I'm trying to peg out what my first race is going to be. Despite having a limited selection around where i'm going to be this summer i'm finding that the large bulk of the races are crits. I'm honestly not that interested in these types of races, i'd much rather stick to road races and TT's. Alas i have never done any type of racing so i don't really know.
There is a pretty big crit event here in Iowa City that i watched last year, so i know what, at least this one, entails. It just doesn't seem like my cup of tea. Why? They seem too compact with too much sharp turning. That is to say, a little too upbeat for what i think i'd be comfortable with for my first couple of races. I'm wondering if i'm off base here. Despite the change in scenery and distance, is there any real difference between a typical road race and a criterion? I'm strictly speaking for the perspective of on the bike, I'm aware of the differences in how the race is setup.
Any input is appreciated. Including any suggestions you may have for eastern Iowa/southern Wisconsin/northern illinois races (i'd prefer not to drive to Indiana or Michigan...).