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Old 03-03-09, 05:54 PM
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Crit at the Staten Island Mall
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Hit the wet white painted line on the ground on one of the corners
Not need to tell you what happened next.
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My first was a little over a month ago.

Orange County Speedway 4/5 crit. Flew up the outside after about 35 minutes (40 minute total crit I think), got to the front, and then got shelled when I couldn't find a wheel and got pulled shortly after.

The next week I got a mid-pack finish in the same race.
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I haven't read the other replies, but here I go...

No matter how strong you think you are, don't be surprised if you get dropped. Often. In the same race.

At the time I started racing, all I did was solo riding. I was fast at riding a consistent pace but could not handle accelerations. I would get dropped and TT my way back to the field only to get dropped again. And again.

That being said, I finished 9th in my first cat 5 road race (out of around 40). The 8 ahead of me were all in a group and I rode the last XX miles by myself as hard as I could fearing I would get caught.
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first race was wolfpack classic rr. learned to line up at the front cause when you're at the back in a pack of collegiate B's and cat4 women, it's hard as hell to move up and there's all that slowing down/accelerating crap to deal with. i probably could have tried to move up, but i was 7 days out of a cast for a broken thumb and i really didn't want to take any chances to get hurt again.
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My first race was a crit in early spring last year. I held on for like 3 laps out of 12, then got dropped.......and lapped. I then pulled off the course on the 2nd to last lap as to not interfere with the sprint.
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Greenville downtown crit. I lined up in back because I didn't want to be "that guy" and cause a wreck or anyone to have to slow down behind me... Half way through there was a wreck right in front of me on the only hill in the course. I was in a pretty big gear and when I had to come to a complete stop and clip out on the hill I couldn't restart. Had to walk/run the bike up a hill in cleats and then get started again.

About 8 seconds later I got pulled. As I'm riding back to the finish the official tells me I could have taken a free lap and gotten back in. Who knew?
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Mine was a 16km ITT. Despite everything I'd read, I went out too hard and kept spiking into my red zone and blowing up. I finally got it under control and ramped up nicely from my LT to maximum HR over the last ~3 miles. Pain and joy at the same time. I never knew I could push so hard for so long.
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Mountain bike race, I was 14. Two 5k laps. I won, and threw up right after. My little brother (13 at the time) came in second
My finishing time was about 42 minutes. Last summer I raced the 4 lap (20k) version of the same race and won it in 46 minutes

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Attacked for bit, got caught, then dropped.
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first training crit of the season, hung in the last half of the pack and suffered through the accordians, got a top 10 by virtue of attendance (half the pack got dropped before the finish)

all my training consisted of was hill repeats and intervals in between lasting as long as possible on the weekend A rides.
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Question!!!

What sort of training did you guys do prior to your first race. I have my first training crit in two weeks so I'm starting to get excited. I've been following a fairly structured program since December. I know I'm stronger than previous years...just curious.

I have been Interval training BTW!
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Originally Posted by JoesInBoston
My first race was a crit in early spring last year. I held on for like 3 laps out of 12, then got dropped.......and lapped. I then pulled off the course on the 2nd to last lap as to not interfere with the sprint.
I guess I'll see you at Wells Ave
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
What sort of training did you guys do prior to your first race.
JRA and club rides
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
Question!!!

What sort of training did you guys do prior to your first race. I have my first training crit in two weeks so I'm starting to get excited. I've been following a fairly structured program since December. I know I'm stronger than previous years...just curious.

I have been Interval training BTW!
There is nothing fitness-wise you can do now. Keep doing your intervals.

The only thing you should work on is bike skills/handling. If you don't ride in groups a lot, practice riding on the fog line of a road, not the 8" monsters, but the 4" wide strips. You should be able to ride the line almost indefinitely. It'll help you keep a line; in a race, you are riding very close to other riders and holding a line is an essential skill. Then practice holding a line through a curve. Practice following a wheel through a curve and keeping your eyes looking around the curve, instead of focusing on the wheel you are following.

Finally, you might want to go out with a friend and beater bikes on a relatively smooth grass field and practice bumping. Feel what it's like to lean on someone while you are riding so you don't freak out when it happens in a race. Practice riding shoulder to shoulder, knuckle to knuckle. Practice putting your hand on your buddy's hip as he moves into you and gently pushing him away without deviating from your line.
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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
I guess I'll see you at Wells Ave
You sure will! I'll be there next weekend. Will probably be in my blue & white Boston Medical Center jersey as my team kits haven't come in yet. If you see me, definitely come say hi.

