Stay away from crits. I was a fairly fast on the open road and regularly rode the hot group rides with the local cat 2/3 guys. They were trying to get me to race with them, I think mostly because I could be a good domestique...pull hard on the front and set up their sprinter. So, I jumped into a local cat 5 crit. BIG MISTAKE! This was a 1 mile square block in town...every turn was 90 degrees. Unless you are short, have incredible bike handling skills, or are fearless, forget about it. I was getting dropped by overweight HS girls. No kidding. I was so frustrated because I was way fitter aerobically but they knew how to corner. I was like a yo-yo...catching them on the straight, but falling behind on the corners. There was a lap rule, so I was out if the race after about five miles, but there were guys who clearly got lapped, but just pulled over on the far side of the loop (out of date of the official), let the leaders go by, and then tucked back in. They did this several times and ended up placing in the overall. Totally crap.