Yup. When you are "on the edge" due to riding all out in a race, bike handling skills that seem easy when doing recreational or training rides suddenly become wild and at times nearly out of control. The more you race, the more you will learn to pace and improve your bike handling when the body is screaming back at you. Improved conditioning and race experience will iron out most of those issues.glider72 said:I just entered my first race yesterday and finished second in a beginner class. It was actually a duathalon. I felt like a spaz on the bike though. I kept slipping and falling off in places I normally would cruise through with no problem. I actually fell off my bike and sat on my rear spokes! Is it typical for people to perform not as good during race situations because of the adrenaline and fatigue of racing?
Congratulations on your 2nd place finish in the beginner class. Hopefully the experience was a positive and the racing bug will draw you back to do some more of it.