parawolf wrote:Mattrix wrote:parawolf wrote:Mattrix wrote:So, has anyone got any advice on the types of speeds an E-grade road race would be conducted at?
For an E-Grade Scratch Race, ~32km/h for 65km.
Thanks Para, I assume this Saturday's race being 99km may have a slight impact in lowering the ave?
Yes and no. Broadford is a hard course for the beginner racer. It's hilly (lumpy?), long, and being a handicap - hard work. Focus on getting the first
2 laps done with your bunch or without getting passed and dropped, then anything after that is a bonus. Middle of the pack to scratch markers do well here because they can maintain the tempo and shell weaker riders on the hills that manage to hold on during the flats.
Broadford is a tough course. Last year I was racing E... though later in the season in handicaps I was generally put in 2nd of 3rd limit (2nd or 3rd group set off) so at the upper end of E Grade. So handicaps are a little different when it comes to grading. If it's your first race you'd probably be put in the limit bunch (first bunch set off). If you enjoy the hills you'll probably be fine at Broadford.
As Para implied, handicaps require you to be able to ride in a bunch and to be able to pull your weight with your bunch. Handicaps are almost like a team time trial, you need to be able to effectively work together to prevent the faster bunches behind you from catching you. If you get dropped by your bunch you can ride with any bunch that comes from behind, though this can be tough if they're working well and riding at a pace faster than you're comfortable with. Handicaps can be a lot of fun, but can be demoralising if you find it difficult to ride with your bunch, or any bunch. In scratch races you can only ride with others from your grade (wearing the same colour numbers).
I would be recommending as a newcomer to racing it might be easier to have a go at a scratch race first, and Newham on 29th May is a relatively good circuit to start on - not too easy and not too hard. But don't let this stop you having a go at Broadford!!! And don't let a difficult experience at Broadford scare you off either.
And Brunswick rocks!!! We race on Tuesday nights at DISC. Have a chat to any of the people sitting behind a table, they will be able to help you out. Hang around and watch the racing. The track is open from 5pm for warm-up. Juniors racing starts at 6:30 and Seniors start at 7:30. The club have bikes that newcomers can borrow for racing or the Sunday morning development session.