I am 74. Will be racing in a 40+ beginner class. 1 lap of about 5 mi's. Location is Patapsco St Park in MD. I am told it is a moderately tough course (have ridden in the area a couple of times) I am riding a 26" HT Marin, a decent low end bike ($500). I have been riding road and MTB's for about a year. I have been running competitive road races for many years so I have some sense of racing competitively.
Holeshots can be important, but it might be wise to let the kids duke it out, and just settle into your pace at the ***.
Short race means no need to worry about nutrition, just one bottle should cover fluids.
Smooth is fast.
With all due respect Marine: Semper Fi. I am retired army myself, Command Sergeants Major, Military Intel/Special Forces, 1989.
Thanks for tips. No Holeshot seems smart, I would probable kill myself anyway. In running I never drank for anything less then 1 hr, but hydrated well prior to. Got it on the "smooth is fast", it's the same in running. Not sure about when to grin, is that when I am being passed or should I just laugh at myself.