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Old 03-01-09, 03:50 PM   #1
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Trainers for crit/road race warmups?

(Almost) everyone at TTs warms up on trainers. What about your crit/road racer types? or is it considered odd.
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I thought you said you raced?
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You've been here long enough to knowthe answer, Sockpuppet.
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what kind of road races have you been to. usually warming up on a trainer is the norm
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I thought you said you raced?
I raced crits more than a decade ago. Back then no one used trainers, at least at the races I did. The only races I've done since then is TTs.
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You've been here long enough to knowthe answer, Sockpuppet.
Incorrect, Cockpuppet.
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I rarely see people on trainers at any races but Crits.
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I rarely see people on trainers at any races but Crits.
Uh, ever been to a TT?
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Uh, ever been to a TT?
Time trials are not races, hoss.
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what kind of road races have you been to. usually warming up on a trainer is the norm
I don't think I saw a single person on a trainer before any of my races this year.
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(Almost) everyone at TTs warms up on trainers. What about your crit/road racer types? or is it considered odd.
First, people who have trainers usually use them for TTs. Many do not have a trainer and warmup on the road or just prefer to warmup on the road. I did a TT on Saturday and I always use a trainer but many did not have one and they did very well.

I use a trainer at road races. Although, I generally do not do crits, I plan to participate in a stage race and plan to warmup for a crit and TT the first day and a road race the second day.

I just prefer a trainer to the road. I think you get a better warmup and I can listen to music. If the weather is wet, you can warmup under a tent.

At our mass start races, the pace is fast right from the start and many races do not allow warmup on the course. A trainer is my choice for all racing formats including the track.
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I'm guessing you've done very little in the way of crit or road racing.
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Time trials are not races, hoss.



1A2. A bicycle race is a competition among persons using bicycles where awards are given on the basis of relative performance.

1A25. A race series is a sequence of race events of the same type (such as road, criterium, time trial, track or MTB) conducted in a single state generally on a regular basis at the same location, time, and day of the week.
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I'm guessing you've done very little in the way of crit or road racing.
You mean those events where people sit on your wheel while you do the work and then sprint at the end? Yeah, I've done some of those.

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Uh, ever been to a TT?
Uh....I do about 10 a year. Out of the 80+ people usually at TT's, I see maybe 5 of them on trainers.

Therefore, and read it closely this time;

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I rarely see people on trainers at any races but Crits.
Meaning, 99% of people at TT's around here are warming up on the road.
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I use a trainer before our road races - because most of the time it's 100% from the gun to shed the slow guys before things settle back down. If I'm not warmed up, those initial surges hurt more than I'd like.
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Lots of people here (NorCal) use trainer or rollers for crit/road race warmup. I've seen people warming up on trainers or rollers for hillclimb road races. Usually the short ones, but I've seen guys on trianers/rollers before stages of the Everest Challenge (the stages are 5-7 hours for the faster riders). If you warm up well on a trainer or rollers it's awfully conveinent.

I warm up really poorly on a trainer so I have to find a road instead. I've always been able to find something, but sometimes it's not very good. There's an increased risk of a last minute flat when you warm up on the road. If it's cold out you will be warmer on a trainer.

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Uh....I do about 10 a year. Out of the 80+ people usually at TT's, I see maybe 5 of them on trainers.
Wow. I guess it's a local thing.
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I raced crits more than a decade ago. Back then no one used trainers, at least at the races I did. The only races I've done since then is TTs.
Interesting how trainers went from non-existent to "absolutely critical" in just a few years.
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(Almost) everyone at TTs warms up on trainers. What about your crit/road racer types? or is it considered odd.
it's not considered odd to WU on a trainer at a TT, crit, or RR.
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I'm guessing you don't know who the Duke is, or you wouldn't be talking down to him.

Most college racers warm up on trainers, for whatever reason, maybe because it looks pro. I have a picture somewhere of about 15 Navy racers all lined up in a perfect row on their trainers, with their coach walking in front of them talking tactics.

I don't own a trainer, so for crits our team usually shares them. I feel like I can get a better warm-up on a trainer, and not have to worry about making it back for the start. Just takes a couple more things off my mind before the race.

For road races I usually ride on the road to warm up, since it isn't as important to be warmed up really well. There is also more room around road races to ride, and nicer roads. Getting outside a crit course and back on can be tricky at times.
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I'm guessing you don't know who the Duke is, or you wouldn't be talking down to him.
Frankly, I don't care who he is. And stating fact is not "talking down" to anyone.
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I use a trainer for TTs, crits and cyclocross races. Road races not so much.
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Frankly, I don't care who he is. And stating fact is not "talking down" to anyone.
Well, the fact of the matter is that the many times that I raced against Rock Racing, Kelly Benefits, Bissell, Kenda, HealthNet, Jittery Joes, Toyota United or Astana (well...once), and many other pro and amateur teams, I don't think I saw a single person warming up on a trainer before our races.
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