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Old 07-21-11, 01:26 PM   #1
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Vic's crit for first race?

http://www.americancycling.org/sites...11/VIc%27s.pdf

I'm thinking of trying this for a first time race. For ACA I'd be SM4 for beginner right? I'm starting late into the season, but I did a bunch of recreational rides, met some racers, and I want to give it a shot. There are some mid week rides around here for beginning/practice (CSP and Boulder crit), but I work late hours a lot and haven't been able to make them. Hence the reason I'm looking for a weekend crit.

My goals are not to cause a crash and not get dropped. I ride a triple so I'm not sure I'll be able to stay in a big sprint at the finish if there is one. Not sure if it's that competitive in SM4.

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Old 07-21-11, 03:07 PM   #2
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Is this a good race to try for first time?
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Old 07-21-11, 11:31 PM   #3
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When you say "rec rides", are you talking about competitive group rides? Are you familiar w/ cornering in a pack, pacelining, riding in a straight line behind someone etc? If so, I say give it a shot. If not, I say work on these skills and maybe hold off on the crit.

Riding a triple won't have any negative effect on your speed, except for the minimal added weight. Don't worry about that.
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Thanks for the advice, I mean things like Denver Century, Elephant Rock, Triple Bypass, and loads of group training rides. I'm familiar with cornering in a pack and holding my line, obviously I'm not pro but I am aware of it and will do my best not to cause a crash. I think I'll give this race a shot, if I don't get dropped I'll be ecstatic
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The course looks flat and you will only be in the big ring. I suggest pre riding the course, if possible, and practice turns at race pace which will give you confidence and will be an asset on race day. Then you do not have to think about if the course is suitable for your skill level.
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To be honest - this is a technical course in terms of the number of corners, with short-ramps leading into each corner, resulting in a higher risk of crashes. Longmont would have been a better race, as the corners were wide, and the ramps long-enough for recovery from hard efforts out of the corners. Also - the CSP races are great practice criteriums, where you are not going to be at risk of crashing as much.

This one is likely going to result in most of the field getting pulled for getting lapped, due to the speed out of the corners, and the accordion effect causing most of the guys to crack mid-race.
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