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Old 03-27-11, 01:18 AM
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a couple crits I did last year the 3/4/5's were only 1mph average slower than the 1,2,3s, also one time we had to wait half an hour for the 123s to finish a road race. so whats it like in your hood? or are the 123s just slakers.

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no worries. the 1/2 races here have far more drastic speed changes. those are what kill you.
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Originally Posted by Nick Bain
a couple crits I did last year the 3/4/5's were only 1mph average slower than the 1,2,3s, also one time we had to wait half an hour for the 123s to finish a road race. so whats it like in your hood? or are the 123s just slakers.

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Inceasing speed requires exponentially more power. The difference in power required to go between 14-15mph is miniscule compared to the difference between 29-30mph. There's probably more gap in fitness than that metric alone leads to believe.
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Average speed is a poor way to judge a race's difficulty. It's the accellerations that hurt you and drop riders.
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What they said. Plus every race is going to have a different dynamic to it. Some days everybody just feels like going easier than others. Some days the group will stay together and not work that hard and others a break will go off the front and the group will have to try to catch. After finally being in some races, I realize that every single race is completely different from the last. They all have a different feel and part of the fun is figuring out what kind of race it's going to be and figuring out how you will race to win in that particular format. All that said, our 1/2's lapped our 3/4's on a 5 mile circuit the other day here.
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Don't forget they are usually riding a lot further than the lower cats.
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