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Postby Toolish » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:10 pm

I have been thinking about going racing for a while and now that we are in the second half of the year a 6 month membership seems a good option to give it a go. I am a triathlete (and a slow one at that) first and foremost but I figure some bike racing through the off season will only help with motivation.

The problem is my bike leg is the weakest link in tri's and I am pretty sure I am going to get spat out the back straight up and end up riding solo for most of the races I do anyway...so, to help me get past that, tell me about your first race experiences. I am sure there are some good stories out there!
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Re: Your First Race

Postby macca33 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:33 pm

I've only raced 4 times now, for a spat out the back and solo TT for 30Km, a win (placed in a grade that even my limited talent was a bit too good for), ITT and lost against myself and finally, a 97Km handicap, where I hung on for 75Km and rode the last 20-odd as an ITT.

As you can see, I'm a crap cyclist / racer, but it is FUN and I have improved on each occasion. My advice - watch what others are doing, draft as much as you can letting others do the work until you're up to speed and finally, just get out there and do it!

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Re: Your First Race

Postby DoogleDave » Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:45 pm

My first experience was in an E grade crit race.
I thought I had a reasonable fitness level and could handle the bike OK so decided to jump in and try out a crit race.

Being the lowest grade I thought it wouldn't be too bad and I'd have a reasonable chance at being there at the end.
The first 30mins were controlled and we had some A graders rolling with us showing us what to do (and not to do) and slowly but surely the pace began to increase.
I was feeling quite comfortable with the pace and thought I was doing well. We were rolling turns off the front and everything seemed to be going good.

Then the call for 3 laps to go went out and everything became MUCH more serious.
The A graders told us all earlier that when they called 3 laps to go we would roll the first two at a controlled (faster) pace and then they'd unleash us for the final lap.

I rolled off the front and joined back onto the rear of the pack just as we approached the final turn. Half way down the straight the bell sounded to signify 3 lap to go and everyone just took off.
I smashed myself to try and gain ground on the leaders and very quickly learned that I wasn't as fit as I thought I was.

I managed to pass a few riders but couldn't make any ground on the leading few riders.
Coming into the final lap they really took off and I was in about 5th place and stuck in no mans land - riding solo behind the leaders but in front of the tailing riders.
Down the back straight I gave it my all (or what I could summon up) and almost caught the riders in front of me as they approached the last turn.
I rolled through the bend as fast as I could and was on the back wheel of the rider in front of me, but then everyone stood and sprinted for the line and my legs just laughed at me and after maybe 30m I realised I had no chance and powered to the line seated.

A few things I learned that day:
(1) no matter how ready you think you are for racing, you're NOT
(2) tactics and positioning are as important (if not more so) than strength and speed
(3) to improve on no.1, you must improve on no. 2
(4) the best training for racing, is RACING
(5) don't think too much about it, just get in there and do it.

Chances are, the first few times you get out there you'll get spat out of the bunch but as you learn from the experiences you will pick up where and when to conserve your energy, where and when to use your energy and at what level your fitness and riding skills are at (and what the difference is between the stronger riders and yourself).
From there you can work towards growing your strengths and minimising your weaknesses - both physically and tactically.
Then you will be one of the guys dictating the race and not watching it happen up the road ahead of you.

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Re: Your First Race

Postby rogan » Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:17 pm

Just do it! Some clubs E Grades are better than others.

In January 1989 Dr Jones and I (both 17) rocked up at Heffron Park in Sydney in shorts and sneakers with rat trap pedals and got put in E Grade for our first race.

We got first and second and went up to C Grade. That was the end of both of our E (and D) Grade careers.

Dr Jones? This Dr Jones:

http://www.rstsport.com/event-riders-rider-jeff.htm

http://teamdrag2zero.co.uk/riders/jeff-jones/

Everyone has to start somewhere. We were young and reasonably fit, but seriously, nothing special (unfortunately, I'm still nothing special!). We certainly didn't wade through C Grade the next week; rather we started learning.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby ldrcycles » Tue Jul 02, 2013 4:57 pm

DoogleDave wrote:
A few things I learned that day:
(1) no matter how ready you think you are for racing, you're NOT
(2) tactics and positioning are as important (if not more so) than strength and speed
(3) to improve on no.1, you must improve on no. 2
(4) the best training for racing, is RACING
(5) don't think too much about it, just get in there and do it.


