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When to race?(5 posts)

When to race?hutchtrickstar
Oct 19, 2002 2:53 PM
hello all,
I have been riding for a couple years now and want to start racing. How do you know when your ready? Is there a certain amount of miles I should be able to complete in a certain amount of time? Or a certain amount of mph I should be able to maintain? Thank you for any response.
re: When to race?LC
Oct 19, 2002 6:11 PM
Join a race team and go on the training rides. If you can stay with them when they go hard you know your ready. Even if your not ready you will certainly learn a thing or two.
re: When to race? - Join a Club (kinda long)roadcyclist
Oct 20, 2002 3:24 AM
Join a club or just go on a local club's group rides. You'll learn to ride in a pack safely, and if you can hang in with the "A" riders - you're ready to be competitive (most club "A" rides are "races" anyway). There's a big difference in "just racing" and racing competitvely. As for distance or average speed - most races are fast, slow, fast, SUPER FAST, fast, faster, FASTEST (read intervals). You need to be able to stay with the pack at all speeds and terrain. You also need to be able to recover from the hardest parts of the race (when the speedsters and/or climbers try to thin out the pack) to make it to the finish line.
What area of the country do you live in?Andy
Oct 20, 2002 6:06 PM
I was lucky in that the University where I work has a class every spring called Thursday Night Roadies. They teach you everything you need to know to get started. Notice I said "STARTED." After that I joined a team. The nice thing about a class is that you won't get yelled at for making mistakes. Now I just get yelled at when I ride with the team. I was too intimidated to just go out a join a team. The class gave me the confidence to go ahead and do it. See if your community has such a class.
Start now!!!PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Oct 20, 2002 8:26 PM
Just start racing in cat 4-5 and work your way up. All you need to get is experience whether in how to race or training knowledge and you'll be on your way. There are no "criteria" to race. I started when I was (relatively) fat and outta shape (I came from a contact sport background... so I was in shape just no endurance).

If you want help designing a program/advice feel free to email me at Nick@podiumbound.ca.

Nick
PodiumBound.ca