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Old 03-04-11, 10:45 PM   #1
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La Primavera At Lago Vista - Good first race?

I've been riding pretty seriously for about 1.5 years and I want to try some racing this year. The crit series in Austin doesn't start for a couple weeks, but I just noticed there is a road race this weekend at Lago Vista.

Would this be a good race for a beginner? I'm just looking to have some fun and get a taste for racing, but don't want to dish out a bunch of money if I'll probably be off the back and riding 30 miles by myself.

I've been doing group rides for about a year and my FTP is 260+ at ~180 lbs. I really have not done any intervals except FTP stuff since last fall, so I know this is a big weak area for me right now. The course doesn't look too hilly, but not flat either.

IF it is a good first race, should I enter the regular CAT 4/5 race or the masters 4/5?

Any advice/guidance is appreciated.
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Old 03-04-11, 11:02 PM   #2
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A bit late to be asking, but it's one of the harder, more technical races in TX. Mostly up or down. Very fast descent and Sunday's downhill ends in a hard left.
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A bit late to be asking, but it's one of the harder, more technical races in TX. Mostly up or down. Very fast descent and Sunday's downhill ends in a hard left.
Thanks, I was thinking about Sunday and it sounds like it might not be a good fit. Might just go watch tomorrow, I've never even seen a race in person.
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Go Sunday and you can watch people really suffer. They are running things counter clockwise so there will be some 15% ramps. I'm just doing Sunday and heading down tomorrow from Dallas.

Fayetteville would be a great intro.
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Masters' 5s or 4/5s fields are usually less sketchy than open 5s. The riders have more riding experience and take fewer risks.
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Go Sunday and you can watch people really suffer. They are running things counter clockwise so there will be some 15% ramps. I'm just doing Sunday and heading down tomorrow from Dallas.

Fayetteville would be a great intro.
15%?! I must have been looking at the wrong course profile or maybe they smoothed the grade data in the view I had. Sounds like a good time.
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Start with the crit series; also check their website for an intro clinic, next Tuesday i think?

But definitely go check out the Lago course.
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Went out and watched the Pro/1/2 and 2/3 races, pretty cool. Planned to just watch a couple laps and ended up watching the whole thing. A break in the 2/3's was caught with 2 laps to go. Single rider (17 yr old junior) and one other guy got away near the end and barely held off the field. In the P/1/2, an 7-8 person break got out fairly early and was never challenged, basically a sprint finish.

I talked to a couple people today and I think they convinced me to give it a go tomorrow. I'm sure I'll get dropped pretty quick, but hopefully I'll have some company and not get yanked before getting some miles in.

Beginner questions -

Does it matter what Jersey I wear since I'm not part of a team?

Do I need to ride without a saddle bag? (I don't plan to bring an extra wheel and don't want to get stuck several miles out).
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Does it matter what Jersey I wear since I'm not part of a team?

Do I need to ride without a saddle bag? (I don't plan to bring an extra wheel and don't want to get stuck several miles out).
Wear whatever. No saddlebag. Good luck and stay safe.
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