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Old 08-21-12, 09:53 AM   #1
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1st "race" tonight...

Just wanted to say thanks to the many knowledgable posters here who have shared such great advice for newbs in numerous threads. I've finally gotten the cajones to try a crit after 2 years of riding and 12,000+ miles under my belt. It's a training race on a .8 mile 4 turn park circuit (Bryan park in Richmond), but people take it pretty seriously and I'm looking forward to just trying to stay with the pack in the B race. I'll post here about how it goes later, I'm pretty excited and moderately afraid I'll drop my brand new bike :-(.
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Best of luck!

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Follow other people's lines through the corners, stay smooth, close gaps as soon as possible.
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Good luck and let us know how it went. I'm a jaded old perma-3 so I love to remember the thrill of the first race.
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It's cojones

Cajones means drawers or box, as in desk drawers or pine box. Or was that a Freudian slip? It is a crit after all.....
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It was a slip, you'd think I'd know better being the son of a Panamanian and growing up in Miami! Ooops.
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Anyway, the race- Got there early, rode over with my buddy and we pinned on numbers and warmed up on some roads nearby. We did a couple half speed laps and then formed up for the start with about 40 riders, which kinda caught me off guard. I didn't have the dreaded clip in failure, I just settled into a rhythm and tried to stay in the draft. A guy I ride with a lot was off the front with 4 or 5 guys on the 2nd lap, accelerating and bringing the pace up to around 32 for the back stretch of the little course. They motored away, but I tried to stay in the top 10 or so of the following pack. Honestly, I don't remember much of it, it was like tunnel vision on the wheels ahead of me. I made the mistake of allowing myself to be caught up in constant yo yos where I'd have to grab a tiny bit of brake after following an acceleration and then coming up on a slower rider mid road. I tried to hold my line in corners, I went too tight on the inside on one lap and skidded a tiny bit but made sure I had plenty of room to my side for the riders outside of me. I felt like I went too hard for the first 5 laps, but once I found the wheel of the guy I'd ridden over with I tried to stay on it and rest. With around 4 laps to go, the pace picked up again, and I just kept hanging on, trying to avoid letting a gap form in front of me. Coming into the 2nd to last lap, I was having other riders ease past me, probably about 15th in the main pack. We came up on the last corner and I started to move to the inside to accelerate and try to get up into the front group, but I heard "inside!" and saw that my friend and his chasers who rode off the front were coming through to lap us, so as we came out of the corner and crossed the line I realized my race was over 1 lap sooner than I expected. Shame, because I had a bit left in me for the last lap and felt pretty good. It was really exciting, I think I ended up around 18-20th of 40 or 45 riders. I'm instantly addicted, but sadly my grad school classes are going to keep me from being able to attend this race again before next year. Thanks for the words of encouragement, and I hope I'll have some more stories to share that don't involve being lapped!

Here's my strava file for the race-
http://app.strava.com/rides/19305241

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Good job. You did much better than many of us in our first race.
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Good job. You did much better than I did ever.
Don't be so hard on yourself.

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+3. I was pulled after 6 laps.
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otb in 2 coners...
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I won

...the 2nd to last lap. Otb at finish...
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Good job. Did it fire you up to race some more?
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X1000. I had two main reasons for not racing before- Crappy old bike (not that it is any slower, just a mental block about it) and fear of being dropped. My now-fiancee took care of the first reason by buying me a surprise Madone 2 weeks ago, and riding (and hanging) with the guys who placed in the top 5 on a regular basis took care of my fear of being too slow. Those reasons are gone, and now I just wish I had more time to devote to crits, and especially to road races, which I think I'd enjoy even more.
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X1000. I had two main reasons for not racing before- Crappy old bike (not that it is any slower, just a mental block about it) and fear of being dropped. My now-fiancee took care of the first reason by buying me a surprise Madone 2 weeks ago, and riding (and hanging) with the guys who placed in the top 5 on a regular basis took care of my fear of being too slow. Those reasons are gone, and now I just wish I had more time to devote to crits, and especially to road races, which I think I'd enjoy even more.
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About 50 yards to a 180 at the start of the race and got stuck behind the inevitable pileup. Pulled after 5 laps.
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I actually "won." It was a M35+ 4/5 race, B field. I was way, way, way behind, but the first Cat5 over the line.
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... the first Cat5 over the line.
That's all that matters : )
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