Mikeyp wrote:1. If I get my full license, will that allow me to ride SKCC / Glenvale / Sandown ?? And how long does the license go for ?
As parawolf says, but he suggests more obsticles than generally exist for summer racing. Crits (summer) generally don't require that you have to worry about being a foreigner. Winter road racing tends to be a bit more anal about being in the right combine, but I've never heard of anyone being excluded at a summer crit because of being a member of a club from a different combine.
Vets licences are not CA licences (history and a bunch of stubborn old fools conspire to keep it this way...) and Sandown on Thursday is one of the vets clubs, Tuesday it's CCCC (CA).
2. Riders of around the C Grade standard, do you do a ride the day before and how high intensity is the ride ?? Very intense or a mid intensity/lower and relatively short ride. I guess for a couple of examples would you be doing an Intense Mt Eliza loop or ride out in the hills or maybe a short 40 or 50 so km ride of lower intensity, just curious, I am wondering if I am riding too hard on the Saturday and feeling the pinch a bit on the Sunday ?
One thing you'll need to work out for yourself. A lot of my riders benefit from an easy ride the day before, with some very short high intensity efforts thrown in, (5x 5s jumps, as an example), some prefer a longer ride. There's no one right answer for everyone.
Bear in mind that crits (and racing in general) places different demands on your body than you're probably used to if you've done mainly threshold riding (triathalon). Shorter overthreshold efforts and recovery is important. It's not uncommon during, for example a B grade crit at Glenvale, to have to ride at 600-700watts+ for a minute or so while bridging or coping with attacks and surges, which unless you've trained for, will smash you to pieces. I've done turns (last summer, haven't been down to Glenvale yet this summer
) in excess of 700 watts for 30-45 seconds to chase down breaks and so on (power meters tell you interesting things).