Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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I am not an expert but here we go.
Criteriums reach speeds of 25 - 26 MPH average, while you do not need to ride solo at 25 MPH average your 22 MPH rides will help. You need to do some criterium specific training though. I am not sure how the velodome will help but someone will shoot this way. I do some off road stuff, for fun and it does not get in the way of my training at all. Usually I get some MTBing in the morning to relax and make me ready for intervals or whatever comes later.
I would sugest you pick up a few good training books for racing. ]
On a side note I can sit in a 22 MPH and pull a 22 MPH group for sometime yet I am not at the fitness level to stay in a criterium yet. It really takes some serious criterium specific and competative cycling specific training to get to where you want to be. By that I mean, LT training, crit intervals, muscular endurance work, anaerobic work, etc.
Just your average club rider... :)