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There's something in the air at a crit ride. Maybe its the smell of stomach acid as your anxiety and anticipation of the race festoon. This is just training day, but, the competition is fierce. Everyone wants to win and no one wants to lose. Nervous anticipation looms about the competitors. Each cyclist worries curiously, "can I hang on?"
Nothing beats a criterium ride for the ultimate in training. The criterium not only places huge demands on your body, it also requires mental toughness. While your mind is demanding more output from your heart and legs, while its fighting the pain and suffering, it is also strategising. Who's wheel do I need during the final run? Who might break early? Where should I begin my sprint? How do the winds work in my favor? All this and more make up the criterium race.