Criterium racing. A new bike opportunity or middle age foolishness…
Something cheap you don’t mind crashing and won’t hesitate when going for a gap. Weight not really a big deal as it’s flat. Race cunning and a good sprint far more important than strong legs or a nice bike 😉
Nathb has a big racing thread that’s mostly about people getting into crit racing and building bikes for that purpose. Check it out.Posted 4 months agoYoKaiserSubscriber
Slight hijack, I’ve watched the Chinese carbon frames come down in weight quite a bit over the last few years. Are they stiff enough? I’ve an old Planet X SL and its nice enough and comfy but honking out the saddle isn’t exactly solid. And these are on the heavier side of things.Posted 4 months agofossyMember
Did a bit in my yoof – it’s bloody hard, very fast out of corners, so if you aren’t near the front going in, you’ll get dropped.
Factor in lots of crash damage – as a roadie I never used the best bike in crits etc – I was mainly a TT’er but the thought of smashing up hard earned Dura Ace parts, I used the training bike instead.
We have proper crit circuits now though which are better than dealing with road furniture.Posted 4 months agocrazy-legsSubscriber
And as njee20 says, cheap is good for crits!
Specialized do a nice version of the Allez called the Sprint which is essentially a crit specific bike. They originally planned it as a 1x but roadies are too traditional for that sort of common sense!
Alu frame, 1x, some stiff wheels that are as cheap as possible. Job done. 🙂Posted 4 months agocrosshairMember
Race crash insurance isn’t dear. I think I’m paying £70.
My version of Nath’s Workswell build came in a little over budget but is now around the 7.6kg / £1800 mark with Ultegra and 50mm Prime wheels.
Crit racing is fun and very friendly around here, I’ve met some great people. It is a bit crashy (15/35 races or so but I’ve avoided all but one!) and a little negative in Cat 4 but it’s stopped me bothering with CX at all this season.
It’s not great CX training though- it’s the art of efficiency rather than skill and suffering. If you can overtake someone whilst coasting then you’re doing it well 😉Posted 4 months ago
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