Took part in a short dirt crit this weekend and did pretty good considering, but I did have a question. In a race, especially at the beginning when things are tight, do you call out passes?
The early part of the race had a couple of hairpins in a field and I was moved to the back third of the small field. Once I got to a place I felt like I could pass, started moving up the right, but was promptly cut off, hit wheels and went down. Between the fall and fixing the chain, I was in dead last. By the end of the race I moved back up to 7th (out of 13 finishers). Thinking back, I don't remember if I had time to let the rider know where I was once he started to move, but should I have said something as started moving up (to potentially stop him from coming over)?
When I did start passing guys on the singletrack sections I would call out the pass because it was the easiest way (some of the passing areas were not very long or were in areas with tight turns).
My next race is this weekend and is a solo 6 hour, so I think the passing will be a little less intense (accept when I'm getting passed by the fast lap riders on teams!)
(PS. I tried to search this forum ... but the search is failing for me).