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Originally Posted by delay
How many people on this forum race road or crits, and how does it make you feel? I guess I want to know how much crossover there is.
This is my second year doing road races and crits. I've been on a road bike for about four years, and had only recently started riding fixed last fall. So I guess most of my experience and expertise (boy, do I use that term loosely!
) is on a road bike. While I do feel that fixed riding was beneficial in some respects (it builds a different kind of strength that's helpful with seated climbs, helps you spin, etc.), the two kinds of riding are only so compatible simply because the bikes are handled so differently, especially in a race situation. However, I qualify that statement - becuase I've only been on fixed for a short period of time, I tend to ride much more cautiously than when on my road bike. so I just don't ride the same and I personally don't think the workout is as beneficial for strength builiding. Some people may tell you differently. I do think riding fixed is a great confidence builder, and that carrys over alot.
Road races and criterium/circuit races are generally very different too. Crits/criteriums are usually very tight packs, handling skills are a must!! and crashes are frequent, especially in Cats 4 (for women) and 5(for men).
Regardless, it makes me feel great! So I'd recommend it.