crashing aint so bad
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: santa barbara, ca.
Bike: 2005 red r6
Re: Track Days, help on the step up
If you are in the middle group, or group two as they call it where you are at. I would worry more on getting comfortable in that group and passing people. When you are passing the same guy in the group 2 times in a session and you are not nervous about working around other riders, then you may be ready for the fastest group.
The A group, group 3, or group 1 guys depending on what organization you go through all have one thing in common. They are really F-N fast and will pass you in spots where you least expect it and where you thought that there was no room to get by. You will think you are fast, until some dude ( or chick ), blows by you like you are sitting still in the middle of a corner, between you and the rumble strip where you left a one and a half foot hole that they could fit through. I'M NOT KIDDING........ I'm one of those guys which is why I warn you. If you at all skiddish about being passed by someone going twice as fast as you in what you thought was the least likely spot then you are not ready to move forward.
About the lap timer and why I made a segway about groups. You will not need a lap timer until you are ready to think about racing. You will be ready for racing when you are the guy that is passing people in the A group like I mentioned above. Having a lap timer now will only give you an idea of where you stand in terms of race time. Perhaps you will be 20 seconds off the race pace. Loosing a few seconds won't matter much and seeing it won't help you loose them any faster. When you start getting to around 10 seconds off of race pace it gets more difficult to loose time. That is when a lap timer is helpful. It will help you grasp where you are slow. Time gets harder to loose as you get closer and closer to race pace. The lap timer will help, but only because you will be able to see the difference in time from changes done to the bike. At this point in time there is no real gain from seeing if changes work or not and how they reflect on time. You need to get comfortable, and confident in your riding first. Once you get to the fastest group and can work your way through most of them easily, then a lap timer will be of more use.
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