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First hot crit coming uphrv
Jul 9, 2002 7:43 AM
Will be doing my first crit in 90 + temps. Last time it was only 80 degrees and I felt the heat degrade my performance. That asphalt really can magnify the effects I guess. Any tips on surviving? Been riding in 90 degrees but no full out efforts. Maybe keep my warmup laps down to a minimum to avoid overheating before the start? Normally sip some water during the race.

Maybe not do the race and sit on my trainer indoors with a fan, watching the Tour?

going fast evaporates more sweat. nmbill
Jul 9, 2002 1:08 PM
is there any way at all that you can train in the heat?weiwentg
Jul 9, 2002 7:28 PM
one does need to get acclimatized. I presume that temperatures at home are the same as those you will experience in the crit...
oh, and strap a camelbak on under the jersey (as per LFR). much easier to drink from, in my limited experience.
is there any way at all that you can train in the heat?hrv
Jul 10, 2002 7:56 AM
Yeah, I'm slowly getting acclimated to the heat now. Did the crit last night and had no problem in spite of the 95 degrees. Took a couple less warmup laps and hung out in the shade putting ice cubes on my head and neck before the race.
Water bottle worked fine on the straight-aways.

Was in 5th but on final lap decided to help share the load and took way too long/hard of a pull (had some wind) and I blew up. Heat had some effect but humidity was pretty low. All in all, a great heat training day!

re: First hot crit - FOLLOW THESE 3 THINGS!Colorado Premier Training
Jul 10, 2002 11:57 AM
What your dealing with is acclimatizing- could be altitude, heat, humidity, cold, etc.
#1. Make sure you train in the same weather you will race in for at least a week.
#2. *MOST* athletes are in a constant state of dehydration. A normal (sedintary) person will lose 1-2 Litres of water a day! Make sure you're well hydrated for the race/ride and you will feel Much better. In hot day's it's very neccessary for you to replace electrolytes - find a drink that tastes good to you and your stomach can tolerate.
#3 You'll definitely need a warm-up! Find a nice cool place in the shade and always be drinking.
#4 It's true that some people are effected more by the heat than others. One person I coach in particular does very well in extremely high temps, others struggle all the time with it.
The best thing you can do is stick by these few rules!
If you have any other questions for me specifiaclly you can post them at
Steve Owens, Professional Cycling Coach
Thanks for the tips!hrv
Jul 10, 2002 2:17 PM
And I'll need them, since it's going to be 95 - 105 for about 5 more days here. I'll find out by the 4th or 5th day how acclimated I really have become.

well, good luck then.weiwentg
Jul 10, 2002 4:16 PM
FWIW, it's about that temp in Singapore, and the humidity is awesome (in a bad way). it's raceable if you're conditioned, but you have to drink a lot.