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First Pre-Race ActiviteskRaZy_kaRL
Apr 14, 2003 9:49 AM
Yup, i am participating in my first road race this upcoming weekend. Its a crit with a 1.2 mile loop and distance of 45 min + 2laps. I am wondering how i should warm up for this event besides riding the course a few times....? Another question I have is about riding with a teammate... How productive is it to stay together even if one of us is holding the other back? I am pretty excited for it and hope to do well. I'll let u all know how it turns out
thanks in advance
re: First Pre-Race ActivitesMR_GRUMPY
Apr 14, 2003 12:35 PM
You need to get your HR. up into zone 4 at least for a minute or two. Warm up for at least a half hour, starting in zone 1. After a few minutes go to zone 2, then zone 3.
You've got to be ready, in case the race takes off at 30 mph, for a lap or two, or three.
re: First Pre-Race ActivitesNo_sprint
Apr 14, 2003 12:47 PM
I like nearly an hour on the trainer and a few laps.
re: First Pre-Race Activitestriple shot espresso
Apr 14, 2003 1:23 PM
I need about 45 minutes but some of my teammates need a lot less. How long do you have to ride before you feel like going fast? That's how long you warm up. Rule of thumb is the shorter the race, the longer the warm up.

So who's the slow one? You don't need to stick together. If one of you is slow enough to not be able to follow the others wheel it sounds like the slow one will not be in the field for very long. If that's the case the point is moot. If you're in a stage race, it's a different story. If you both get shelled at roughly the same time then you work together and stay together because you're teammates.
sweat baby, sweat!sacheson
Apr 14, 2003 1:49 PM
I always show up to the start of a crit nice and warmed up ... and make it a point to be sweating (not dripping, mind you).

Also note - a crit ALWAYS starts fast then slows up. Cat 4s and 5s (what you'll probably be racing) are known for "negative racing" meaning they'll always chase someone down and the race will almost always come down to a sprint. Don't get caught up in the adrenaline and think you have to a) attack or b) chase down every attack - someone will have that covered for you. Try to ride in the top 10 throughout the race, then duke it out in the last 200 meters.

Also, whatever you do - DON'T YELL "INSIDE" when you are cornering. That's for dorks.

Keep the rubber side down. No doubt you'll get to witness several demonstrations reinforcing the laws of physics. And most of all - enjoy yourself. The race is not necessarily about how you finish, but how you raced it. Some of my best races I finished out of the top 10. Find pride in your performance, not in the perceived performance of others.

Finally, post with your results!
Stay with the pack, not with your friendKerry
Apr 15, 2003 4:44 PM
Warm up as described by others. You want to do a couple of high intensity jumps in the last few minutes of your warmup. Arrive at the start line sweating but not out of breath. In a criterium, there is only one place to be, and that is with the first 10 or so of the pack. If your friend is "holding you back" from that position, you might as well say "Hello back door!" because you're soon going to be going out of it. If you start drifting back in the pack, you'll get whip sawed coming out of every turn and be shelled pretty fast. Leave it to more experienced people to chase breaks, and just stay near the front. Don't take pulls "because it's only fair" to share the work. If you're winning races, then you may have some responsibility at the front, but otherwise you're just towing others while they rest.
Results.... :-(kRaZy_kaRL
Apr 21, 2003 8:07 AM
Wowza, ya know when u think u are in some sort of shape and then the sh** hits the fan...
Well i did the Cat 4/5 race and it started out at about 30 mph and i was able to stick with the group for a lap then my heart exploded and i was dropped like a brick. Ended up getting 15th out of 20, however i was lapped twice by the 14 in front of me. Hehe, talk about dishearting. But i finished my first race. I have decided to skip the race this weekend and train hard this week and next, so as to be ready for the first mountain bike race on the 4th. No reason to be shamed there with my new mountain bike.
thanks for all your help
have a good race season
It's an eye-opener, isn't it?shirt
Apr 21, 2003 1:05 PM
The only way to find out how fit or how fast you are is to race. And even lower cats can be obscenely fast for a very fit recreational cyclist. Most of the readers of this board belong to a small group of sick puppies who enjoy spending many hours a week deeply redlined and coughing blood. You will find yourself either strongly attracted to or repelled by the type of effort required to be competitive.

BTW, you might want to try a Cat 5 road race next time instead of a crit. They go a little slower and chances are you won't get shelled until the end.

Let us know how your mtb race goes...