ironhanglider wrote:zill wrote:
I won't be at A grade level in 3 months time (being at racing weight doesn't automatically mean A grade) but hopefully B grade (fitness but not skill) level (and that is why I am starting in D grade). Actually, I love to race and often try to race anyone that look fast every time I go out riding or commuting. However, I don't want to do it formally yet. I take formal racing very seriously and feel that physically and mentally I am not ready now. When I do enter into regular crits, it might turn out that I hate racing in a bunch in which case I will only enter in time trial races.
I actually have started a topic on power
What I really want to achieve is a high 20 min watt/kg (purely for personal satisfaction).
Crits are a bad way to get into bunch racing. You need to be good at riding in a bunch before you enter your first crit, particularly at Kew which whilst it only has one tight corner there is not a lot of room to recover from someone messing it up. Someone like Jules21 will have a better idea of how often that occurs but my experience there was that someone would touch a pedal on that corner at least once every race, although it didn't always send them off line. The fight for position going into that corner could be pretty intense too.
That is why I want to start out in D grade crits so that I can ride at the back and then fly past them in the second last or last laps (hence the need to be very fit)
What group races in Melbourne do you recommend for someone who is inexperienced in bunch racing?