"The 33"-Road Bike Racing We set this forum up for our members to discuss their experiences in either pro or amateur racing, whether they are the big races, or even the small backyard races. Don't forget to update all the members with your own race results.

Second Crit Race Report

Old 06-08-05, 08:11 AM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
bac's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 7,481

Bikes: Too many to list!

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Second Crit Race Report

As some may recall, I competed in my first crit race last Tuesday. It was such an enjoyable (read: incredible suffer-fest!) evening, that I just had to continue this week. This week marks the first race that points begin to accumulate for the series. I finished 16th of 25 riders last week, and my ambition was simply to improve on that placing, as well as garner some more valuable racing experience.

As opposed to last week, which was somewhat of a blur, this week I felt as if I saw the entire race. My average heart rate dropped from 175bmp to 169bpm, so that seems to be a sign that my anxiety level may have also dropped a bit relative to last week. There were several attacks throughout the race, but all were taken back into the field before the final sprint. I attacked the field early on 2 occasions in order to get a few MARs (most aggressive rider) points. However, as Iím learning, that sort of sprint effort exacts a toll for a few laps after the effort. Therefore, after those initial efforts, with the exception of helping chase down a few breaks, I sat in the field.

After the field reeled in the final breakaway, the race again came down to a field sprint. I did learn from my rookie mistake of last week. I made a conscience effort not to allow myself to get boxed in. I, instead got to the outside, and attempted to keep the wheel of one of the stronger riders. This strategy worked well. Coming out of the final turn, the sprint was on!

The pace was high, and there were about 6-8 riders ahead of me. I was still seated, and comfortable, but ready to pounce. Then, a racer just to my left jumped out of the saddle, and rocked his bike/body toward me, and gave me a bump in the process. My inexperience showed again, as I momentarily panicked, and stopped pedaling in an attempt to keep us both off the pavement. Of course, I lost all my momentum, and had to play catch-up to the line. I recovered relatively well, and almost passed the racer that gave me the slight punt. In the end, he pipped me by about a foot @ the line, but I still finished in 6th place. Perhaps Iím full of myself, but I really think I would have been in the top 3 had I not stopped pedaling @ the start of the sprint.

In the end, another lesson was learned, and I had a fantastic time to boot! I canít wait to do it all again next week!
bac is offline  
Old 06-08-05, 08:18 AM
He drop me
Grasschopper's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Central PA
Posts: 11,647

Bikes: '03 Marin Mill Valley, '02 Eddy Merckx Corsa 0.1, '12 Giant Defy Advance, '13 Salsa Vaya

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 123 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
LOL you on a team yet? I think that if I were in better shape I would read these posts and long for something like this in my area....got to loose weight...got to loose weight.

Sounds like a good thime though.
The views expressed by this poster do not reflect the views of BikeForums.net.
Grasschopper is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.