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wogamax wrote:I hope to crit in March '07, for the first time. I've bumped, hooked, been taken down half-wheelin' and been in some close quarters with large groups. I definitely have to practice not being squimish when w/in a foot of others bars on the left and right at speed, where you can't get out of the saddle or even rock the bike w/o hazard.
As to 4.7 watts/kg, I should think simply time trialing ahead would score a win at cat 5, no? I'm a tick below 4 w/kg (including bike) and feel pretty comfy diving into a sub-25mph group. Still, my hope is for safety and I am thinking of just coming around them for short, short, pulls and then, more importantly, gaining confidence as I drift to the back, however tight things are. I expect the culture will be entirely different.
There are plenty of reasons to have a power meter if you aren't going to race. They're really important to the non-racer, IMO. Time trialing and triathlons are becoming a science with them.
Unless you are the second coming of Merckx, very few people will ever time trial off the front of a field in their first race. Sub-25mph will not pull away from anyone except the guys who are just pack fodder in the first place. Also, you never want to drift to the back. It's very hard to move up and you'll more than likely get caught behind or in a crash back there. Everyone and their mother is going to tell you to stay in the top 1/4th of the field, and rightly so. It will be smoother and less dangerous up there. Better, smarter athletes who know how to play the game (relative to the category).
Do you guys train just for general riding or do you do specific training based on what type of racing you're doing? Say if you know that you're going to do crits most of the time and maybe hit a road race here and there. In that case would you do a lot of short & fast training rides and maybe mix in an extended slower paced ride?
I do mostly crits out here on the east coast. During the summer we do almost exclusivly VO2 Maxes, with an assortment of sprints mixed in. Mostly speed work, like the race. Gr8 to see so many people here giving and taking advice!
But for riding, find some local race oriented group rides.
When you're no longer getting dropped and can mix it up in the sprints/climbs, find a faster group ride.
When you're contesting the sprints/climbs there, enter some races.
One necessary training tool is to do group rides. This accomplishes numerous things:
- Increases your level of comfort riding in a pack. It can be pretty unnerving having people in close proximity going at 20+mph during a race so it's good to get used to this.
- Work on pack location. Learning how to draft properly and conserve energy as well as rotating pacelines.
- Working on sprints. A lot of groups rides to "town line" sprints and can simulate real race sprinting situations.
I've known riders stronger than myself that had poor pack riding skills and would get shot out the back and dropped early on in the race while I just sat tight in the pack and eventually stayed with the break till the end.
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