see if I like that kind of thing...

any help,advice would be Appreciated.
Socalcycling.commexican-JUMPING-frijoles
Sep 25, 2003 3:47 PM
Visit www.socalcycling.com. They have a section with group rides and I believe practice crits. I know San Diego has one in Fiesta Island I believe every Tuesday at 6pm during day light savings. I also think there is one in Santa Fe Springs in an industrial park. Not too sure about this one though.

Keep in mind these are open races, so you'll be racing against cat 1's and 2's. If you want to do the whole organized/USCF race, then you'll have to wait until next season.
Socalcycling.comcjwill
Sep 25, 2003 3:56 PM
thank you for the info......
not the best timing...DMoore
Sep 25, 2003 6:48 PM
since the racing season in SoCal just ended. Many of the local training crits go on hiatus for the winter right around this time of year, and start up again when Daylight Savings time starts. However, if you're serious about racing, this is a good time to start training so you're ready when the racing starts up again in February.

The key to crits, especially at the lower levels (where I am too) is the ability to sprint and recover. To do that, you need to log a lot of base miles over the winter, and then get serious about doing intervals. The ability to ride fast at a steady pace won't help much in a crit, since you'll be accelerating hard out of almost every corner.

I also suggest you find a local training race when you can, and jump in. socalcyling.com is the center of the southern cal racing world. If you can't find something local there, contact a local bike shop and see if they're aware of any training rides/races in your area.

If you don't have any experience in riding around corner in close proximity to others, your first crits will be *very* intimidating.

Good luck!
re: LOOKINGRubberbandman
Sep 26, 2003 9:10 AM
Where are you located? I would suggest hooking up with a race club. Not only would it be good training but you'll also meet some people that could help you get into the race scene.

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