Sounds about right to me :) .

From my experiences I would say bunch riding skill is significantly more important than outright strength, there is a bloke in the local bunch who has at least 30 years on me and I know i'm stronger than him, but when it comes to a bunch situation, his experience at holding a wheel wins out every time.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby toppity » Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:47 pm

Mine was 24 years ago, or thereabouts on the Caulfield Carnegie Modella circuit. It is a mixture of hills and flat with a couple of decent pinches. I rode 60km's out to the race with 2 mates who were both in B grade and doing well. I was but into D grade and got dropped 10kms in, going up the first climb. I learnt 2 things that day. I was strongish but had no idea what was going on. I can't climb. Not too much has changed.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby nickobec » Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:38 pm

Seriously just try it

Rocked up my local club, 1st race of the season as a 51 year old on beta blockers with limited group riding experience and a 25 year old steel bike with 5 year old 105 running gear.

Entered E grade, spent most the race sitting on the back, missed the two making a breakaway, not that I could of hung on. Each corner felt like my last, still did a long turn at the front with a lap to go that sent a fellow newcomer off the back. Rounded the final corner in last place with 3km to go, and then just chased riders down, missed out in the sprint for 3rd. But elated at my performance and 4th.

3 races later beat the guy I dropped for my first win.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Derny Driver » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:35 pm

I did 3 years of triathlon and switched to road racing, I remember my first race was C grade, it was me and an old bloke with 600 metres to go so I jumped him and did a 600 metre effort to the line. I never looked behind me and as I approached the line the old fellow just came off my wheel and rolled past me easy as you like .... I felt like a complete idiot. Anyway eventually I learned from my mistakes and went to B grade where I won 11 scratch races in a row on my steely, promised myself a carbon bike if I got promoted to A grade which I did the week before a trip to Disneyland USA. Bought a 1998 Trek OCLV in San Diego and the rest is history.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Toolish » Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:51 pm

Thanks for the stories all...making me feel a bit more comfortable with the idea.

Went to sign up for a licence as this page says the 6 month license is available : http://www.cycling.org.au/default.asp?P ... 13%2F43895

On following it through I am not sure if the membership fees are a reduced rate or are the full years values. Anyone know what a 12 month golf masters 1 membership was worth? If I sign up now it says $132, is that the 6 month rate or the full year rate? Have emailed cycling Australia but probably more likely to get an answer here first!!
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Re: Your First Race

Postby vander » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:02 pm

Elite licence for 12months is $280, be happy.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Toolish » Tue Jul 02, 2013 9:15 pm

That is now showing as $198, so I guess the pricing has been updated.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby march83 » Tue Jul 02, 2013 10:18 pm

192 elite or 132 masters is 6 month pricing. If you want to wait, 15 month licenses start October 1st...
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Derny Driver » Tue Jul 02, 2013 11:19 pm

march83 wrote:192 elite or 132 masters is 6 month pricing. If you want to wait, 15 month licenses start October 1st...

Yeah, wait till October 1st and buy your 2014 licence, get 3 months free ...
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Re: Your First Race

Postby toppity » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:39 am

don't wait, start now. You won't regret it. Get racing for 6 months then go from there.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby rheicel » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:17 am

Derny Driver wrote:
march83 wrote:192 elite or 132 masters is 6 month pricing. If you want to wait, 15 month licenses start October 1st...

Yeah, wait till October 1st and buy your 2014 licence, get 3 months free ...

Is it right to assume that racing license includes insurance as well?


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Re: Your First Race

Postby rogan » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:04 am

rheicel wrote:Is it right to assume that racing license includes insurance as well?

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Pretty average insurance in terms of personal injury to yourself and possible time off work, but yes, some insurance.

I think the main purpose of licence insurance is public liability to protect you against claims by other riders for your stupid/negligent/careless actions. I have seen such actions, but not heard of such a claim ever being brought. Not sure if it applies just in racing and affiliated club training events, or more broadly.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby rheicel » Wed Jul 03, 2013 12:11 pm

rogan wrote:
rheicel wrote:Is it right to assume that racing license includes insurance as well?

Rheicel


Pretty average insurance in terms of personal injury to yourself and possible time off work, but yes, some insurance.

I think the main purpose of licence insurance is public liability to protect you against claims by other riders for your stupid/negligent/careless actions. I have seen such actions, but not heard of such a claim ever being brought. Not sure if it applies just in racing and affiliated club training events, or more broadly.

