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Old 05-24-11, 02:43 PM   #226
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dang. looks like I need to get in WAY more base miles. thanks for the input
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Old 10-19-11, 06:06 PM   #227
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dang. looks like I need to get in WAY more base miles. thanks for the input

Never heard of this concept... hahahaa
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Old 01-03-12, 03:46 AM   #228
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Is there any other places that list crit, TT, and road races in my area (MA), besides BikeReg.com? I don't see many listed for 2012.
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Old 01-03-12, 06:25 AM   #229
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That's normal. It takes a while for the schedule to fill out. If you're trying to plan out 2012, look at the events results for last year. There's no guarantee that last year's races will repeat in 2012 but most of them will. You can also check ne-bra.org. They'll start to put up their calendar after the winter meetings.
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Old 01-03-12, 09:20 AM   #230
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Awesome thanks for the link and info. Much appreciated!
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Check here as well. Not all races use BikeReg

http://www.usacycling.org/events/index.php?state=MA

Keep checking the various places because they may not get listed until all the paperwork from the promoter is complete. (or whatever the final step is)
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Old 08-05-12, 04:15 PM   #232
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Thank-You,

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Old 08-28-12, 03:58 PM   #233
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Getting ready for my first race, I found these articles:
http://www.theracingpost.us/Past%20Issues.htm
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Old 08-28-12, 05:55 PM   #234
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Getting ready for my first race, I found these articles:
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This is great. I'm getting ready for my first race in about two weeks and this is just what I was looking for to read
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Would I be better off entering, as a first race:

A) 35 minutes crit
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B) 28 mile road race
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Whichever is closer.
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Whichever is closer.
The crit is like a mile from my house, but they're hosted by the same group, with the crit on a Saturday, and the road race on a Sunday.
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Well, you're probably going to get dropped in either. You probably have no idea what your strengths or weaknesses are. If the official pulls lapped riders in the crit, it could be a short day. If you get dropped in the road race, at least you get a training ride. Since you have given us nothing to work with, that's all I got.
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Well, you're probably going to get dropped in either. You probably have no idea what your strengths or weaknesses are. If the official pulls lapped riders in the crit, it could be a short day. If you get dropped in the road race, at least you get a training ride. Since you have given us nothing to work with, that's all I got.
What kind of info would be useful?
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Have you actually read this sticky, or did you read the Cliff Notes?
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Have you actually read this sticky, or did you read the Cliff Notes?
I skimmed through 6 or 7 pages.
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I skimmed through my answer. Good luck, kid.
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Would I be better off entering, as a first race:

A) 35 minutes crit
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Flip a coin.
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Would I be better off entering, as a first race:

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The crit is like a mile from my house, but they're hosted by the same group, with the crit on a Saturday, and the road race on a Sunday.
As the crit is on Saturday and the road race is not until the following day, it sounds as though the crit will be your 'first' race, followed by the rr on Sunday.

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Land Park/Bariani right? Do both. You'll have 29 hours to recover between races.
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As the crit is on Saturday and the road race is not until the following day, it sounds as though the crit will be your 'first' race, followed by the rr on Sunday.

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Land Park/Bariani right? Do both. You'll have 29 hours to recover between races.
I don't think I'd have the strength to do two races in two days, though. And yeah, Land Park / Bariani.
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I don't think I'd have the strength to do two races in two days, though. And yeah, Land Park / Bariani.
Unless you really can't afford the time or money, do 'em both anyway. Use what you learn Saturday to do better Sunday. That could be as small a thing of finding a good wheel to follow until you get dropped - look for that same wheel or a better one, on Sunday.
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LP/Bariani is fun for me because it's like a mini-omnium. The crit is fast, except for those two pinch points on the backside that require some thought and skill. The road race is wide open, flat (apparently even more so this year), and totally exposed to the wind. Racing in the wind is a skill that every racer needs to learn, especially in NorCal. You will learn so much in two days: about fitness, about following wheels, about when to get in the wind (rarely), about when to stay out of the wind (almost always), etc., etc.
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