Improving bike-handling skills
I tried some Crit racing over at Hog Hill earlier this year with mixed results.
I did a Cat 4 race where I was fine (finished in the group), but then I came off the track on a corner during my next 3/4 and smashed myself up a bit (not into anyone else). The one after that, my confidence was shot, and I basically just struggled along at the back.
My fitness is good enough I think, the problem lies with the confidence of cornering at speed (I've gone back and ridden the track on my own a few times) - and just not being able to stay calm in a group.
I'm already starting to think about how I can tackle winter training / next season to get myself over this. I've tried a club, but they didn't really ride together (and what is it about all the 8am Sunday starts?!)
I also wondered about specialist coaching. Maybe even a bit of mountain biking. Anything to get me used to moving the bike around.
Obviously, I could just HTFU. But, I feel kind of responsible when in the group that if my handling skills aren't up to it, then it may not just be me that gets effected.
Anyone got any useful tips?