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When To Move Up In Class?(4 posts)

When To Move Up In Class?Jake Gilchrist
Oct 17, 2001 9:29 AM

After the first two races in one of the NorCal 'Cross series, I have 2nd and 1st place finishes. This isn't the most competitive series in the area (that would probably be the Santa Cruz-based Surf City), but there were 20 or so guys in the last race and I didn't feel particularly challenged.

Philisophically, I am opposed to sandbagging and I wonder if I should just move up now. My only real concern is that the race distance goes from 30 to 45 minutes if I move up to Bs.

Any thoughts?

re: When To Move Up In Class?climbo
Oct 17, 2001 10:26 AM
good placings out of 20, now move up. You'll only get better by moving up to see how you fare in the B's. You'll know you can kick butt in the C's so what does it matter to get 1st every race there? What class are you on the road or MTB? C's around here (NE) are for beginners, most Sport and Cat 4 riders race B's.
re: When To Move Up In Class?Jake Gilchrist
Oct 17, 2001 10:31 AM
I have never raced on the road and I raced my mountain bike once about 5 years ago. I was in the top 5 when I flatted with about a quarter mile to go.

One reason I think I should move up is that I get to the races early, warm up really well, ride the course and try to figure out the fastest way around each part. It doesn't seem like most of the other C riders do that kind of thing.

Also, I can get there a whole hour later if I race Bs!
you have answered your own question. nmdug
Oct 17, 2001 10:38 AM