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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
Question!!!

What sort of training did you guys do prior to your first race. I have my first training crit in two weeks so I'm starting to get excited. I've been following a fairly structured program since December. I know I'm stronger than previous years...just curious.

I have been Interval training BTW!
in rode my bike. a lot.

here's some advice, vis-a-vis getting ready to race, read this.
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My first few training crits, I got lapped. Lots. Someone gave me the tip of doing 30" on and 30" off and 60/60 in my regular rides. I started doing them frequently to help with the surges. I still do them throughout the crit season because they help me personally.
My first real race was 20th out of 45 racers. I basically hung on for dear life and tried to hold my best position.
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Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff
There is nothing fitness-wise you can do now. Keep doing your intervals.

The only thing you should work on is bike skills/handling. If you don't ride in groups a lot, practice riding on the fog line of a road, not the 8" monsters, but the 4" wide strips. You should be able to ride the line almost indefinitely. It'll help you keep a line; in a race, you are riding very close to other riders and holding a line is an essential skill. Then practice holding a line through a curve. Practice following a wheel through a curve and keeping your eyes looking around the curve, instead of focusing on the wheel you are following.

Finally, you might want to go out with a friend and beater bikes on a relatively smooth grass field and practice bumping. Feel what it's like to lean on someone while you are riding so you don't freak out when it happens in a race. Practice riding shoulder to shoulder, knuckle to knuckle. Practice putting your hand on your buddy's hip as he moves into you and gently pushing him away without deviating from your line.
Agreed, not much I can do between now and then. I have built some good lean muscle since I started training so that's encouraging.

I have plenty of pack riding experience, though not much this year do to the foul weather. I use to race BMX so I've gotten good at keeping the rubber-side down. All good advice still


Originally Posted by JoesInBoston
You sure will! I'll be there next weekend. Will probably be in my blue & white Boston Medical Center jersey as my team kits haven't come in yet. If you see me, definitely come say hi.

- Joe

I ride with the Crack O' Dawn Riders, but I'm not sure if I'll where the kit...they're not a race club. I'll be riding a Red 2004 Fuji Team Issue and will probably be the only black guy for miles so I'll be easy to spot...D'oh

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Originally Posted by I_Like_Bike
I am new to road cycling and thinking of doing some races this summer. I was wondering if anyone could tell what their first race was like and what lessons did you learn from it?
My first USCF race was not one to be remembered. It was a very fast crit and about 3/4's of the way through the race I was waved off as the lead motorcycle cleared off anyone about .....to............be....................lapped

I learned to ride faster, that never happened again
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I got dropped on the first lap and the rest was like a solo training ride. I learned that what I previously thought of as fast was what they thought of as slow.
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MY first and only race was on a tandum with my son,/he was 7 at the time and pedaled only on the climbs because he couldnt reach the pedals but he spured me on and we came in first against a field of students from Bowdoin College who were out for a picnic.Thay cheered us heartely when thay finally arrived full of wine cheese and sandwiches.I continue to prefer to adventure in my own fashion ./Kenneth
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Originally Posted by botto
in rode my bike. a lot.

here's some advice, vis-a-vis getting ready to race, read this.
I read that last year when I was still tossing around the idea of racing. A good read for sure...I'll follow some of that once the group rides get faster.
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My first race was a Tuesday night club race hosted by the SJBC at an industrial park in Mountain View. I finished in mid-pack. It was a great first race, as it was low key and lots of experienced riders were patient and friendly with the new kid and I got lots of useful bike handling and training tips . The lesson: Start with club racing if you can before you move on to USAC. It's easier to learn if everyone doesn't have murder on the brain.

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Originally Posted by FormerBMX'er
Question!!!

What sort of training did you guys do prior to your first race. I have my first training crit in two weeks so I'm starting to get excited. I've been following a fairly structured program since December. I know I'm stronger than previous years...just curious.

I have been Interval training BTW!
group rides with a bunch of freds. I thought they were wicked fast. I found out when I was dropped in my first race that those freds werent very fast at all.
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I was going to have my first race this weekend, but the boss decided to do a brunch.....
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