Last Sunday, Jan and I decided to go watch the Springfield Crits. These are an annual event held in a blocked off business section in south Springfield. As it happened we saw a family I know. Tim’s son, John, raced the Junior and the Cat 4/5 race. We stayed through the end of the Junior Race and watched the Cat 5 race. After doing lunch at home we headed back for the end of the Women’s Open and the first part of the Cat 1/2/3 [final race of the day]. A local bike shop, A&B Cycle, and their red van worked the pit as can be seen in the picture below.
As I recall, of the 17 or 18 Cat 5 racers, ten had purchased one-day licenses. This allows them to get the feel of a race and test the waters without making a year long commitment.
Sometimes the pelaton rushed by on a path closer to us. I was amazed at the force of the wind they created as they sped by. The course was .6 miles and they riders were consistently in the 25-30 mph range. They raced for 70 minutes and then ended with three laps. Attacks were constant throughout the time we watched. Single riders or groups of two or three were always trying to succeed in a break.
No, I will never race like this. But I sure enjoyed the time and look forward to next year.