British Cycling have now set out some rules that allow crit racing to resume in the UK.
I am lucky that my local crit organisers have been hot off the mark and organised a mini series of 6 races over 4 weeks. Given the restrictions, the races are 2 x 15 mins with a 20 min break between. One race is points for order over over the line, the other is the same plus 5 prime laps for additional points. Winners on the night and an overall for the series.
A few questions:
What would you fuelling strategy be? I can definitely go into the first race on my normal fuelling which is to eat 2 hrs before. A gel in the break or not needed?
What workouts would you pair with this over the next 4 weeks?
Background - I’ve just completed SS Base Mid Volume (2nd round this year) but I’ve also been racing virtually which really targeted threshold power (race durations of 30-45 mins) so I actually feel ready to race IRL (minus the skills!).
I usually race CX over the autumn/winter and don’t target summer crit racing to win (rather to help team mates) but given that any CX racing won’t be in a league format and there’s no National points then I figured I’d give this crit series a go!
I was also thinking that this year I could test the boundaries on what sort of workload I can do outside of racing as I’d have a tendency to taper and rest so much during race season that I lose a lot of fitness (I realise some is inevitable).
Any thoughts welcomed… TIA.