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Race newbie needs help(4 posts)

Race newbie needs helpDoomsday
Apr 19, 2002 8:21 PM
Hi all I have bin road biking now for 2 years and @ this point I would like to start racing but I'm not sure what the C-1 trough 5 stands for.
If it helps I'm 28 and about 200# I keep an average of 19 to 21 mph with not to many hills.I ride a 2001 canondale R4000.
any responce will be greatly apreciated
re: Race newbie needs helpS-U-B
Apr 19, 2002 10:10 PM
Cat 5 is for beginners. You have to start in Cat 5 and depending on where you are, you need a certain number of races in order to move up to cat 4, from there you need a number of top tens, I think it is 5 where I live, in order to move to cat 3. Not sure if the rules vary through out the country. You will start in cat 5 though. good luck.
re: Race newbie needs helpQubeley
Apr 20, 2002 5:57 AM
To race, you first need to get a US Cycling Federation(USCF). And USCF use "category" to separate people of defferent experience and speed. When you first get your licence, you are a cat 5. Advance from cat 5 to 4 is just 10 participation in races, purpose of that is to let you learn how to ride safely in group. From cat 4 on, you need to prove your worth by winning races to advance to higher categories. When you become cat 1/2, you can probably race with the Pros.
Good luck
USCF site and rulebookTig
Apr 20, 2002 7:32 AM
Bookmark these for future reference. The rulebook is hard to find some items in, but is still useful.
USCF road page: http://www.usacycling.org/road/

Rulebook: http://www.usacycling.org/rulebooks/uscf_rulebook_toc.html