Last Sunday, I competed in a criterium event put on by Red Kite Racing in Livermore, CA. The race consisted of 12 laps of a 1-mile course, which was dead flat and contained four turns. I was competing in the Category 5 race, which had approximately 40 athletes.
The start of the race was actually quite relaxed, and there weren’t any serious attempts to break away. The only efforts were being put out on the corners, each of which required an anaerobic effort (120+ percent of FTP). I made my way to the front 5-10 riders as soon as I could in order to minimize the impact of the accordion effect. However, I made sure to never let myself be completely exposed to the wind.