Your FirstCENTURY ROAD CLUB ASSOCIATION Bicycle Race Adapted from: “My First Bike Race” Kristen Dieffenbach, Ph.D., CCAASP West Virginia University Level 1 USA Cycling Licensed Coach
Before your ﬁrst RaceIf you have never watched a race, don’t. Justenter. - Jacquie Phelen
Why Race?cardiovascular beneﬁts enjoy the outdoors -low impact sport (well, kind brrrr.....(racing in March?)of...) great activityimprove body composition improve moodenhance muscular power competitionenhance endurance in order of priority (Bosh, I’m here to win!)increase energy
The PaperworkCRCA Membership http://www.crca.net/membership/new-members-getting-started/USAC Racing License http://usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=6784marshaling dates chosen
The Hardwarewell-maintained bike road bike with drop handlebars the bike ﬁthelmet - new, well ﬁtted, worn @ all times when at CRCA raceeventsCRCA jersey and/or kitCRCA numbershoesmuch, much more clothing for cold/wet races
The Boundariesknow & follow the USAC Racing rules http://usacycling.org/news/user/story.php?id=4220know & follow the CRCA & Central Park rules http://www.crca.net/racing/club/race-protocol/ride the Central Park loop (know the course)train & eat for racing (are you ﬁt to race, not just ride?) CRCA Coaching program schedule http://www.crca.net/coaching/coaching-schedule/
More Boundariescan you.....hold your line?hold a wheel safely?ride safely in a group?eat & drink safely in a group?do this when going FAST?corner safely at race speeds?learn Bike Racing Safety tips http://www.crca.net/ > Racing Tab > Drop down to Racing Safetyhave you considered a Racing skills course?
Your ﬁrst Night Before.... check your bike pack your race bag what do I need? http://www.crca.net/racing/club/race-protocol/ individual checklists are recommended you will ﬁnd you have your own necessary things eat & hydrate well
Your ﬁrst Pre-Race!wake up on timeeat a good breakfast (if your GI tract allowsthis)get to registration with time to warmup & pinyour number on the correct side http://www.crca.net/membership/new-members-getting-started/ Number position listed on Race Schedule page exact change please
The Pre-Race checktire pressurewheels secure & centeredwater bottle cages & bottles securebrakes not rubbingmonitoring devices workingall non-essentials off the bike (pump, bag, etc.)
Key RulesAVOID THE RECREATION LANEall USAC race rulesall Central Park ruleslisten to all pre-race announcements forpossible changesknow WHERE the ﬁnish is
Your First Race!go on the whistle keep your eyes up clip in fast hold a straight line stay with the pack hydrate ride smoothly, both hands on the handlebars if dropped, continue. But, be alert.
Your First Race! (cont.) listen for the bell - Last Lap To Go prepare for the ﬁnish decide on Tactics, Position, People to watch hold your line eyes up stay alert continue riding after the ﬁnish line avoid turning around and riding back to the line
What if....?I miss the start You can start and attempt to catch the pack, or watch, or go home.I ﬂat? CRCA races are circuit races. You have to repair the ﬂat and chase the pack. There is no repair pit, no free lap rule, and unless it is a teammate, you cannot accept assistance.I crash? Stay down initially. Standing up fast can endanger you more if racers are still passing. If you are not hurt, spin your wheels, check your bike, and attempt to chase. If you are hurt, wait until a marshal or help arrives.I see some inappropriate racing? Protests should be ﬁled with the Race Director during the protest period after results are posted.
Post-raceeat, drink, & cool downresults take time There is a 15 minute protest period after results are posted lodge protests then & only with the Race Directorreview your raceBut, AVOID doing so in the recreation lane! use perspective, training diaries can be helpful