I've finally hooked up with some serious rodies, and they've invited me to train and race with them (weekends usually). The first race I will be joining is tentatively scheduled for the 2nd of June. It will be 20-25 kms long (circuit race) and have a short climb. According to a veteran I train with, the ave. pace of the race is 26-30 kph, although I think he was estimating the speed a bit conservatively. My question concerns race strategy. Do I blast of from the start, or stay with the pack? Do I go with the first breakaway (considering the short distance of the race), or stay with the pack? I have already gotten tips not to pull during the race. Any other tips you guys can give me? This is my very first bike race, and I am very very very excited. I also want to place in the top 5 at the least. Cheers!