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Should I try a Road Race ?(8 posts)

Should I try a Road Race ?flyinbowlofmilk
Aug 31, 2001 5:33 PM
I am a newbie to Road racing. I was wondering if I should try a Road Race this year. Or should I wait until next year? I have been riding on weekend by myself ,due to the fact that I work from 3-11,and don't have a car. I have been riding now for 3 weekend going on 4 weekends. I have Started off riding 5 miles and then I gradually build my miliage up and speed up to 31mph max and 13avg.. Should I try to build it up some more,and wait until next year to try a Road Race?
re: Should I try a Road Race ?Steve
Sep 1, 2001 10:59 PM
31 Max? is that on level ground? I would try to get your AVS to like 15-20 before road racing and expecting to place well. IF you don't expect to place well, go out and have fun :)
re: Should I try a Road Race ?bear
Sep 2, 2001 10:35 AM
Maybe a touring club first to get your miles up and long rides, maybe a century under your belt. I did a 80 mile ride in 6 hour and the guy who was park next to me did 100 in 6 hours, and he was an older guy like me ( around 50 I guess). on crit guys do 25 all day long and the longer races have some unreal climbs. work on speed and and long ride once a week.try coach Carl at
I say go for it...curious
Sep 3, 2001 9:13 AM
although you may not win you will gain experience and get a feel for what to expect when you do want to win. Staying at the front of a crit is important and hard work. Once you realize how much you must suffer in a race you won't know how much you have to suffer in training to be able to race well. I hope that makes sense. If you get blown out the back of the peloton try not to get discouraged. Instead use that feeling to motivate you to train harder. Those that win put in quality training but you won't know how much it takes until you race. Good luck.
Monkeys and a man in a yellow hat.Woof the dog
Sep 4, 2001 1:16 AM
I say take your time. Thats what I did. I rode for like two years before I started racing. I don't want to disappoint you but you don't have the right milage and probably the technique to do any kind of racing. I know I will get flamed for what I just said, but you gotta understand where I am coming from: you will have loads more fun if you prepare well for at least a year (and not a couple of weekends) and then smash your own expectations in the race. I got 4th in my first ever (collegiate) race because I already gained the necessary milage and group riding skills. I assume you don't have that. We're seriously wishing your participation in sport, but your unpreparedness may push you away from racing due to some mistake. So, take your time, ride with other people, see how you do compared to them, perfect your technique (pedal stroke, handling skills, etc.). Remember to warm up for the ride, have your position adjusted properly on the bike, remember to drink, spin more, pull on the upstroke, stretch after the ride (very important!!) Ah man, so many things to remind you of. We could talk for hours. When I was only starting out I'd spend (and still sometimes do) countless hours on forums like this one. How old are you anyway?

Woof the dog.
P.S. I believe in cheezeburgers, lettuce and mayo.
Woof is rightFlava
Sep 4, 2001 6:20 AM
Right now, based on your message, you don't have the conditioning nor the group riding skills. Spend the fall and winter training and start racing next season. If you don't have an indoor trainer you should consider purchasing one. Go to Coach Carl's site, get hold of Friel's book, etc..

Good luck and best wishes.
I second thatnestorl
Sep 4, 2001 6:54 AM
get many more miles riding with a group. Join your local bike club and begin to ride with them. They will teach you tons. There is much more to racing than pedaling fast. Not only you may be disappointed after your first race, but you risk making tons of enemies if you make a mistake and create a nasty fall for many. Racers are not known for being nice to new comers who are dangerous on the road. Well, risking hate mail....racers are not known for being nice to new comers Period.

Get more miles...train hard.. and racing will be fun.
I'm not ready...Wannabe
Sep 4, 2001 10:00 AM
Hey Fly,

I'm in the same boat you are. However, I know I'm not ready. I ride about 100 miles a week or a little more at about 16.5mph average (riding solo). I went out on a group ride with my local club (great group BTW) on their advertised "slow" night. It was great fun but I was redlining the whole time. We averaged 19mph for the 25mile ride. I didn't get dropped off the back, but I came in with the most "relaxed" pair of club members (two other newbies did get dropped and club members did stay back for them). My HR averaged like 177-180 for the whole ride!

Anyway, I did ALOT better than I expected, but I still have no aspirations about racing this season.

Follow the others' advice here. Get your training miles and intensity up, join a local club for a ride or three and then re-evaluate your schedule.

See ya out there next season (hopefully)!

Andy - Wannabe