First Crit Report

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by swimmer88, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. swimmer88

    swimmer88 New Member

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    I did my first crit today, and I finished!! It was a 60 minute crit with about 60 riders in the Cat 4/5 category. I really thought I was going to have a tough time hanging on, but I tried to stay in the middle of the pack and I did just fine. I didn't contest any of the primes, but I gave it a go at the finish. I positioned myself in the front with 1 1/2 laps to go. Coming through the last turn on the final lap I was rubbing elbows with another rider (scary!) and I followed a random rider as he started to sprint. He led me out and I was pushing it to the max for the finish line. I was probably in fifth place at one point, but I sprinted to early and people blew past me at the end. I think I finished 15th for Cat 4/5. Not bad for my first time out. It was awesome!!!

    Thanks to everyone on this forum. I asked quite a few questions and you guys were nice enough to answer them and give me extra tips for the race. Give yourselves a pat on the back.
     
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  2. coneofsilence

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    Well Done!!! Keep at it.
     
  3. Powerful Pete

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    15th out of 60 in your first race, and a crit no less.

    Congratulations! And you should be giving yourself a pat on the back... no one here was doing the pedaling out there!
     
  4. daveryanwyoming

    daveryanwyoming Well-Known Member

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    Nicely done, congratulations!
     
  5. kennf

    kennf New Member

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    Not getting dropped in your first crit is a feat by itself. And 60 minutes is a long crit for Cat 4/5. Congrats. 9 more to Cat 4!
     
  6. swimmer88

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    thanks dude. its a weekly race, so theoretically i could cat up in 9 weeks, but we'll see about that, haha. I think I want to get some good racing experience before I move up. I definitely need to work on cornering. I'm not bad at cornering, but I'm not fully comfortable with being in the middle of the pack through a turn.

    But the next goal is to place top 3 in a prime. Either that, or I think a good strategy would be to attack right after a prime, as the field tends to slow back down because everyone is tired. That's going to require some more training on my part though.
     
  7. Powerful Pete

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    Want to improve your mid-pack cornering? Just continue to race and will it improve... practice makes perfect.
     
  8. S4one

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    Good job! I plan to do my first race in the near future.
     
  9. gggossel

    gggossel New Member

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    A 60min Cat 5 crit? Holy moly!:eek: The 3's do 45min tops around here!

    Good job though... if you like the technical stuff, you can excel. Lots of folks are scared to go around corners.
     
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