RED HOOK CRIT: HOW TO RACE A CRITERIUM
1) How Is A Criterium Different From Other Road Races?
2) What Clothing And Bike Did You Use?
3) Do You Have Any Nutrition And Hydration Advice?
For short races like a crit, the key is starting the event sufficiently fuelled and replenishing your fluids (including electrolytes) after the race. Some riders find that a caffeine gel before the race helps them focus and to get ready for high-intensity cycling.
Stay hydrated during the day too. If you’re traveling to the race, pack a bottle with some carbs and keep yourself topped up.
4) How Can You Prepare Before The Race?
5) What Other Advice Do You Have For First-Timers?
Enjoy it! It’s going to be a massive learning experience, but you’ll come away knowing lots more about what you need to do the next time.
Try to start somewhere near the front of the group to give yourself some time to get up to speed. Concentrate on your position in the group and ensure that you aren’t overlapping the wheel of the rider in front. Be aware of those around you, especially when taking the corners, and try to ride a predictable line so that riders behind can follow around the corner smoothly.
Some riders are more vocal then others in the group and you may be told a few pieces of advice. Don’t worry, this is all part of the learning experience!