I did my first A race at the practice criterium here last night. It was hard, but not as hard as I thought it might be. It was a noticeably different type of race. There was almost always a break up the road, though they rarely lasted more than two laps. The accelerations and average speed were faster, as advertised. At one point, the pack slowed down and got bunched up. I looked down, expecting to see 16mph, but was surprised to see 25mph. The cornering was much better. I noticed less unnecessary braking up to corners.