Hey guys, I stumbled across this thread in a search and am looking for some opinions/advice.
The thread is mostly about crashes during crits.
I am interested in starting to race cat 5 but my question is slightly different. I have been riding for a little over a year. I have always rode by myself. Haven't done any group rides or races. Obviously if I were to race I would start in Cat 5. My concern is how can I do it safely. My concern may seem like I am scared to crash but what I mean is I am scared to cause a crash. I definately wouldn't try to cause a crash intentionally but being new I can see it happening. How can I get skilled enough to not be able to cause crashes, near misses, or other frustrating circumstances? Having never raced I do lack experience, so is there anyway to work on this or do you just have to go out and race?