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Criterium Racing in the Rain(7 posts)

Criterium Racing in the RainChonola
Aug 29, 2002 8:51 AM
Any advice for Criterium racing on wet roads?

Angela (aka Chonola)
re: Criterium Racing in the Rainbrider
Aug 29, 2002 9:19 AM
Preview the course carefully. Look for paint stripes in corners, manhole covers, etc. that will be extremely slick when wet. Avoid those when possible. Don't try to power out of a corner on paint (sure recipe for a rear-wheel hop at best, and a full-out slide at worst). If the rain has been falling a while, the oils imbedded into the road surface will be washed away and traction won't be all that different than when dry\. Want to see REAL terror? Watch the faces of a Cat 4 field when it starts raining while they're staging for a race. You may want to drop your tire pressure slightly (though for some tires this makes little difference). One of the biggest problems I've come up against is just being able to see when there's so much road spray coming off the wheels in front of you. Of course, the obvious solution is to take a flyer and solo away, but that's not always an option.
Hah, HAh, Hah...THat is so trueJames Curry
Sep 20, 2002 10:01 AM
Sorry Brider I had to say, that I laughed my ass off! You hit it on the head about Cat 4 riders and rain. Saw this for myself in SC last Spring.

Speaking of you, do you remember me? I have raced about 12 times this season and was very pleased. Cat V to Cat IV. Still have trouble in Road Races, but crits are all of a sudden fun.
re: Criterium Racing in the RainDeadGame
Aug 29, 2002 9:25 AM
Man-hole Covers, Reflector strips anything with a smooth surface becomes a hazard especially thru the corners. Ride the course before know where they are

Powering out of corners a little later than you would on dry surfaces is helpful.

Keeping the bike more upright thru the corners use your body to carve the turn.

Run 8-10% less psi in your tires

re: Criterium Racing in the Rainscary slow
Aug 29, 2002 9:26 AM
I just completed my first race in the rain. I was quite surprised to find that I was able to rail the corners without any slipping. Of course I am certain this will vary depending on the tires you are running and the road surfaces.
My only suggestions would be to pre-ride the course and pay particular attention to the road surfaces. Any transition areas, i.e. pavement to brick, especially in the corners can make things a little hairy and stay off the painted lines, especially in the corners.
I would also stay close to the front of the group. This way your are less likely to get tangled up in a crash.
One other thing...greg n
Aug 29, 2002 10:06 AM
Some people might think this doesn't matter much but...

run some lemon juice or degreaser around you're tires let it sit a couple minutes and wipe it off. This will help to dissolve and clean off the road oil that builds up on them.

Maybe it doesn't make that much of a difference, but every little bit helps in the rain.
Stay on the inside in corners! (nm)shirt
Aug 29, 2002 10:26 AM