I've entered to race my first crit this Sunday. Tell you the truth, I'm nervous as hell...I'm in the unlicensed/cat 5 category...and have no idea what I'm up against.
I'm in good shape, I started racing duathlons (3 under my belt to date)...but that is a very different style. My crit is 25 laps of a 0.9km loop....sounds pretty hectic. Likely will be wet and has a corner nicknamed 'crash corner' (narrow and off camber). I have done some group riding so I'm not too nervous about that aspect...I'm concerned more about how to manage my fuel. Full throttle the entire time? How should I jockey for position...try to get up at the head of the pack asap or wait until a couple laps to go? Attack on the hill?
Anyone have any good strategies? How fast can I expect the race to be? 30-40km/hr range?...the fact any unlicensed rider can join should make it pretty interesting.