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First Crit, what is the best strategy(4 posts)

First Crit, what is the best strategyhairywinston
Aug 9, 2002 3:15 PM
I will be riding my first Crit on sunday, and I have no clue as to what the best approach is. I figured that I would just hang-on to the back for about the first half of the race. At that point I was considering moving up to the front third. I have no idea when the sprint usually happens, or how one approaches it. I have a good sprint, but I don't want to pull someone across the finish line if ya know what I mean. Thanks in Advance
re: First Crit, what is the best strategyLC
Aug 9, 2002 8:07 PM
For your first crit just concentrate on not crashing. It will be very tempting, but do not try to pass on the inside on the corners. If your still in it for the last lap, don't sprint unless you actually have a shot at winning. The final sprint is dangerous in any race, particularly in a crit the crashes happen on the last lap approaching the finish. Let us know how it went on Monday.
if you can, don't hang on the backweiwentg
Aug 9, 2002 11:26 PM
that's where the large majority of the crashes happen. (on a side note, I was at the front both times I crashed this season, but that sort of crash is in the minority).
Stay in front third, sprint if you've still got it at the end-nmKerry
Aug 10, 2002 3:40 PM