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Old 03-20-05, 05:37 PM   #1
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My first criteriums

Well, last friday I had never before raced. Now I feel initiated after racing two crits this weekend.

On Saturday I raced the CU crit which was 40 min for my Cat 4 group which included about 75 riders. I was incredibly nervous on the start and my hr was at 130 just sitting on the line! It was a tight, short and fast loop. I just kinda got the feel of moving around the group, taking corners in it, and trying to become otherwise 'comfortable' with it. I made a pretty rookie mistake of watching my clock instead of the lap timer so I was unprepared when the sprint came. I was up toward the front so I still took away somewhere between 15th-25th (results not yet posted). I was pretty dissapointed because I felt like I had A LOT left and could have contested the sprint and maybe took top 10.

On Sunday I raced in Golden at a trainings series. In this group there was 85 riders and it was a wide, long, sweeping course. It lasted 55 minutes. I was much much less nervous at the start and tried to simply focus on the task at hand. Anyways, as the story with any Cat 4 crit,
1. attacks were launched the whole time and the guys at the front would neutralize them as if their lifes depended on it.
2.There was one crash toward the back that caught a couple of guys out

Luckily I was doing ok holding wheels when the accelerations came and also rode toward the front.
At the end I got pinched in a few corners but managed to work my way back to come away with 7th place. I'm pretty stoked about it. Only 9 more top 10's to upgrade. I'm excited for when I learn to put everything together toward the end so I can maybe get podium.

So, all in all a very very fun weekend. I finally have my first races out of the way and now I can concentrate on just getting better!
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Old 03-20-05, 05:53 PM   #2
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The CAT4 race was pretty fast that day... i clocked a 26.1 mph average for the race. It was over before I even knew it. I remember looking down at my HRM at about 20 minutes, then saw the lap counter at 9. Next thing i knew the bell was ringing for the final lap and everyone started jockeying for position. I kept calm and just remained up front. On the last curve (about 50 meters from the finish) I should have jumped... i really think I could have taken that guy from HART for the win - he obviously didn't hestitate to make his move. Oh well... I settled with 7th (thought i was 5th, but I saw my place on the preliminary sheet when they were done reviewing the correct race video).

Congrats on doing well in your first crits this past weekend. CAT4 races here in CO are pretty competitive... and typically pretty fast.
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If you had never raced before why did you start in the 4's instead of 5's?
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There are no 5's in colorado, we are just THAT good out here... haha
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Congrats on making it through your first race weekend! Best of luck with your races in the future.
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There are no 5's in colorado, we are just THAT good out here... haha

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Its true, I've heard that our cat 4 races are actually as fast many cat 3 races on the east coast. I can't validate that, though. The real reason we don't have cat 5 is because ACA doesn't have cat 5. The rare USCF race out here does have cat 5 as I understand.
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Convert, FYI USCF folks generally don't like you to use training races as part of your upgrade...and I'd say the idea about Western riders being better than Eastern riders is a bit of BS, but then thats only based on the experiences of my friends and teamates...
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Convert, FYI USCF folks generally don't like you to use training races as part of your upgrade...and I'd say the idea about Western riders being better than Eastern riders is a bit of BS, but then thats only based on the experiences of my friends and teamates...
It is ACA not USCF.
Also, from what a few other racers told me, I think they called it a 'training series' only to calm the usually hectic early season races. I heard there were still upgrade points. Anybody who knows for sure can feel free to correct me.

Regarding western riders being better than eastern riders...let's leave that to another thread.
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First... regardless of what type of race it is or how you want to count it towards upgrading... just enjoy racing in CAT4 and do well in that category for a season. I don't see what the rush is to upgrade... know what I mean? Besides, I believe the rule states "20 points in any 12-month period -or- 25 qualifying races with a minumum of 10 top-10 finishes".

Second... without getting into a huge "West vs. East" battle, I personally can't say which area has the strongest riders, as I feel it is all relative. I hear there is a higher concentration of riders out here, thus explaining the large fields because of the limited number of races that are easily accessible. The more guys you have in a field, the greater the probability of there being some guys in that field that can really kick butt. I hear out East there are more races; therefore, the "talent pool" is spread out a bit more. I spent a winter out East 2 years ago and I can attest that the riders out there weren't schleps... those guys can ride!
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