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Which Cat should I start with?(13 posts)

Which Cat should I start with?chirchlady
Mar 5, 2002 3:46 PM
I'm in pretty good shape, have been riding regularly for the past 2 summers (and when I can through the winter) and have done several group "rides" (MS150, local centuries, etc). I'm always able to keep up when things get competitive (which I'm finding happens a lot). Now I'm ready to try some road races. Should I just start with Cat 5 and see what happens, or should I try one of the higher classes? (I'm able to maintain about 19-21 mph average over a rolling 20 mile course, if that helps)
That's easy,TJeanloz
Mar 5, 2002 3:53 PM
You don't get to choose. You start as a Cat5, your district rep will move you up as you complete the requirements for advancing up the ladder.
That's easy,CT1
Mar 5, 2002 9:36 PM
Don't you feel like you wasted your time when others post the same info???
b ... ;)

ride on
JohnG
re: Which Cat should I start with?merckx56
Mar 5, 2002 3:54 PM
you don't have the choice. you have to start in the 5's.
if you have never raced before, you should probably stay in the 5's until you have completed the required ten races.
too many people decide they are ready to move up and either get shelled or are way too nervous in a bunch. race a cat five race and see what it's all about before you try to jump into a cat 4 field. it's great that you want to start racing and i hope you do well, but you must find your head in a racing pack.
you have no choiceoffrhodes
Mar 5, 2002 3:54 PM
You have to start off as a Cat. 5 when getting a USCF license. You must race I believe 10 races to be considered for an upgrade to a cat.4, or get 20 points. It is all broken down on the road section at http://www.usacycling.org .

Paul
http://www.offrhodes.xnapster.com
re: Which Cat should I start with?RobO
Mar 5, 2002 3:56 PM
You will always start at category five. Race directors rarely offer a 5s race. Should they offer a 5s race, they often give the racer an option to enter the 4/5 race. Only in larger races will you find the 4s and 5s be separated, it is done for safetys sake because of the large pack size.
re: Which Cat should I start with?chirchlady
Mar 5, 2002 4:01 PM
Thx for all the responses.. . . .. next question is, then, do I have any hope of being competitive at the speeds I mentioned???? Methinks getting dropped in the early part of a cat 5 race would be a big piece of humble pie! (not that I'm unwilling to pay my dues, though)
re: Which Cat should I start with?TJeanloz
Mar 5, 2002 4:08 PM
If you're averaging 19-21 mph, you probably have the fitness to hang with the 5's- you'll just have to get used to how to use it.

5's races are often of the hurry up and wait variety- go 100% for three laps, take a nap for the next 20, for 100% for two laps, nap some more...but if you don't hurry up, you won't be able to catch back onto the group for your opportunity to wait.

Don't be shocked if you get shelled the first time out. But the key is not to hold anything in reserve- even if it's the first lap, give everything you have to stay in the race, the tortise and hare weren't racing bikes....

Also, don't feel compelled to pull. This isn't a group ride, you have no moral obligation to go anywhere near the top 5- your goal should be to sit between #5 and #10 the whole time...
Any tips????chirchlady
Mar 5, 2002 4:09 PM
Thx for all the responses.. . . .. next question is, then, do I have any hope of being competitive at the speeds I mentioned???? Methinks getting dropped in the early part of a cat 5 race would be a big piece of humble pie! (not that I'm unwilling to pay my dues, though)
here's a must read threadTig
Mar 5, 2002 6:12 PM
You can thank lonefrontranger for her excellent tips on racing.
lonefrontranger "New Female Cat 4 Raceer" 2/16/02 11:51pm
Look through some of her other posts for more useful tips as well.
Any tips????weiwentg
Mar 5, 2002 6:39 PM
methinks you would be quite competitive indeed at the speeds you mentioned. I wish you good luck and a strong tailwind. :)
The Cat. in the hat...mr tornado head
Mar 5, 2002 7:26 PM
SOrry, couldn't resist.

Best of luck with racing!
re: Which Cat should I start with?ripSRV
Mar 6, 2002 9:39 AM
QUIT YOUR DAY JOB, MAN. You're going to make a ton of money racing bikes.