Racing season is well and truly upon us, and here in the US we have a glut of the fast, closed circuit racing known as criterium racing. Run on race courses that are generally less than 3K in length (that's about 1.8 miles or so), most crits are full of fast corners, accelerations, twitchy riders and (unfortunately) crashes.
Many people cut their teeth on criterium racing in Category 5, which can be prone to certain “issues.” Because anyone with a bike and helmet can sign up to race cat 5, simple things like learning where to put your hands, braking safely, how to corner or how to hold a line are always suspect. Taking the next step of knowing when to attack and simply how to train your energy systems to handle the rigors of crit racing are a few of the more advanced things you can do to be a stronger and safer crit racer. Trust me, all those around you will thank you for it.
In today's podcast, I'll cover the following: