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    Steel snob by accident iwegian's Avatar
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    what should i expect from cat 5 crit racers?

    when crit racing starts, i'm thinking about giving it a try. since i've never done road racing before, i'd probably be cat 5. i'm a decent rider now, but the only riding i do now is city on my beater fixed/ss. but i do do sprints regularly and have become pretty comfortable riding through corners quickly and i've gotten significantly better at bike control.

    i'm not going to use the ss for crits, but i have a lemond right now. and if my dad doesn't get a new bike i'll still ride that. if he does i'll ride his columbus steel univega with campi...or maybe a mid 90's trek 1200 with full 105 and down tube shifters. i know the univega would be better, but the trek is just so damn cool!? i must admit i never thought i'd want to willingly ride a trek. (yes i know the lemond pretty much is a trek)

    i am working out and going to find out if my college has spin classes because i won't be able ride with winter coming.

    i just want to know what to expect from other cat 5 riders.

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    Expect them to crash into you. And expect them to yell at you.

    Otherwise, its a blast!

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    Is there a website to learn about Cat5-Cat1? And also fill us in on the criteria involved? Thanks

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    Search through the road racing sub forum. I'm guessing these questions have been posted/answered ad nauseam in there.

    http://www.bikeforums.net/33-road-bike-racing/

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    I dunno. Ask pcad.
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    expect it to be hard, sporadic, and sketchy.

    Read Botto's thread in the sub forum.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Agreed, there are some good post in the racing forum, you need to search them out however.
    The crits can be pretty agressive, and CAT4/5's can be brutal, especially in the turns. Cliche, but expect the unexpected.
    And don't race a really nice bike until you get some experience under your belt.

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    Too coincidental!

    Ha ha ha...

    Until I posted this, bumping this thread to the top of the page, the sequence of thread titles looked like this:

    What should I expect from cat 5 crit racers?

    3 broken ribs...

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    I always thought they were called "crash5's"....
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    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    Expect Chaos, Pandemonium, and Carnage.

    Fun Fun Fun.

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    Try to join a local crit ride(not race) so that you can experience the type of riding.
    Burnt slicks

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwegian View Post
    when crit racing starts, i'm thinking about giving it a try. since i've never done road racing before, i'd probably be cat 5. i'm a decent rider now, but the only riding i do now is city on my beater fixed/ss. but i do do sprints regularly and have become pretty comfortable riding through corners quickly and i've gotten significantly better at bike control.

    i'm not going to use the ss for crits, but i have a lemond right now. and if my dad doesn't get a new bike i'll still ride that. if he does i'll ride his columbus steel univega with campi...or maybe a mid 90's trek 1200 with full 105 and down tube shifters. i know the univega would be better, but the trek is just so damn cool!? i must admit i never thought i'd want to willingly ride a trek. (yes i know the lemond pretty much is a trek)

    i am working out and going to find out if my college has spin classes because i won't be able ride with winter coming.

    i just want to know what to expect from other cat 5 riders.
    No probably about it. You would definitely be a 5 until you can move up. You can try to expect everything you want to, but you will never know until you do it.

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    >>what should i expect from cat 5 crit racers?<<



    That is all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    >>what should i expect from cat 5 crit racers?<<



    That is all.
    Also works for Cat 3 crit racers...just ask recursive.

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    timid, squirrely riders who open up gaps ad infinitum

    I saw only a couple of crashes in my time as a 5 and neither of them was in a sprint

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    How? Did someone bail off of their bike and just let it ramp up a deep dish wheel or what? HOW do you get a bike to fly like that in a crash?
    Last edited by Hickeydog; 09-10-08 at 08:49 PM.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post

    What's frightening is how coherent Hickey was in posting that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
    >>what should i expect from cat 5 crit racers?<<



    That is all.
    He can expect Cipollini in his cat 5 crits?
    Quote Originally Posted by CastIron View Post
    Damn.

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    We all saw a flying bike during this years Tour when someone went into that signpost. Don't know which rider it was...but it was awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tunnelrat81 View Post
    We all saw a flying bike during this years Tour when someone went into that signpost. Don't know which rider it was...but it was awesome.

    -Jeremy
    That was a SEVERED IN HALF flying bike as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hickeydog View Post


    How? Did someone bail off of their bike and just let it ramp up a deep dish wheel or what? HOW do you get a bike to fly like that in a crash?
    You've obviously been to too few bicycle races.

    Bikes, and bodies, bounce rather well when they hit pavement at 40mph+.
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