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Yes, another 1st timer Cat VGelo
Apr 12, 2001 5:57 PM
Well, I have seen many posts/questions in the past weeks from other riders making their racing debut (typically Cat V). Many of the responses have indicated that the pace is quite a lot faster than one might have anticipated, but really give no indication of average speeds and pace. How fast are they actually going (mph)?

A little background on my crit this weekend: 1.2 mi circuit (10 laps), rolling terrain. I practiced it (alone) and determined that the fastest I was able to go was 30-34 mph (med-hard effort) in descending spots, about 18-22 mph (medium effort) in the flats, and down to 16-14 mph in the two ascending parts. I've never raced, but feel as though I'm in decent physical shape and moderately strong , given that I've been outside to ride approximately 260 miles this spring (spent many hours on my trainer doing pyramid workouts, spinning, etc.).

I psyched about beginning to race and realize that just finishing, respectfully, will be my main goal (not that I can't finish...). Thanks in advance for your response.
Just go for it...bigdave
Apr 12, 2001 8:03 PM
Don't worry about the speeds... that's the wacky thing about these things... it might average 21 for a while, then jam up to 28. You just have to learn to go with the flow. Staying at the front is something I am still working to perfect after two crits. It's really easy to fall back. And I've become a firm believer that no matter how much it hurts at the front, it hurts at the back even more. Why? Because at the back you go through corners slowly, then rocket out at the exit. You're not conserving momentum at the back.

But being your first crit, just go out and see what it's all about. Hold your line in the corners and give it what you have. If it's enough, great! If not, don't worry and learn from it... do you need to be more comfortable in packs, better performance when you have to repeat hard efforts back-to-back... your first race will tell you all that.

Hey, I've been dropped in my two races, partially from not being as fit as I'd like yet, and partially from not riding smart in the pack (if there are cross winds, use the other riders as shields of the wind... I didn't and learned). But I'm going to keep working hard and eventually it will click.

It's rare that someone comes in and dominates from the start... it's far more common for people to take time in becoming good... so don't put pressure on yourself and go enjoy it.

Good luck,

How'd Madison go?RobO
Apr 12, 2001 9:23 PM
How'd last week at Madison go? I must say I was very pleased. Out of the blue I tried for the 2nd sprint, 2nd or third it was damn close. 13th at the end, oh well. Did you happen to see the sole crash? It was right behind me, one of the guys that crashed hit my rear wheel. I'm looking forward to next weekend, the 21st and 22nd, that's going to be a good weekend.
Good job Rob...bigdave
Apr 13, 2001 10:45 AM
I did pretty well until about 30 minutes in the 4s when I flat ran out of gas... I did the 30+ too, and had the same result. So, if nothing else I am learning and getting good workouts. I've had some pretty good workouts this week and I think things are slowly improving.

Our team rode the course (Muskego Park) for the 21st yesterday... not very long, but about half of it is climbing. Should be interesting.

You get your jerseys yet? I am with Just Pedal Faster on a blue Schwinn... look me up at the Muskego race. (I'm not sure I'm hitting Sheboygan on Sunday).

Good job Rob...RobO
Apr 14, 2001 10:55 AM
Last year I did the same thing as you. Get dropped every race. You've heard it all too much, but it's all about staying in the top 15 or so. You don't have to worry about being farther up, if there is a break in 4s, there will be someone else to chase it down for you. The "slingshot" effect is most likely what's killing you.
Yes, we did finally get our team stuffs. Mine are still sitting at a leaders house, but we'll have em for this weekends race.