Did my first USAC Cat-5 race this past weekend...and got beaten and left for dead. They actually left me finish because the field was small (18 riders- broken into 2 because 50 registered) and it wasn't interfering with the second bunch starting an hour after we did. I wish I could cite all the posters who's advice I took beforehand but cannot, so consider this a general thank-you. Suck the wheel in front of you like it's the last one on earth, keep your speed up constantly, watch your gearing and cadence, careful in turns...etc. All taken in and heeded. Unfortunately, they kicked the snot out of me!!
But it was awesome and I can't wait to go back again!
So thank you everyone for your posted advice for a new guy to racing! I felt after riding for over a year now and dropping 50 ish pounds I could hang in there, and I will dammit! Eventually!