I want to try racing but scared of all involved insurance premiums. Life insurance also ask questions related to racing and sports, same goes with medical insurance. I am sure that premium on all these personal insurance will also go up if I start racing even though Racing License will come with some sort of insurance cover as well. Are my assumptions right or I am just dumb?
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Re: Your First Race

Postby nickobec » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:10 pm

Read your policies and find out what is covered and what is not.

I think you may not be covered by some life and medical insurance if you race professionally.

But which health/medical/life insurance company would encourage sedentary life style (and all the risks that involves) over racing (risk broken collarbone). They know the healthier and more active you are, the better for them in the long term.

The Cycling Australia licence
will cover you 24/7 on the bike and includes personal accident, public liability & loss of income benefits.

but you need to read the policy for the fine details, but public liability got me.

If your bike is insured, you will need to see if that is covered for damage during racing (that may require an additional premium) or just race a bike you can afford to replace, I do.

I would recommend that you have ambulance cover either stand alone or via health insurance. The two short trips I had, neither cycling related where not cheap $1k+
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Pedaling » Wed Jul 03, 2013 8:56 pm

Derny Driver wrote:
march83 wrote:192 elite or 132 masters is 6 month pricing. If you want to wait, 15 month licenses start October 1st...

Yeah, wait till October 1st and buy your 2014 licence, get 3 months free ...

Hey DD,
Can you purchase a race license for 2014 after the first of Oct, in NSW?
Does your club also give you three months free membership in that case?
Reason I ask is because I have been training with Randwick Botany for a few weeks (getting my arse handed to me), and want to join that club.
I suppose I should ask the guys tomorrow.
Cheers,

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Re: Your First Race

Postby Derny Driver » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:51 pm

Pedaling wrote:
Derny Driver wrote:
march83 wrote:192 elite or 132 masters is 6 month pricing. If you want to wait, 15 month licenses start October 1st...

Yeah, wait till October 1st and buy your 2014 licence, get 3 months free ...

Hey DD,
Can you purchase a race license for 2014 after the first of Oct, in NSW?
Does your club also give you three months free membership in that case?
Reason I ask is because I have been training with Randwick Botany for a few weeks (getting my arse handed to me), and want to join that club.
I suppose I should ask the guys tomorrow.
Cheers,

Darrin.

Yes mate that's my understanding. If you are a new member and haven't held a CA licence before.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Derny Driver » Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:54 pm

rheicel wrote:I want to try racing but scared of all involved insurance premiums. Life insurance also ask questions related to racing and sports, same goes with medical insurance. I am sure that premium on all these personal insurance will also go up if I start racing even though Racing License will come with some sort of insurance cover as well. Are my assumptions right or I am just dumb?

There will be no change to your medical or life insurances just because you hold a CA licence. Cycling is not defined as a high risk activity.
Nico is on the ball, a healthier lifestyle will be applauded not penalised.
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Re: Your First Race

Postby rheicel » Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:10 pm

I guess I have no excuse now.

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Re: Your First Race

Postby kirky92au » Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:38 am

Derny Driver wrote:
Pedaling wrote:
Derny Driver wrote:Yeah, wait till October 1st and buy your 2014 licence, get 3 months free ...

Hey DD,
Can you purchase a race license for 2014 after the first of Oct, in NSW?
Does your club also give you three months free membership in that case?
Cheers.

Yes mate that's my understanding. If you are a new member and haven't held a CA licence before.


Exactly what I did last October, bought my bike in July started racing in October. Since then I've moved up from E to D grade, and hoping to get to C by the end of the year.

Here's my report of my first race:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=23454&start=1775#p862878
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Re: Your First Race

Postby ldrcycles » Sat Jul 06, 2013 7:33 pm

kirky92au wrote:
Exactly what I did last October, bought my bike in July started racing in October. Since then I've moved up from E to D grade, and hoping to get to C by the end of the year.

Here's my report of my first race:
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=23454&start=1775#p862878


183 average HR, nice work!
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Re: Your First Race

Postby Toolish » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:14 am

Finally bit the bullet. Signed up for my first race which is a 48km handicap race. Assume I will be in the first group off, no idea how they can handicap me given I have never raced before or ridden with them at all.

Either way, slightly nervous but pretty excited.
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