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Racing hazards?RGR
Jun 4, 2002 11:01 AM
I wondered if some of you racers out there could give a newbie some insight into the dangers/hazards of racing. How does the risk for injury compare between the pro and entry level categories? Do different types of races TEND to be more dangerous than others? Does the location factor (what state/area) also play a part? I don't have any plans to race for at least another year, if at all. However, it's something I could really see myself getting into and enjoying. On the other hand, I'm a little nervous about entering a sport in which I can expect a new broken bone every race. I guess after 16 years of competitive gymnastics, I've seen enough carnage for one lifetime. Anything you can tell me about the racing scene would be much appreciated.

Thanks,

Rob

P.S. I'm in the Seattle area, if that helps
re: Racing hazards?weiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 11:27 AM
types of injury: mainly you get road rash. few broken bones.
frequency: higher among cat Vs, who are less experienced. general advice is to stay near the front (if you can go off the front, even better).
types of races: crits can be dangerous. TTs are probably safer, not that I've actually been in one.
re: Racing hazards?brider
Jun 4, 2002 11:57 AM
The Seattle scene is VERY active. I suggest checking into a team (I have my personal faves, so e-mail me personally if you want to know) to climb the learining curve quicker. TTs are the safest (individual riders go off at 1 minute inervals). Crits can be pretty hairy. I've had my share of crashes in road races (actually more than crits). If you REALLY want to become primo in the bike handling and crash avoidance, a combination of track riding and cyclocross will get you there quickly. Just hone your pack skills, keep your head up and stay aware. Although I've had my share of road rash, I've only broken one bone (left clavicle). Learning how to fall correctly (tumbling -- you should already have tha covered with your background) and finding a soft spot to land (read: another body) will go a long way to saving your skin. It's rare, but it does happen. I've been to races where the Cat 3's had more crashes than the 5s, and I've seen some pretty bone headed moves even in the 1-2s (one guy slides out of the turn AFTER the finish in a wet crit). It's a hazard of the sport, but injuries of the type to take you out for a while are rare.
re: Racing hazards?brider
Jun 4, 2002 11:58 AM
OOps, forgot the e-mail addy -- brider@wwdb.org
re: Racing hazards?mixinbeatz
Jun 4, 2002 12:36 PM
I agree that the seattle seen has a lot to offer. I can also say that I also crashed this year AFTER the finish line at the Seward spring crit. I went across the line, in full sprint mode in second place and when I looked up I almost ran into the big red pazzo trailer. I laid the bike down and managed to keep one foot on the ground, but Dave D got quite a kick out of it, and made a point to announce my handling skills over the loud speaker!
re: Racing hazards?LC
Jun 4, 2002 5:02 PM
I would try to get out to a few local races to see how they look to you. You should also join a team this fall since that will really help your skills. Do a bunch of the meet the team rides and look for a team that has a bunch of Cat 4/5 riders and a good program to help you build your skills. This link should be updated before Sept and has really good info for you:
http://www.bikementors.com/