I have actually never done anything but very painful, yet fun crits. I am in the process of getting stronger out on the road as I've found a nice bunch of boys at a LBS who consistantly shell me off the back at mile 15. (my goal is to hang on till mile 17 next week)
Why? do you need a work mule for the first 10 miles? um...you guys to cx? ;-)
a bunch of us cx race - Katina, who you met already, and a smattering of others here too, but Katina's really our cx-er. We have a crit in Binghamton in August that a bunch of us go to -the Chris Thater. Lots of fun! Maybe you can make the drive north and join us.
This year has been a bit of a sorry year for the NY bellas and road racing. Lots of injuries have prevented many of us from racing. But we have more and more who are into tris.