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Old 05-22-14, 03:58 PM   #1
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Best race for Cat 5 first timer?

My brother wants to do his first Cat 5 race and I'm trying to find him a good course thats not too technical for a first race. Any suggestions? He wanted to do Dana Point GP but from what I've experienced I told him to do a different one.
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Old 05-22-14, 04:39 PM   #2
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Yeah, good call on Dana Point.

Any national-level race would probably be a bad idea for a first race (like Dana Point or Manhattan Beach). A low-key, so-called "training crit" would be the best idea. In fact, if he hasn't done so already, going to a training ride first would be the best idea. Montrose Ride on Saturday mornings, Rose Bowl Ride Tue/Thu evenings, NPR ride Tue/Thu mornings, etc... These will give an indication of the speed & fitness required to race.

Some upcoming races that would be low-key affairs:
  • SoCal Cup Crit Series (formerly CBR)
  • BArry Wolfe GP (although this can get a bit heated, and has one hard turn)
  • NOW Energy Bar Crit in Costa Mesa
  • Adrenaline SoCal Circuit Race
  • Ontario Crit Series

Here's a list of regional races: Event List
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Old 05-22-14, 10:05 PM   #3
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Ontario is a wide course that doesn't require very intense cornering.
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Old 05-22-14, 11:11 PM   #4
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Try the Ladera Ranch GP. It is in 2 weeks time. I did it a few years ago (also Cat. 5) and I kind-of liked it, but figured out that crits are not my cup of tea. I prefer road races, but the only one around here that I know of, is San Luis Rey and it was last month, so he'll have to wait until next year for that one.
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Old 05-23-14, 12:24 PM   #5
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You might want to consider the Park 2 Park Racing Series

They race most Tuesdays at El Dorado Park (near the SGRT) in Long Beach, and most Thursdays at the OC Great Park in Irvine. Many Thursdays there is a training session for beginners at El Dorado Park.
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