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Cat 5 First crit?(6 posts)

Cat 5 First crit?neverspeakingup
Jul 7, 2003 6:23 PM
I apologize if this is a repost, but for a general 30min+3lap cat 5 crit, what sort of shape do I need to be in. I know bike handling has to be top notch, because Cat 5's are gonna be squirrely as hell. Do I need to be able to solo at 20 or more to stick with this pack? What am I looking at here?
Jul 7, 2003 8:10 PM
The last Cat 5 crit I was in had an average speed of 25mph and had two low speed turns in it. If there are sandbagers you are gonna be in trouble if you don't spot them early and latch onto thier wheel. The main thing is to stay relaxed and keep to the front of the pack in the turns. If you slip to the back you'll be yo-yoed out of competition.
re: Cat 5 First crit?Sharkman
Jul 8, 2003 2:38 PM
I am also in my first year of racing. I average 19 - 20 solo training rides on fairly hilly ground. Nothing flat in SW WA where I live and train.

They have a crit series at a local auto race track that is pancake flat that I have raced in twice. Got dropped the first time half way through, but finished the second race with the pack. Average speed of second race 24.7 mph.

All races, tracks, hill profiles and competition are different of course, but hopefully the above is helpful

re: Cat 5 First crit?I Love Shimano
Jul 9, 2003 1:28 AM
it's not about average speeds. it's about how fast you can recover from all those sprints!
Sprint after each turn automatically.niteschaos
Jul 9, 2003 7:42 PM
If you wait for a gap to form and then you try to close it you'll wear yourself out. Just instinctively get out of the saddle or spin out hard from each turn to keep up with those in front.
The race does not always go to the swift or the battle to thebill
Jul 14, 2003 7:49 AM
strong. Or whatever that is.
Don't worry about average speeds. Crits are very tactical. There are monsters in Cat 5 races who can smoke you up and down. Don't worry about them. Just hang on to a good wheel (which likely will change during the race), don't let gaps form, and stay out of the wind. You don't need to be as strong as the monsters.
You'll never know until you do it, so you just need to do it.