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First crit: some questions...(4 posts)

First crit: some questions...E3
May 7, 2001 5:59 PM
I have an opportunity to enter a Cat 5 crit, but I'm not sure if it's something I really ought to do. It's a 30 minute, flat, figure 8 course with 8 corners per lap.

I've been riding, but mostly slow miles, not much anaerobic training. The crit is in two weeks, so I probably ought to start hammering some intervals in the meantime, eh?

I'm overly concerned about crashes. Am I just being a weenie?

Any advice would be appreciated. Marlon, your post was helpful, perhaps you could expound a bit?
re: First crit: some questions...bigdave
May 8, 2001 4:27 PM
Marlon's is a good one... gives good insight.

Intervals, yeah, start cranking them out. Start by doing some 1 min on, 1 min off... do like 10 of these, and your *on* interval should be as hard as you can go for the minute. Don't hold back. Sure, you'll be dragging *ss by the end, but that's what intervals are about.

As for the race and crashes, I've done 5 crits now and only have seen 2 crashes, both by single riders doing something silly. Other than that, it's been pretty good. Don't worry about it, hold your line in the corners and be smooth when moving around in the pack.

As for whether to do it and what to expect, well, the kind folks on this board gave me all kinds of advice (stay near the front, etc) but it didn't amount to much in the heat of battle for the first event. Just experience it. Try to stay near the front if you can, but don't worry about results in your first event. Just think of it as a hard day of training.

You'll gain lots of experience which you can then apply to later races... for me, after experiencing it, only then did the advice of others really start to make sense. And with a couple of races under my belt, I was finally able to do some of the things people suggested and have a really good race.

Try it and see.... and have fun!

Big advice from bigdave!E3
May 8, 2001 8:05 PM
re: First crit: some questions...Marlon
May 16, 2001 2:26 PM
Ooops, just got back, finished posting my 2nd race report...

Hope you've entered the Crit - racing's truly fun! I think the most important thing is to not panic when you're racing with a whole bunch of other people in close proximity. Crashes tend to happen when people aren't paying attention or are inexperienced. I think the thrill of racing outweighs by far the risk of crashing though.

When racing, here's what I discovered:

1. Stay close to the front. There's less risk of crashing, you can see what's happening.
2. Don't be afraid to ride agressively - when you jockey for position, it's often a matter of riders facing each other down. Be agressive, but stay safe.
3. Don't touch the brakes unless you absolutely have to!
4. Attack. Get your money's worth! Sure, you may not hold the lead long, but heck, it feels great when you're doing it!
5. Give it your best shot!

And that's that. Give me an email and tell me how it goes. Good luck!