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Help with Categories.(6 posts)

Help with Categories.RookieZ
Dec 25, 2001 8:28 AM
I am a newbie. I am considering entering some races this year. I am 37 years old. What is the difference between Cat V and Masters 35+? Which do you enter as a newbie race rookie?
you will get smoked in mastersnfm-
Dec 25, 2001 11:28 AM
enter as a cat 5- your sketchiness will be par for the course and won't po anyone there
I second that...Bruno S
Dec 25, 2001 11:05 PM
Masters is not only composed of ex 1,2,3-cat racers but they also have the money to buy the good equiment.
yup - they'll kill youDog
Dec 26, 2001 6:42 AM
I entered a Masters 35+ race a few years ago. Got dropped within 1 mile of the start on the first hill. Blew up so bad trying to catch up that I had to quit the race half way. Masters "Open" could very well contain national champions.

Go with the 5's. That will be hard enough.

You might have a remote chance of staying with either group if the race is pretty flat and there are no surges. That's a big "if" and a big "and," though.

cat 5grandemamou
Dec 26, 2001 8:45 AM
As others have mentioned. Cat 4 masters races aren't a bunch of old guys poking along. Depending on who shows up some of the races around here rival Cat 123. Also, if your new to racing starting off in 5 will allow you the time to learn the ropes instead of fighting for your life to try and hang on.

There is no rush. Take the time to learn tactics and "rules" and you will enjoy it more.
yup...masters will wipe the floor with you (nm)Fed Up
Dec 26, 2001 9:25 AM