My 7th and 8th Cat 5 races, both ended up on the deck. I was able to ride/walk away from both, and the bike is fine with it's new bartape and scuffed pedals, but I'm second guessing myself after last night's crash.
Being a Cat 5 race, and being that the race sponsors offered the race free to their own "beginning racing club", there was a ton of shakiness in every corner. And being passed meant that the pace would immediately slow a couple miles per hour a few seconds later.
The course was closed, but was only one lane (inside lane) on a two lane road, closed off by cones down the center line. All right turns with two slight lefts on the back side.
Coming into the last right turn prior to the bell lap, we (top 10-12 riders) were going 5 wide. The guys on the inside were hugging the right curb, while myself and a few other riders were on the outside, setting up our line for a wide turn. Of course, the guys on the inside go through the corner wide, pinching the outside, and sending me into the cones/guy to my outside, and in-turn flipping me off and planting my helmet on someone's rear tire (cool tire mark on the temple, but I think I may have crushed it a little).
Guys were routinely hugging the inside lines, not taking corners how one would instinctively take them by starting wide and ending wide (at least, I thought that was instinctive). The front of the line was often lining up very inside, then sweeping wide, going much slower than needed.
My question: if people are lining up improperly for a turn, do you:
A) take the line with them so as not to go against the grain
B) line up the way you feel you should and hope they adjust accordingly (like I and a few others foolishly did)
C) sit up and let the carnage unfold in front of you, then hammer to get back into it.
D) time trial off the front and take the turns however you feel