Jessica Munday (SASI) chases as the sun goes down.
  • ceedee

    If you’re new to racing, start with road racing. It’s 100 times more safer.

    • Winky

      Yes, don’t race crits unless you are prepared to crash. Often.

    • jules

      you don’t get a great choice in Victoria. generally road races in winter (non-daylight savings), crits in summer (daylight savings).

      • ceedee

        Not necessary true. Nevertheless it better wait until next March to try racing rather taking a trip Ambulance.

    • lowercasev

      If you are new to racing, do a skills session with your club. HCC Women do regular (free skills sessions) and SKCC do a crit skills session called latte laps – I did these as a beginner, invaluable and free!

  • jules

    ride at the back of the bunch for your first few races. do not try and muscle in on others, thinking you have as much right as they do to make position. until you get some feel for how to position yourself safely, the etiquette on moving around in the bunch – you are likely to be a danger to yourself and others. ease into it. do not undertake into corners – as tempting as it looks when you start out.

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    • lowercasev

      I’d say ride within your limits, holding your line and being predictable in the bunch are also good tips.

  • Gavin Adkins

    Do some track racing/training. Fast paced in close quarters, but riders are (generally) more predictable than in a crit.

    • Gavin Adkins

      Also, track racing is way better anyways.

  • Winky

    Yeah, there’s something worse than forgetting your Garmin. Forgetting your shoes, for example. Leave your Garmin at home. You should be paying attention, not looking at your computer. Crit racing is all about positioning in the group, not managing power. Unless you break away, of course. But even then……

  • double A

    i would saw if you are new to crit racing the first thing you should do for your first race is forget about winning. Set realistic and achievable goals, it will help you learn, but more importantly keep you and others safe. Winning should not be your goal for race 1. Not getting dropped/lapped/pulled should be goal #1, followed closely with not crashing/causing a crash being #1A.
    Learning the fluidity of the crit peloton, how to withstand the surges, how to take corners at high speed in large packs, is all invaluable experience that will help you once your goal IS winning.

    no one wants to be the guy that causes 20 guys to go down in a turn. All of us want to go home after a race. Take your time learning and you’ll be better for it, and you won’t become marked in the pack as the rider no one wants to be near.

    And above all else… prepared to SUFFER!

  • purpletezza

    The first 10 minutes of the crit is the hardest. Just grit your teeth and get through that first 10 minutes. After that it settles down.

    The first 3 races of the crit season are the most crazy as everybody get’s used to it again.

    • lowercasev

      This is a very good tip, so true – though I would say the first 20 minutes, 10 minutes of pain, 10 minutes to lower the heart rate!


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