lunachik wrote: weg wrote:
lisanne wrote:I heard that while the instruction session was great, people weren't aware that there would be an actual race (I know I didn't think there would be) and that the pace of the race was too fast for the group to stick together and left a couple of people with negative impressions of what the morning was meant to be about.
I was under the impression that there would be 20 mins on the course with instruction and there wasn't going to be a race and that it would be a gentle pace to build confidence and skills.
Thanks for the info. I didn't go either, but I'm surprised they raced when it was said they wouldn't, and RideIt licences were OK. Wonder if there's any point in going to the rest.
Surprised at ave speed too - thanks for the report freckle.
it wasn't a race, and never intended to be such, so if "awards" were given out to the coffee crit girls, then it shouldn't have happened. If all the women were on the course at the same time (ie A and B grade as well as coffeecrit women), then perhaps there is some confusion as to which women were given "awards"?? Just conjecturing here, but thanks for the feedback.
There were a few spot prizes given out to girls participating in the coffee crits for:
crossing the line first,
coming the greatest distance to participate (Bendigo),
completing the entire session on a flat bar bike
and one other that I can't remember
During the second part of the session the speed was certainly higher than the first. When gaps opened up in the line we were being encouraged to jump across and fill them so that we could keep rolling off the front. For those of us at the front we were alerted to an opportunity to make a break and encouraged to do so. For the final 3 laps we were encouraged to give it everything we could, including a sprint for the finish line.
I'm a complete newbie to any sort of racing - yesterday was my first time on any type of course - but I'm reasonably strong on the bike. While the pace for that second part of the session would have been a challenge for many it was certainly just the type of introduction I was hoping for.
Perhaps the group could have been split at 8.00 with those who were ready to have a bit more of a look at "racecraft" (and I use this term very hesitantly because I'm sure what we were doing was much more crude than that) and those who wanted to continue at a similar speed and to build on the first session Difficult challenge to satisfy the range of skill levels present on the morning.