Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Tariffville, CT
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The training races typically get 20-30 riders. Anything more than that would be huge. I'd think the course would support 50-60 at a comfortable max.
I think that night was in the 25 rider range. More than 20, less than 30.
The small field sizes is one of the reasons I enjoy the races. It offers much less protection so I have to work much harder, i.e. more wattage, less hiding. The race is extremely relaxed so you can hop back on after you get lapped. One week I got lapped 5 times I think, hopping back in 3x (once I let them pass twice before getting back on) before finally quitting.
I'd say the races are separated into two parts - the "main" race, i.e. attacking, chasing, the first 45 minutes, and the "final" race, i.e. when the 5 laps to go card comes out, and therefore the last laps for the sprint. Your lap standing (i.e. are you lapped more than 1x?) has less to do with contesting the sprint than whether or not you want to work on doing a good sprint.
Since nowadays I rarely "participate" in the middle of a regular race (by attacking, bridging, etc, because I'm groveling at the back), I use the Rent races to play around with that stuff. Often these experiments see me shooting off the back after the fact, but sometimes I can hang in there. If, by chance, I'm sort of in the running for the last 5 laps, I'll save whatever I can until the sprint.
Usually I either place reasonably well (say 5th or so) or I get lapped/shelled. I guess that mirrors my finishes in real races lol.