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Old 02-09-07, 05:56 PM
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Welcome the newest Cat 5...

Alright, I've made the plunge. I bought my license today. What's a good race in Texas for a newbie Cat 5 to get his feet wet?
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Not in Texas (yet), but welcome to your new addiction!
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I'll need this info too. I'll be in the San Antonio area in the fall for 9 weeks.
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Old 02-09-07, 07:15 PM
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Wouldnt it be smarter to look for good races BEFORE you bought your license?
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Originally Posted by wrote4luck
I'll be in the San Antonio area in the fall for 9 weeks.
OAC???
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Originally Posted by TSUTexan93
Alright, I've made the plunge. I bought my license today. What's a good race in Texas for a newbie Cat 5 to get his feet wet?
I, like Cypress, know nothing about racing in Texas, but welcome to the addiction, and start your interval training now.
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Old 02-09-07, 07:23 PM
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BOLC 3/OBC... same thing. After that, year and a half at Ft. Rucker, baby! After that... Iraq.
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Originally Posted by wrote4luck
BOLC 3/OBC... same thing. After that, year and a half at Ft. Rucker, baby! After that... Iraq.
You sound like a Dustoff type... Congrats, good luck, and see you there--that might be about the same timeframe as mine for an all-expense-paid vacation to the desert... Just promise you'll go easy on bringing me customers.
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Old 02-09-07, 07:35 PM
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Dustoff indeed. Let's hope things change between now and then so we can both rest... Are you at Walter Reed?
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Originally Posted by wrote4luck
Dustoff indeed. Let's hope things change between now and then so we can both rest... Are you at Walter Reed?
Yes, I am. In fact I've been there for 4 years now and still don't know what the place looks like without a war going on.
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Originally Posted by TSUTexan93
Alright, I've made the plunge. I bought my license today. What's a good race in Texas for a newbie Cat 5 to get his feet wet?
Hey welcome aboard! First check here link Then check here TXBRA.org. If you are going to be anywhere near Austin on the 25th Pace Bend is one of the best races of the year.
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Old 02-09-07, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Cypress
Not in Texas (yet), but welcome to your new addiction!
You aren't moving to Austin...that girls got your by the stones and your staying in Big Sky.
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Originally Posted by TSUTexan93
Alright, I've made the plunge. I bought my license today. What's a good race in Texas for a newbie Cat 5 to get his feet wet?
TSU,
By your posting name (TSU) it appears your in the Austin/San Marcos area. My advice, and I am only a Cat 5 with 4 races under my belt, is to take advantage of these early season races. They tend to be shorter in distance, the temps are cooler, and there are a lot in the Austin area. My brother said Lago was his favorite last year and I heard another racer say Pace Bend was great. I just raced TONB and last year I did the East Tx Classic in Tyler. East Tx classic (June 06) was 50 hilly miles in 100+temps. We were down to 12 guys out of 50+ for the sprint because the heat and hills. The pace was moderate but the other elements killed most guys. It was my first race and it was tough. Just getting back from TONB, I can tell you that the RR and crit were so much more enjoyable due to the short duration and cool temps. I would probably pick a road race to start as they tend to be less technical and less intense than crits. I have only done 2 crits and 2 RR and IMO the crits are more fun and exciting but requires a bit more focus and a lot more control. I am planning on going to Walburg (25m), Pace Bend(25M) and Lago I and II (22M). Hope to see you there.
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Old 02-09-07, 08:10 PM
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F=MA... chicken, egg, who cares? I'm in now, let's race. The races are what the races are. I'm just looking for a little input on which races may be better suited to newbies.
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Old 02-09-07, 08:22 PM
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ra... TSU=Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX). I'm in central Texas though. Close to Aggieland. Everything is within a 3-4 hour drive.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
You aren't moving to Austin...that girls got your by the stones and your staying in Big Sky.

I am coming to a sad realization: Accept or Allow?


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Originally Posted by TSUTexan93
ra... TSU=Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX). I'm in central Texas though. Close to Aggieland. Everything is within a 3-4 hour drive.
Sorry I thought they are calling the old Southwest Tx St Univ in San Marcos---Texas State Univ or (TSU). Either way hope to see at the upcoming races.
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Old 02-10-07, 06:51 AM
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Congrats. I took the plunge and bought a license this year as well.

As long as I don't crash or finish OTB, I'll be happy.
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
Congrats. I took the plunge and bought a license this year as well.

As long as I don't crash or finish OTB, I'll be happy.

I'd amend that to just not crashing. A signficant majority of first time racers finish off the back. Not much prepares you for the experience. Even if you have the fitness, not having experience reading races, knowing how not to work, anticipating accelerations, etc. usually will catch up with you.

I think realistic goals for most people in their first race are:

1) keep rubber side down;

2) hang with the pack long enough to get a feel for what its about and to see what areas you need to improve upon to not finish OTB in your next race.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
I'd amend that to just not crashing. A signficant majority of first time racers finish off the back. Not much prepares you for the experience. Even if you have the fitness, not having experience reading races, knowing how not to work, anticipating accelerations, etc. usually will catch up with you.

I think realistic goals for most people in their first race are:

1) keep rubber side down;

2) hang with the pack long enough to get a feel for what its about and to see what areas you need to improve upon to not finish OTB in your next race.
Good advice. I got dropped at just over the halfway point of my first RR. I won my second RR. Don't feel bad if you get dropped, it happens to us all
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