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    My first race! A short report

    Well, I did it. My first race, a 12-mile flat crit.

    I left my apartment a bit late (time change and all...), and had to rush to get to the race on time, so I pushed a bit harder than I ought to have getting there. Then I couldn't figure out how to get the stupid number onto my jersey, and had to ask someone for help. Then we were at the starting line, and the guy said "No pumps," but it was too late to go leave it with my stuff, so I unstrapped it from my bike and just threw it away (later recovered it).

    I started at the very back of the pack (took one too many warmup laps). The race got off to a relatively slow start, measured by the fact that I could keep up (I have no idea of what is typical). I attacked a bit on the second lap, and hammered my way along the outside of the pack until I was in fourth or so (thought in my mind at the time: "Woohoo! I'm not losing!"). At that point strategy went out the window, and I just tried to hold on. People passed me, and I passed some people (fewer). I later learned that two guys had broken from the front of the pack, and lapped the field pretty early. I didn't see any of this - all I saw was the rear end of whoever I was drafting at the time, and tried to hang onto his wheel.

    At some point I found myself in a four-man paceline, but I found that I need some practice before I can do that safely. So I hammered it on, and two of us broke away We did four laps together, two with each pulling. I think the two pulling laps pretty much did me in, and we got passed on the final lap by the two guys we'd dropped earlier. I didn't sprint at all, mainly because I didn't trust myself to do it safely in the condition I was in. I thought I heard the referee say "OK, that's the last one" after I passed, but that may have been the lactic acid talking.

    So: Possibly last place, possibly not. Did not die. Had a blast. Will definitely do again

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    you finished it without being pulled. more than i can say about my 1st race (which was also a crit).

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    Congrats!

    I too was dropped in my first race, but managed to not get lapped. Welcome to the club!
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    congrats!

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    Nice work!

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    i got dropped like a sack of potatos in my first race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    i got dropped like a sack of potatos in my first race.
    gravity doesn't accelerate objects as fast as i was dropped from the back of my first race. it was ug-lee.

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    Racin aint easy but you have to get your feet wet sometime-first one is the hardest, good luck to ya and have fun.

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    congrats! first race is a blast. i finished 11th my first time, but i still felt like i got thoroughly schooled at the finish since i lost about 6 places in the run to the line. stood up, took three gears instead of two and bogged the engine.
    "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo daVinci

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmhaan
    i got dropped like a sack of potatos in my first race.
    oh yeah, I got dropped hardcore...was lapped by the field on a 1.6mi course. And the race was only like 20 miles long

    congrats on getting out there Gred, it only gets better from here
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    Yeah, I'll just echo the "I got dropped in my first race" sentiment.

    I held on fine until about 16 miles when we hit the 3rd short, steepish climb and I got spat out of the back like I'd just dropped anchor

    Good job

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    you guys are making me feel bad about finishing on the lead lap
    "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." - Leonardo daVinci

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