I did my first official road race(cat5 crit) yesterday. I've never even done a training crit. Managed to stay upright and finished 27th out of 58. Stayed towards the front the whole race, but a couple stupid mistakes in the last 2 laps pushed me back in the field. Worst was getting caught inside in the second to last turn and having to brake because someone cut down on me. Leaders doing 30+ and I was down to low 20's. The course had a hill that was 0.2 mile with about a 4% ave and I was worried how my old legs would be at the end of the race. I'm happy to say, my legs felt great even at the end and if it weren't for the SFU's I think I could of had a decent finish.
I also want to say VL has been a great help in getting me to get off the pot and start real racing.