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Mar 2, 2002 4:52 PM
do collegiate cat C races and USCF Cat 4 and 5 races have a lot of crashes? last Saturday I was in the Cat C race at Miami, Ohio. it was (for us) a 3 lap, 9 miles a lap course. someone wiped out within the first 10 minutes on the first lap. someone else crashed on the 2nd lap (I think he broke his wrist) and took out one of my teammates. on the third lap, the lead group (with me inside) crashed on a downhill - someone lost control and we all went helmets over handlebars. I think someone broke his collarbone. one of my teammates tacoed his front wheel. the last one finished the race with me, and my rear wheel is dead (rim damage).
so, should I move up to Cat B as soon as I possibly can? or was this just a bad, bad day?
common phenomenon:lonefrontranger
Mar 2, 2002 8:11 PM
variables include:

1) Good to decent spring weather (means above 50 in Ohio and not actually raining so hard you can't see the wheel in front of you).

2) First event of the season, where no one has their pack mojo on yet.

3) Cat C has lots of first-timers and never-evers in it.

Combine all these variables and you get lots of crashes. This sounds like it was worse than usual, but the Cincinnati Spring Series usually had some good yard sales in the 4/5 race early in the series as well.

Sorry to hear this was such a debacle. Oxford's a gorgeous place to race, BTW. Hope everyone's fine, and yes, it does get better.

And yes, you should move up to B ASAP.
common phenomenon:Eric16
Mar 2, 2002 10:47 PM
First races of the season many times have large turnouts and, therefore, big packs. This is going to increase the risk of crashes. When I raced in college I noticed that the packs always decreased in size as the year went on, then shot back up again at regionals. So don't worry, the races will get safer as the season goes on. Your best bet is to just ride towards the front of the group, that will ussually keep you out of trouble. It didn't work for me in my race last weekend, I got hit from behind while avoiding a bunch of downed riders, but it ussually does keep you safe to ride up front. You shouldn't, however, move up a catagory just to avoid crashes. Crashes will happen in every category and moving up before you're ready will just put more inexperianced riders in the B's and increase their field size and chances of crashing. Just ride towards the front of the C's and watch your butt :)
thanks, guys :)weiwentg
Mar 3, 2002 11:33 AM
well, that does make me feel better. we'll just put it down to bad luck, then.
I would say that the team is fine. I have been feeling very crappy the past week; hopefully I will be up to full steam by the weekend. the rear wheel is being rebuilt - argh. should be here by Friday or so. the bike is fine. I think I was the worst injured in the team (and had the second most damaged bike).
anyway, I was actually at the front of the breakaway pack when that crash happened - I'll still take that advice about riding to the front, of course. I'm pretty sure that I can at least survive in the Bs ... being competitive in the B races will wait till next season. I'll probably move up as soon as I place well.
4 crashes in the first 10 mile lapThe General
Mar 4, 2002 7:14 AM
In the second race of the season and probally the first for some. It was around Hagg Lake in the northwest Oregon. There was 2 crashes on down hills and two on the uphills, crazy stuff. People where just to excited and swerving all over the pack. 1 of them was from dropped chain and the guy freeked out and swereved into several others.

Hey it is one way to thin down the pack, right:)

The race itself was a good one my team (EWEB Windpower) made a break that took about 20 of 85 people on the third of four laps. We were able to stay away for the last lap dropping riders one by one until we had about 15 left at the end. I didn't have the legs at the end but my teammate had enough to get 3rd.

The General