|Originally posted by firegooroo
Finally, if you get dropped from behind don't give up, continue until you either get lapped and the officials remove you from the race and if you do get lapped, when the group comes back around just join up in the back and try to stay out of the way for those in contention for a position. Just finish the race.
Exactly what happened to me at my first criterium:
As a beginner (on the road, I’m MTB racer for two years now), I put myself at the end of the pack, first straight – everything Ok, first corner – drop four changes, take it with easy and when I notice it, they where 15 meters ahead, then 16, 17, 19 … they where departed.
What was left? To ride alone vs. the wind, knowing my bike at race conditions, enjoying it and doing my best effort. There I was about the middle of my race when I got lapped by two elite riders (they started 2 minutes before my group), then other 3 passed by and then a pack of about 20 riders came by my left. I let them pass and I join them at the back, I’d keep up with them, if they accelerate I did to, if they take the corners fast I tried to hang out.
They where at the second quarter of they race, and the rhythm was fast but steady at almost 40 Km/h (about 24.5 m/h), I enjoy the 20 Km. (12.5) that rode with them. 800 meters (half mile) before the finish line of my race (they where half way of theirs), I start accelerating and when I where at the front of the pack I was at full speed at 52 Km/h (32.3 m/h), the elite that was at the front watched me and he accelerated following me, then all the pack was at my speed behind me and I pass the finish line at the front of all of them at that incredible speed (for a MTB biker in the flat).
It was great, it feel so good, it was amazing.
Next race, I will put a line to attach my self to my group and I will not let them go, lets see what happen.