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Old 05-23-06, 01:23 PM   #1
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Criterium vs. mtb races

I posted on the road cyling section too. To people who have done both Crits and MTB races, which do you think is overall physically harder? I've only done crits and road races before and going to try some mtb races this summer. I think Crits are pretty exhausting events and wondering how much harder/easier MTB races are compared. I know it's different by courses, skill level, physical conditions, weather, etc. but in overall, what is your opinion who have done both?
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I have never done a crit but I have done a few road races. I have only done eight of them though, only one as a cat 4. I can tell you that a mountain bike race is much harder on my body than a road race. My most intense road race my average heart rate was 153 bpm for 71 minutes. My most intense mountain bike race was this past weekend. I had an average hr of 165 for 118 minutes. Just to give you a point of reference my 30 minute threshold is 167 bpm.

I imagine that a crit would be just as demanding just not for as long of a period of time. Oh, mountain bike racing is much less mentally demanding as well. There is nothing more taxing on the nerves than doing a tough road race in the middle of a pack of 80 people with a yellow like rule in effect.
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Lowcel speaks the truth , again . Crits are very hard on the body, but avoiding collisons in the peleton is much easier than fighting difficult terrain and trying to pass other competiters in singletrack . JMO
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