I am in the Detroit metro area. My 2 first places and 8 primes were in a Canadian series that IMO is much slower then a normal cat5 crit. I showed up for 3 out of 12 of the races, and finished 2nd overall in points, and 1st in sprinters category.
I can't wait to race again, but most races are done by now. There is a series down in Ohio that still has a few races that I am thinking about doing. Should be worth the drive.
I recently started doing MTBing for the first time in 7 years, and really the first time ever even half way seriously. I bought a 29er SS rigid about a month ago. I did my first race Sunday, decided to enter the men's 19-29 Sport class (non Single speed class) (ranking goes beginner, sport, expert, elite) and finished 5th place out of 10 with a mechanical on my first lap that sent me to the back of the pack by about 30 seconds. Looking at my split times, if I would have raced beginner, I would have won the beginner class by about a minute (they had to do 2 laps, I had to do 3). Doing another one next week. Got to keep spinning my legs somehow.