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Category Question(7 posts)

Category Questionliu02bhs
Jan 8, 2002 6:23 PM
Can anyone tell me the approximate TT, criterium race, and road race speed of each of the categories? I want to start do some racing, but don't want to be stuck w/ the Cat V. for very long, so I want to see how fast I have to be to start winning some races and get out of Cat V. Also, do 18 year-old qualify for Junior division? If yes, what is a competitive speed?
I can avg. 20.9 mph for 20 miles on a criterium course without drafting.
re: Category QuestionCharlie - Empire Cycle Craft
Jan 9, 2002 1:45 AM
If you are concerned about how you will do in a race you should buy a one day cat. 5 liscence and try it. You may not do very well your first race but most people don't. The key is to keep at it. I don't think I have ever seen anybody who takes racing seriously stay a cat.5 for more than a year. Just enter a race, you will do fine.

Charlie Weisel
www.empirebicycles.com
re: Category QuestionRayBan
Jan 9, 2002 6:20 AM
Its hard to say what the average speed will be because its based on the course and conditions, but It's safe to say the race avg will be 20+ though. Just show up, you will be fine. If you can try and stay in the front 10 riders. Have fun! If you start racing regularly you will be moved out of cat 5 in no time at all.
re: Category QuestionBobo
Jan 9, 2002 6:28 AM
Impossible to answer - depends on terrain, course, other riders etc.. Just get out there and race, that's the only way you'll find out. You'll be a CAT V for 10 mass start races (TT's don't count for upgrades) unless your USCF regional rep bends the rules.
re: Category QuestionTroyboy
Jan 9, 2002 9:35 AM
Exactly, you don't pick your categories. You must start at least 10 mass starts in the Cat. 5. I don't remember exactly what it takes to move up from there, however, I believe that once in Cat. 4, you must start having place finishes, not just race starts, to move up. Go see www.usacycling.org
Read this past stringTig
Jan 9, 2002 9:59 AM
Past thread on similar question
TT speedsTJeanloz
Jan 9, 2002 12:21 PM
This information gleaned strictly from the ACA website (Colorado's governing body).

TT's (10 mile, men)
Cat P-1-2: 26.5-28.5 mph
Cat 3: 24-27.3 mph
Cat 4: 22.2-26.0 mph

Colorado doesn't have cat5- Cat 4 is beginners.
18 year olds qualify for juniors IF you will be 18 on December 31, 2002. If you turned 18 last year, USA cycling already considers you to be 19. Winning races at the cat5 level has far less to do with how fast you can go for 20 miles- all that really matters is how fast you can go for the last mile (or hundred meters).