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To all New racers...(6 posts)

To all New racers...Canidraftyou
Jul 14, 2001 3:12 AM
First thing, im not the authority on the subject, but alot of the guys in here are too good for you and I, and dont care about giving you the time or day. I am about promoting the sport, making it stronger.

If your able to ave. 19 to 20 mph on a solo ride with out any drafting, you should be able to race in a Cat. 5 field. Not saying your going to win, but compete. You need to get in all the group rides you can, for pack experience. The best advice I can give is work on intervals. The pack is going to make "Surges" this will loose a new rider. Learn to sling shot prior to hills if your a big guy like myself, who is tying to hang with the young 130 pounders. Lets see here, oh...you also dont have to have Dura Ace, I got Ultegra/105 mix and its not the difference in finishing last or first. Its all about conditioning and able to stay with the rythem of the pack.

During training, its not always about how many miles you ride, its the quality, the manner in which you did it, and resting your body, not just your legs.

Thats all for now.

Peace out
re: To all New racers...Vance in Montana
Jul 14, 2001 9:34 AM
Thanks Canidraftyou . But I still have those two stupid questions , what exactly is a criterium & how do the catergories in road biking compare to the classes in mtn biking ? Is cat 5 the equivelant to beginer ? Thanks , Vance
re: To all New racers...Canidraftyou
Jul 14, 2001 10:48 AM
I have only done one MTB race, that was a few years ago in the beginer class. I finished 5th out of a med size field. My conditioning is alot better today, and I have yet to finish with the pack in road racing, but never a last place finish and I have never been pulled. In some Crit's they'll pull you if your a risk to the rest of the field or fixing to be lapped. Last week I was two laps from finishing with the front pack in a local crit, of 25 laps plus 3. We ave. 22.8 MPH on a course that was .08 miles long with two short 6% grade climbs. What is a criterium, its the best. Its racing within a couple city blocks doing approx. 25 plus 2 or 3 laps. Some races put hills in the course and some are flat. I live in Arkansas, and have yet done a crit. with out a hill being apart of the course. A crit is several laps of the same short course most common to be located down town around city square or close to it. I have been at a few that was located at a Industrial Park after busniess hours in the middle of the week, which is so cool.

Is a former MTB race able to hang with the Cat. 5, damn I could get alot of negative feed back on this one, let me tell ya, I do Group rides with a large group on Sundays, we have an Expert MTB racer who is very good at what he does. I would put him in at Cat. 3. Thats him, othere unknown.

Peace out
re: To all New racers...Vance in Montana
Jul 14, 2001 12:30 PM
Thanks Canidraftyou , I think you answered my questions .What I meant when I asked how cat 5 compares to beginer mtb was is cat 5 the lowest rung or beginer rung in road racing ? Thanks for helping the new guys . Vance
re: To all New racers...jayz
Jul 15, 2001 2:54 PM
last year, i raced novice mnt bike and finished in the top 5..this year im racing sport and its my first year on the road.
i got squished the first couple cat 5 races i did..it was pathetic...
took me a while to get the hang of it....i think its a little tougher to be honest with ya.
re: To all New racers...MeMyselfandI
Jul 15, 2001 8:01 PM
Around here the top Sport riders (maybe 10 overall), and pack fodder for 4s races.