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Old 07-17-07, 07:02 AM   #1
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First race

So im entering my first race today.

Its a 25 lap crit at Bryan Park . In Richmond Va .

Any tips or advice to give a first time racer ?



Besides dont crash and guard my front wheel .
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Old 07-17-07, 07:44 AM   #2
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Thanks.

I read that on here actually. I Lurk .Someone said that the shorter the race the longer the warm up, and vise versa .
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Any tips or advice to give a first time racer ?
Stay out of the wind by burying yourself in the middle to middle-front of the pack.

On your first race, do it for the experience and not for the competition. Use the race to get used to riding in close quarters with others at 20+ MPH. Stay loose--don't tighten up in fear or anxiety, because this will increase your reaction time.

Expect the unexpected.

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Old 07-17-07, 08:12 AM   #4
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On your first race, do it for the experience and not for the competition. Use the race to get used to riding in close quarters with others at 20+ MPH. Stay loose--don't tighten up in fear or anxiety, because this will increase your reaction time.

Expect the unexpected.
Yeah thats part why I made this post, Because I am nervious about being in a large pack . Ive done a few group rides to try and get used to being so close to others while riding but never at race pace.
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Yeah thats part why I made this post, Because I am nervious about being in a large pack . Ive done a few group rides to try and get used to being so close to others while riding but never at race pace.
You may want to see if there are any training races in your area. These are great for "getting your feet wet."

Group rides aren't quite the same, because in a race, like a crit, you could be elbow to elbow with other racers and within inches of the wheel in front of you. You have to really be aware of sudden slow downs and accelerations.
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This kinda is a training crit . If I get dropped off the back I can wait a lap and re join the group.
But no chances for a win or preems .
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Bryan park is a training criterium ... get there early enough so that you have time to register, get dressed and put your # on, take a couple laps (if course is open, otherwise just roll around the parking lot a bit), then line up and ride safely and predictably. You'll be doing the B race, so you'll be in with both Cat 4s and Cat 5s, some of whom might be beginners, others might have alot more experience. Safe and predictable, like flowing water ...

http://www.richmondciclismo.com/id41.html
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That's a great course, nice and shady and protected from the wind. I believe the 1st Tuesdays of the month they add an additional C race for Jrs and recreational riders.
+1 on safe and predicable. No sudden movements and keep your line. Relax and have a good time. 40 mins maybe a long time for your first crit but get in as much work you can and get the feel for it while you're in there. They'll probably be a few breaks early so don't redline too early and blow up. And remember this is a TRAINING crit - no need for risky moves.

Since you're in that area, check out the Go Fast Turn Left #3 race in August. This is held on the Southside Speedway. An easy oval course. The August race should be fun since this is the last BAR race and they are having the track races under the lights after the road races complete. Since it's held at the 'racetrack', coolers with frosty beverages are welcomed - beer belly and rebel flags are optional.
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BE the BIKE.

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P.S. And post your race report tonight.
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Ummmm, ride fast...
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got a report yet?
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Little late, but; Don't pull.
In my first race I thought I was fast enough and pulled the entire way, wouldn't you know it, as soon as the bell rang my calves knotted up like nothing you could ever imagine.
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Race report

Sorry I got back a bit late.

The " training " race was nice . I went in expecting to just barely hold on , once we rolled out the start I was so nervous about just not wrecking, I didnt think about anything but that. I think four laps in I feel wonderful not working at all . I sit in and do nothing because Im new and such. Then behind me ( two riders back) I hear a petal smack the pavement and then there was a crash. After that the main pack split into two packs. Luck would have me in the front pack . On that very same lap, right after the crash one gentleman sprinted off the front with no one daring to follow at all . Like I said Im new so I just sit in. When the rider crosses the line for the next lap the preem bell starts ringing. I figure "why not " so i brake out from 3 riders back from the front. I get within 10 feet from the rider . I see him ( older faster/better) look back at me closing the gap . I guess either he turned up the wattage or I started to fall off ( still felt great) and the gap stops closing and he wins the preem. I fall back into the pack where I continue to hang out and jockey for position for the rest of the race . Getting much more comfortable being in a tight pack .

Kinda sounds boring on paper .

But it was a rush for me, and I'm glad that I wasn't involved in the crash like most first time racers . \


Thanks for all the advice everyone.
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Race report

Sorry I got back a bit late.

The " training " race was nice . I went in expecting to just barely hold on , once we rolled out the start I was so nervous about just not wrecking, I didnt think about anything but that. I think four laps in I feel wonderful not working at all . I sit in and do nothing because Im new and such. Then behind me ( two riders back) I hear a petal smack the pavement and then there was a crash. After that the main pack split into two packs. Luck would have me in the front pack . On that very same lap, right after the crash one gentleman sprinted off the front with no one daring to follow at all . Like I said Im new so I just sit in. When the rider crosses the line for the next lap the preem bell starts ringing. I figure "why not " so i brake out from 3 riders back from the front. I get within 10 feet from the rider . I see him ( older faster/better) look back at me closing the gap . I guess either he turned up the wattage or I started to fall off ( still felt great) and the gap stops closing and he wins the preem. I fall back into the pack where I continue to hang out and jockey for position for the rest of the race . Getting much more comfortable being in a tight pack .


Kinda sounds boring on paper .

But it was a rush for me, and I'm glad that I wasn't involved in the crash like most first time racers . \


Thanks for all the advice everyone.
i'll print this up and get back to you.
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On that very same lap, right after the crash one gentleman sprinted off the front

Attacking after a crash on a training crit - classy.

Nice report and glad you hung in there. Ask alot of folks about their first time race reports and you'll get alot of DNF, OTB quickly and rode solo, etc.
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i'll print this up and get back to you.

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I didn't even think about what I typed.

Edit: "This kinda sounds boring typed out ."

Oh and after the final sprint for the finish I ended up 8th.
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Oh and after the final sprint for the finish I ended up 8th.
That's great for your first crit. Hook up with the Nature's Path/3 Sports team. They always have a strong field in most races.
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On that very same lap, right after the crash one gentleman sprinted off the front

Attacking after a crash on a training crit - classy.

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I don't know why this is considered bad form by some??? Are you supposed to wait? There's a free lap anyway so its not like the're out.
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Hook up with the Nature's Path/3 Sports team.
Spoke with a few people only one I remember is Oliver . He was a nice guy.
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