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    Anyone done the first 2 EB's this year?

    Hey guys. I unfortunately had to miss out on the first two EB crits this year due to a terrible cold but I plan on being there this sunday. I have absolutely zero crit experience and I was hoping someone could fill me in on what was covered the first two weeks and give me any pointers you might think will help me. I'm kind of nervous about showing up but I figure showing up to the clinics with no experience is obviously better than showing up to an actual race with no experience.

    My only real goal for the first day is to avoid crashing. I don't even care if I get dropped because at least that will give me an idea of where I need to be fitness wise.

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    I've gone to both weeks so far. Week 1 covered basic double paceline stuff and week 2 covered cornering. The newcomers that have missed any previous weeks go to a separate group to get for a recap, so you'll be fine.

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    I did week 2 as a crit noob, and got great help with the week 1 topics too. In addition to what rydaddy notes we covered getting comfortable riding over the bot-dots on the course (ie traffic lane bumps: loosen up and just go with the flow - bumpy but you won't wipe out), stay in your drops to avoid any overlapping of bars and take care of your wheel/keep looking down the road not at the wheel in front.

    FWIW, I had similar goals to you and wanted to stay with the pack - the main thing for me was to get comfortable with the advantage of drafting the pack. Took me a couple of laps but I then got comfortable with the idea/sick of pushing so hard to close the gaps

    That and keep looking ahead to where you want to go were my key learnings

    PS - check out the back and forth about EB2 in the "where did you ride" thread

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    Well I didn't crash! Actually the U30 race was clean, no crashes at all. I made it about half way through the race in the main pack and then blew up and had to wait to restart on the next lap. One thing I noticed was some people were coasting through the corners rather than pedaling through them and creating these huge gaps after exiting the turn which made it really hard for me. I was constantly trying to chase gaps and then hold on for dear life when the pack was surging lol. I just didn't have the fitness to chase, recover, chase, recover, etc. I'm obviously doing the wrong kind of training lol. Oh well I had a blast and now I have an idea of what I need to work on. Can't wait for next week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiz702 View Post
    Well I didn't crash! Actually the U30 race was clean, no crashes at all. I made it about half way through the race in the main pack and then blew up and had to wait to restart on the next lap. One thing I noticed was some people were coasting through the corners rather than pedaling through them and creating these huge gaps after exiting the turn which made it really hard for me. I was constantly trying to chase gaps and then hold on for dear life when the pack was surging lol. I just didn't have the fitness to chase, recover, chase, recover, etc. I'm obviously doing the wrong kind of training lol. Oh well I had a blast and now I have an idea of what I need to work on. Can't wait for next week!
    Good job. The surges you experienced are not as bad toward the front of the peleton. Actually, most of the front is pedaling through the turn and it makes it worse for those in the back. One thing you can do at the back is let a gap form and pedal through the turn yourself. The acceleration will be easier to handle and you'll catch back up if you time it right. I still say get up near the front though. Keep at it - you'll learn something new each time.

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