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Old 05-20-05, 11:17 AM   #1
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Race Starting

I was just wondering how you guys start out a race, one foot clipped in? or do you have both unclipped? I have my first race this sunday, so that is why I ask.
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Old 05-20-05, 11:36 AM   #2
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Left clicked in, crank just past vertical. Seem to be able to catch the pedal better w my right.
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Right foot clipped in as to avoid chainring tattoo on inner calf.
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right clipped in, left on the ground. if your races are anything like ours - it's a pretty slow roll out, so whatever you normally do anyway is probably fine. it's not like horse racing where it's full speed out of the gate.
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Thats good to hear. I kept imagining everyone just bolting at the start and me still trying to get clipped in.
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Oh, that will definitely happen.
Work on riding a straight line as you fumble with your pedals.

And don't feel obligated to start in the front row. Though that seems like the best place to begin your racing career, it's actually safer for YOU to start in the back and watch what happens in front of you.

Tear 'em up!
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I kept imagining everyone just bolting at the start and me still trying to get clipped in.
Or worse yet, you're leaving the portajohn as everyone is clipping in.
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Be original and do a "Le Mans" style start. Lay the bike on the ground, and then stand off to the side of the road. When the gun sounds, sprint to the bike and get in the race.
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Shorter races were always interesting. As soon as the directors car pulled way a few people in front would insist on instantly cranking it up to 28. Things eventually slowed down but I always suffered those first few miles. I needed more than 1 mile to warm up sufficiently before putting the hammer down.
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Or worse yet, you're leaving the portajohn as everyone is clipping in.
Or fixing a flat when everyone is clicking in...

I start all races with my right cliped in, then clip my left in at the start... I am wierd though!
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Thanks for the advice guys. I think I will start out somewhere near the back. The race is a 20min. Crit plus a couple laps on a 3/4mile course so it will be a quick race. I will just play it by ear I guess. Time to go out and practice getting clipped in quick.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I think I will start out somewhere near the back. The race is a 20min. Crit plus a couple laps on a 3/4mile course so it will be a quick race. I will just play it by ear I guess. Time to go out and practice getting clipped in quick.
Good luck...

Just remember, it is more important to clip in without looking down vs the length of time to takes to clip in. I have seen a crash in cat 5 where someone looked down to clip in and crashed
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I carry sticks with me, and throw em in the other biker's wheels as they start. Then I roll by at my leisure
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Left clicked in, crank just past vertical. Seem to be able to catch the pedal better w my right.
... and prior to the "ready... set", put your butt in the saddle (you'll probably be on your right toe to stay up). Just one less adjustment you'd have to make before clipping in.
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There is no ready set in our races, just the shrill of a whistle...
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Good luck...

Just remember, it is more important to clip in without looking down vs the length of time to takes to clip in. I have seen a crash in cat 5 where someone looked down to clip in and crashed
HAHAHAAAA! I was watching the start of one, and some guy fell over while the official was doing the pre race briefing. He took another guy down with him. at Zero miles per hour. I have also raced in crits where there were no crashes in any of the corners, but 3 seperate crashes on the straights....
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HAHAHAAAA! I was watching the start of one, and some guy fell over while the official was doing the pre race briefing. He took another guy down with him. at Zero miles per hour. I have also raced in crits where there were no crashes in any of the corners, but 3 seperate crashes on the straights....
WOW, that sucks. Hope I'm not that guy. Thanks for all the tips guys. I am not so sure about the stick idea but maybe some tacks or something(I can conceal those better). I will give you guys the race report on sunday after the race.
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The other option is to sit at the back in some space and when the starter declares "ten seconds" start to roll, clip in and move slowly toward the line ready to gun it on "go". Takes a little practice but works well if you get the distance right.
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I'm usually clipped in on both pedals and someone is holding me up - but then again that's a 1k TT on the velodrome. Have yet to try it in a crit. ;-)
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Right foot clipped in as to avoid chainring tattoo on inner calf.
Listen to this man, this right there is key.
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both feet in. Lean on the fence or someone else.
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