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First Race in Colorado(6 posts)

First Race in Coloradolread
Apr 23, 2002 11:03 AM
Well, I am registering for my first crit in about 10years. I used to be a decent crit (sprinter) rider back when I lived in Florida years ago. Had some top three finishes locally back then. Now that I live in Colorado, I dont get in as many miles in as I used to, but probably more quality training with limited time. My question is should I try the ACA cat 4 or the 35+/4? I probably have more fitness now that I did then, but my sprint is probably not as good as it used to be. I assume that you cant hide in the pack here as you could in a completely flat Florida course; I dont want to be blown off the back.
It depends on if you want to keep your skin or not.Pack Meat
Apr 23, 2002 1:29 PM
For the first race definitely go with the old guys. They are a little slower but a lot safer. These guys know they have to cross the finish line to win and most of them have jobs to go to on Monday morning and take forever to heal so they are not into taking stupid risks like younger Cat 4s and Cat 3s.

Come on ya young punks try to argue with me, you know I'm right.

Which race are you doing? Celestial Seasoning is pretty flat.
Nope, not gonna argueRockyMountainRacer
Apr 23, 2002 1:54 PM
What can I say? The old guy knows what he is talking about. From the newbie "young punk" perspective doing the ACA cat 4 crits this spring there appears to be quite a lot of carnage. I've done 3 crits so far and there has been at least 1 crash in each of them and and 2 with 2 crashes in each!

I don't know why these guys don't know how to ride--there was a lot less crashing in all the Sport level mountain bike races I did last year, and I did about 10. There is also a lot of disparity in the cat 4 fields--there are some very diesel guys who can just race up front the whole time, and a good amount of unattatched newbies like myself who get blown off the back pretty early. The experienced strong guys try to really put the hammer down for the first 5 laps or so to blow out the newbies and squirrels, then settle down.

I would take Mr. Meat's advice and race the older group so you can cut down on the jackass factor. Wait till you get strong and can race up front before you try to go with the 4's.
Gonna argue.allervite
Apr 30, 2002 3:24 PM
Is 35 a young punk. Can't speak for Colorado but out here in Caly, the 35+ class is usually much stronger than the senior 4/5's. Also, unless it is a small local race, all the squirrels are off the back in the 4/5's by about 5 laps.

Possible cause: tri geeks, mtbers, sandbagging the seniors and older cat 123's sandbagging the masters.
Apr 23, 2002 2:01 PM
The AST course is pretty much a circle with only one real corner - the one coming into the finish line. I agree - do the 35+ Cat IV, they're much safer and it's a smaller field.

Good luck. If it's AST, I'll be doing the Women's IV/35+ at 9AM.
Apr 23, 2002 3:43 PM
The next AST in May. I'm gonna do some race intervals at Meridian first to get that taste of speed back.