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citizen road racingbadgerbike
Jul 15, 2002 1:22 PM
I have a question for you experienced guys out there. I have been training hard to race for next season. I am 32 with no real racing experience. I was planning on entering some cat 5 races next season. However, a friend of mine is racing cat 3 at Downer's Grove at the Sports Grand Prix. He told me, to get my feet wet, that I should enter the citizens masters 30+ race. It's 15 min. + 1 lap. Would this be okay? Are these gonna be guys like me?
Yes, a lot of them are.greg n
Jul 16, 2002 6:22 AM
Others are mtbers that don't have USCF licenses. The problem with that particular race though, is that the field is large and the race is short. That means it's pretty much over before it begins if you're not in the first couple rows at the start.

If you've never raced before, give it a shot. You have to start sometime. My advise is make sure you get a good start position or work your butt off to get to the front group before the hill on the first lap. That hill breaks up the group and pretty much determines the race because it's so short and guys in the citizen class generally won't work together to reel in the leaders. From that point, you'll probably only do 4-5 laps. So sit in and just make sure you have the inside line (Don't want to be outside and get taken out by guys sliding out.)through the final turn for the sprint.

Good luck.
I’ll like you if you’re the one I’m drafting…TFerguson
Jul 17, 2002 1:20 PM
I'm 20 years older, way too fat, and have raced one crit. I'll need all the help I can get.

Also in the Chicagoland area:
8/3 Arlington Classic Crit, Arlington Heights (www.arlingtonbikerace.com)
8/4 Wood Dale Crit (www.geocities.com/redlineracingltd/goahead/wood_dalex.html)
8/11 Winfield III Crit (pws.prserv.net/mswinfield/Criterium/criterium_2002.htm)

Fri. nights are citizen night at the Northbrook Velodrome. Great place to practice your sprints and close riding with fewer riders.

MTB? 7/28 Beginner class at the Dupage Off Road Challenge, Naperville is fun. (www.bicyclesetc-il.com/dorc/index.html)

Terry