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Old 07-24-07, 07:11 PM
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How many base miles would be typical before being ready to race? I do group rides and such, the occasional training crit but on my real crit on Sunday I was OTB after 3 laps. I finished the race in 22 but was WAY back. Just wondering what type fitness level one should be at to at least be pack fodder?
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Old 07-24-07, 07:33 PM
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I would suggest being able to average at least 19mph without receiving blood transfusions.
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Old 07-24-07, 08:05 PM
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My first crit put me OTB, too. My next one I pulled a breakaway for a couple of laps towards the end but was caught.

Keep trying. In my limited experience, a lot of 'hanging' has to do with recognizing where you need to be and when you need to be ready to go.
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Do you train for Criteriums? Or do you train for Road Races but race Criteriums?
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Old 07-24-07, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by EventServices View Post
Do you train for Criteriums? Or do you train for Road Races but race Criteriums?
I wouldn't say I "train" for either although I do the local practice crits as often as possible. My training is more or less just riding, whether that be the practice crits, group rides or regular rides. I know I could do better with some specific training but can't seem to make myself do any interval type training right now?!


ElJamoquio, I would agree with your statement and figure this will come with more experience. Unfortunately the local practice crits are a "one" group type thing so it's hard to gauge where I am due to there only being a few 5's with more 4's, 3's and a couple of 2's...
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If you're doing the practice Crits, then you're ahead of the game already. Most riders will train at steady speeds on long road rides and then try to mix it up in a crit only to get blown out fast.

Just keep at it and know that every time you work hard on the bike, you're getting stronger and faster.
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Mileage isn't that important. The TYPE of mileage is important. Doing intervals, speedwork and sprints will help a lot.
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Old 07-25-07, 09:33 AM
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Base mileage is needed to get you enough endurance to finish the event (not that long for crits), and to give you the fitness to handle the increased intensity of intervals and sprints. But it wont' make you all that fast by itself, depending on your physiology. If you already have a high ability to go anaerobic through some other sport or natural ability, then you may do ok with only base miles. If like me you don't, then base miles won't do much for your ability to hang in when the pace gets high.
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