I've only been riding the bike for about 6 months, and just recently started riding in the local group rides in the "B" field ride usually is around 50 miles long or so and speeds from 19-23mph with a few sprint zones and regroup points.
I noticed that there is a crit race on my 21st birthday and I think it'd be pretty kick ass to race on your 21st instead of out getting drunk like everyone else does.
I've read pretty much all the race threads, and botto's tips and they have definitely helped.
but with 6 months experience and only half that with group rides am I delusional in thinking I can ride a cat 5 race? I'm going to do it regardless...but just wanted to see what the "group" thought.
btw I know it'll be painful, but I am no stranger to pain...I have been on that edge many many many times.
btw its the Lake Mary Crit north of Orlando that seems to be a tricky course...with cobble stone corners
course is .8 mile 30 min race.
what should I be doing for riding for the 3 weeks up to the race?