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Racing classifications(11 posts)

Racing classificationsLittle E
Aug 10, 2001 8:14 AM
Look, I am a new to the sport. What are the different classifications such as cat 5/4/3/2/ etc ? Are the beginners cat 5's ? What are the mph ave's in each classes? Take a generally flat course and mix in a few rolling hills. I can ave 17 to 19 mph over a 20-30 ride. I have ridden in a few group rides and can stay with the "slower group" but only the people in the "faster group" are racers. These guys are long gone by the end of the ride so I can't talk to them about the local racing scene. The lbs does not seem to care much about giving info to a newb. There is a local road series that I would like to try but I would like to know what to expect. I am 33 and ride about 50 miles per week. Can someone give me an idea of what to expect and what the ave. speeds might be like? thanks
start as a 5Dog
Aug 10, 2001 8:30 AM
Start as Cat V; move up to IV after 10 races.

Ave. mph won't mean much. In road racing, it's the surges and hills that get you. Must be able to accellerate and climb without going too anaerobic or at least be able to recover quickly. It's definitely not like steady riding, unlike your normal club rides. You'll be freakin' amazed how fast racers climb hills, with the goal being to drop anyone who can't hang.

First, find some racers and do some training rides with them. That will give you an idea of what to expect. Get to know them and ask some questions. Ask around at a lbs for some names of people, or just track some down on a ride. Try not to look too Freddish, or they probably won't welsome you (unfortunate, but true).

Sign up for a race and give it a go (just get a one day license). That's the only way you'll know. Likely, if it's hilly, you'll be off the back soon. Don't get discouraged, though, happens to nearly everyone. Then, train lots more and try again.

Aug 10, 2001 8:45 AM
If the race has a citizens category, can't you forgo the license? I was told to start at citizens because I won't get into as much trouble with my slender skills/knowledge. So, I'm trying one this weekend--just to see what its like. ...And because I'm a sadist who enjoys being humilated publicly!
one-day licensevaiVaiVAI!
Aug 10, 2001 8:49 AM
usually a $5 add-on when you register
not usually necc for citizensColnagoFE
Aug 10, 2001 9:51 AM
but if you race in a cat you need a day lic.
Aug 10, 2001 8:51 AM
Some races have a citizens category, but none of the ones I've done here in California. Maybe some parts of the country do them more. Yes, if there were one, I would start with that (although there is a chance that they could be even more dangerous).

License?Big D
Aug 10, 2001 8:53 AM
Most "citizen" category races will require you to purchace a one-day license ($5) before racing. If you choose to purchase a license (annual) from the USCF later, you can send the receipt from the daily license and they will deduct $5.00.
Oh My Gosh...Did I say that outloud?Kristin
Aug 10, 2001 9:07 AM
Oops, I must have dropped my disguise. I wasn't planning reveal that I'm gonna try a race. How embarrasing. Don't laugh at me too hard okay?
Oh My Gosh...Did I say that outloud?4bykn
Aug 10, 2001 9:30 AM
Good luck in the race, looks like good weather finally. Since you announced your intentions here you ARE obligated to fill us in with the results!
I think your race will be shown live on OLNmr_spin
Aug 10, 2001 9:39 AM
The cat is amongst the pigeons now....
Good Luck...And We Demand A FULL Report (nm)Greg Taylor
Aug 10, 2001 9:39 AM