Learn how to corner so you can carry your speed through corners. Then you are not sprinting back up to speed four times every lap.Clark said:I am wondering what is the best way to improve your form for crits?
The best predictor of cycling performance for events lasting several minutes to many hours is power at lactate threshold. So if you want to improve performance, raise your functional threshold power. There have been many discussions here on how to do that.Clark said:Its not the cornering I am concerned with. I am trying to improve my fitness for crits.
How would a person raise lacate threshold?asgelle said:The best predictor of cycling performance for events lasting several minutes to many hours is power at lactate threshold. So if you want to improve performance, raise your functional threshold power. There have been many discussions here on how to do that.
Boy is trying to help you; you dust him off.Keeping up with Junior said:Learn how to corner so you can carry your speed through corners. Then you are not sprinting back up to speed four times every lap.
Clark - what does your current training plan consist of?Clark said:How would a person raise lacate threshold?
toofast4u said:Obviously being able to generate big watts at LT is going to be a huge factor in your success or failure in any race.
Power at LT and recovery are the same thing. They're just different ways of looking at aerobic fitness.toofast4u said:Crit racing is all about recovery.
Absoluletely, I recently posted in another thread about a guy I know who turned a sub 51 40k beating two of the biggest monsters in the area and gets dropped in Cat 4 crits. I will freely admit that power at LT is the most critical measure of potential for high level riders. If you DONT have it you wont be successful at the highest levels, no matter how good your sprint is. But being able to ride a steady state TT will not make you a great crit rider or even a good road racer if you cant respond when someone drops the hammer.toofast4u said:While I agree that power at LT and recovery are both indicators of aerobic capacity they require different types of training to maximize each one. I know several guys who are TT specialists who can do a sub 55 minute 40k TT which obviously indicates a strong aerobic base. But you put those guys in one of our P12 crits with speeds touching 35 mph over and over again and they are OTB pronto. Just because you have great aerobic capacity doesn't mean you will be successfull racing crits...they are a different beast entirely.
PMC Yeah I heard that the cops came last night. Yeah the wind was tough on the uphill I was in the middle of the pack and got dropped on 3 or 4 lap up hill and never mad it back. I kept pushing myself and passing people who falling off the main group. I problemly could have stay with the main group if I was aggesive enough but this was my first crit ever.PMC said:Clark - what does your current training plan consist of?
Opus is a course where you need to put out a fair amount of sustainable power to stay on. Last night was windy so finding cover in the group is as important as being able to put out XXX watts. Find a soft spot and stay in it; recover on the downhill side and do everything in your power to stay in the group on the up hill portion. I wasn't there last night (my race was canceled anyway but that's a whole nother issue) but have ridden Opus enough to know last night would have been tough.
OPUS? There is no cornering at Opus... it is all one big circle. Position means almost nothing- as long as you are not out front. The only thing to mix it up are the points laps. And don't be fooled- most guys just sit in until there are points. The only real "issue" is the 40ft "hill" on the far side before the start/finish.Clark said:How would a person raise lacate threshold?