Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby displacedaussie » Thu Jan 03, 2013 18:33 pm

Crashes can happen anywhere. I wouldn't not recommend it. I found it fine as my first race. Just get out and do it, I think. :)

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby DavidJB » Fri Jan 04, 2013 08:26 am

Tough course for your first race but its fine. Just go and have a go as everyone finds it tough ;)

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby Cookie91 » Sat Jan 05, 2013 09:13 am

AK_jnr wrote:So you wouldnt recommend it for a first race then? I raced there in cars a few years about and ear marked it due to the width. Anywhere more suitable then? I'm from Farnborough, hants.


There is the army winter/ spring and summer series run at ludgershall. I think that may be closer to you than castle combe, check it out on british cyclings website. Like you though i have no experience of races and only recently purchased my license, so hopefully someone more experienced would be able to let you know what it is like there!

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby DavidJB » Wed Jan 09, 2013 09:22 am

Cookie91 wrote:
AK_jnr wrote:So you wouldnt recommend it for a first race then? I raced there in cars a few years about and ear marked it due to the width. Anywhere more suitable then? I'm from Farnborough, hants.


There is the army winter/ spring and summer series run at ludgershall. I think that may be closer to you than castle combe, check it out on british cyclings website. Like you though i have no experience of races and only recently purchased my license, so hopefully someone more experienced would be able to let you know what it is like there!


Raced (and won twice there) a number of times last year. The winter series is ok, the track is horrific really unless they've sorted it out. There are nice little rivets that catch your wheels...fine if you know about them because they just make noise rather than make you unstable but they can spook the beginner. Its probably the worst crit circuit in the local area but its passable. Portsmouth is a good circuit to race on for your first race.

I'll be racing at Ludgershall again this year due to its proximity so it can't be that bad eh?

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby okgo » Wed Jan 09, 2013 14:11 pm

AK_jnr wrote:What is the best tactic to get into the 3rds then? Is there a big variation of ability in 4th cat?


No, almost none from my findings. Just a handful of quicker riders, but a good 4th cat (of which sometimes there are many in the same race) is soon to be a good or average 3rd cat, so it doesn't change much.
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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby Strith » Wed Jan 09, 2013 15:37 pm

Is anyone else having problems getting on to the Imperial website?

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby joe.90 » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:44 am

DavidJB wrote:
Cookie91 wrote:
AK_jnr wrote:So you wouldnt recommend it for a first race then? I raced there in cars a few years about and ear marked it due to the width. Anywhere more suitable then? I'm from Farnborough, hants.


There is the army winter/ spring and summer series run at ludgershall. I think that may be closer to you than castle combe, check it out on british cyclings website. Like you though i have no experience of races and only recently purchased my license, so hopefully someone more experienced would be able to let you know what it is like there!


Raced (and won twice there) a number of times last year. The winter series is ok, the track is horrific really unless they've sorted it out. There are nice little rivets that catch your wheels...fine if you know about them because they just make noise rather than make you unstable but they can spook the beginner. Its probably the worst crit circuit in the local area but its passable. Portsmouth is a good circuit to race on for your first race.

I'll be racing at Ludgershall again this year due to its proximity so it can't be that bad eh?


did we really need to know that you won there 'a number of times'?

*head expands*

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby DavidJB » Tue Jan 15, 2013 19:05 pm

joe.90 wrote:
DavidJB wrote:
Cookie91 wrote:
AK_jnr wrote:So you wouldnt recommend it for a first race then? I raced there in cars a few years about and ear marked it due to the width. Anywhere more suitable then? I'm from Farnborough, hants.


There is the army winter/ spring and summer series run at ludgershall. I think that may be closer to you than castle combe, check it out on british cyclings website. Like you though i have no experience of races and only recently purchased my license, so hopefully someone more experienced would be able to let you know what it is like there!


Raced (and won twice there) a number of times last year. The winter series is ok, the track is horrific really unless they've sorted it out. There are nice little rivets that catch your wheels...fine if you know about them because they just make noise rather than make you unstable but they can spook the beginner. Its probably the worst crit circuit in the local area but its passable. Portsmouth is a good circuit to race on for your first race.

I'll be racing at Ludgershall again this year due to its proximity so it can't be that bad eh?


did we really need to know that you won there 'a number of times'?

*head expands*


Sorry for being proud of my achievement. What an absolute b4stard I am.

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby displacedaussie » Tue Jan 15, 2013 19:20 pm

Saying that you had won added context to your comments. Joe was being a dick.

Congratulations on your wins. You should absolutely be proud of them. :)

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby ga02clr » Thu Jan 17, 2013 17:41 pm

Personally I would prefer to hear from people who have raced hard and had success at a venue to its merits than someone who had rolled round sheltering in the group before getting shelled out as things hot up at the end...

Maybe just me.

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby xavierdisley » Sun Jan 27, 2013 20:08 pm

To get back to a point in the original post - to the best of our knowledge there isn't going to be a BUCS road race this year.

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby Setarkos » Sun Jan 27, 2013 20:27 pm

xavierdisley wrote:To get back to a point in the original post - to the best of our knowledge there isn't going to be a BUCS road race this year.

Xav


Is that just from the BUCS website or do you have any other information?

Looking at the TT dates, the road race would right during my exams anyway, so it's not happening for me...

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Re: Tactic for Hillingdon 4th Cat

Postby xavierdisley » Sun Jan 27, 2013 21:17 pm

Loughborough aren't able to run it this year as they are normally forced to by BUCS, but BUCS aren't willing to do anything to organise one (ridiculous really!). It is an E12 level race, people were getting gapped in the neutralized zone up the hill last year!

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