Sunday, September 10, 2006
Today's crit - NCA Grand Prix
I won the open and Janna won the cat 4.
More interesting ...
"you don't win races by crashing. It's part of the game but you'll learn to avoid people and situations that cause crashes." -- cominatcha
Very good point and a skill I practiced today racing with the cat 4 men crit. Instead of racing to win, I just worked the group, monitoring wind and position, and watched the riders, picking out who was wobbly, irresponsibly aggressive, etc. then worked to maintain a decent position, but away from those riders. Also focused on looking up the pack in order to have some time to take evasive action if necessary. I think my recent asphalt encounters have given me the motivation to make these skills top priority -- Not because I'm scared of hurting, altho I don't much care for it -- but because of the reason pointed out above. If you wreck your bike and put yourself on the ground, you aren't going to win the race, or even place. Better to play it smart AND fast. :D