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Do I have any potential?(13 posts)

Do I have any potential?Col1
Nov 26, 2002 2:59 PM
I have been riding an MTB for the past 9 months predominantly commuting to work. I am considering purchasing a road bike and maybe getting into a bit of racing and was wondering how I would fair. First a bit on my history. I have always been into long distance running but a few years ago I started suffering from shin splints and bad knees. I gave everything away and subsequently put on a heap of weight, I was up to 249 and have dropped to 209. I need to lose another 33pounds and I will be lean. I am quite strongly built and have very strong quads. The bike riding has been a godsend as it does not impact on my knees or shins at all. My regular commute is 9.3 miles on a hilly ride which I do in 27mins at an av speed of 18.6mph. I havent done any really long rides yet. My longest ride was 40 miles at an av speed of 21.7mph. All this on MTB tires running at about 60psi. I regulary ride with a few roadies whom I always keep up with if not leave behind at times. They are encouraging me to buy a road bike and get into racing. Should I? Any feedback would be appreciated.
of course!trekkie1
Nov 26, 2002 3:08 PM
You certainly do. However, you'll probably not realize all your potential without several years of regular, serious, hard work. Meanwhile, have fun with it and don't make it all work and no play.
Have a go ya mug!deHonc
Nov 26, 2002 3:14 PM
For God Sake - I keep reading ridiculous postings from punters stating their average speed etc and wondering if they are ready to race - For Christ sake - just join a club and have a go! Whats the worst that can happen?
Have a go ya mug!Col1
Nov 26, 2002 3:44 PM
Point Taken.. I assume your an aussie, based on the title of your post. So am I. All I really want to know is are these times ok or above average considering I'm riding an MTB. In kph I'm riding an average of 30kph for my commute over 15k which Ive done in 27mins on a hilly ride?
You're readydeHonc
Nov 26, 2002 4:52 PM
Col1- Yeah, I'm from Brisbane - Look, you should be fine racing - we (University) race every Saturday morning and do 26.4 km (12 laps of a 2.2 km circuit) unless its the Uni "Worlds" which are 30 lap epics - 66km. Average speed in a race is between 40-50kmh - depends on whats happening. You should get involved, stay with the bunch and learn in your first few races - ditch the MTB - you can't race that. Use it for commuting or training or better still - riding trails.

Good luck. PS - If you're from Brisbane - you'de be welcome to join Uni.
You're readyCol1
Nov 26, 2002 5:33 PM
I'm from Bris as well. I had looked at the Balmoral club with a view to riding the Murrarie crits. I have heard of your club as well and was interested in looking into it. How does your racing compare to Murrarie? I would be looking to start off in C grade of course.
Either Club is gooddeHonc
Nov 26, 2002 5:55 PM
Col1 - I have never raced in the Murrarie crits - but the Murrarie crits would be similar to our club crits which as I said, are held each saturday morning at 6.00am. We then all have brecky and go for a group (up to 40 bikes) ride around the river finishing at South Bank. There is also a race Wednesday morning.

If you want to come out with Uni - send me an email and I'll give you details for training (each Tuesday and Thursday @ 6.00am) - then you get a club license ($139.00) which can be upgraded (pay the difference) later to a QCF license - which I think you'd need for the Murrarie events. My email is if you are keen. If you join Balmoral I won't talk to you anymore!
Either Club is goodCol1
Nov 26, 2002 6:26 PM
Great, I work at Milton so training at Uni would be a breeze for me to go to work after. I will email you when I get closer to buying a bike. The reason I wanted to know whether I would be competitive is that I'm looking at shelling at quite a few grand for a bike and would hate to find that I didnt cut it and was stuck with an overly expensive bike. I'm looking at either a Pinarello Galilaeo or a Giant Carbon Composite. i know my post sounded like a bit of a boastful wank but I needed some confirmation. I actaually know someone from your club Lindsay N.
No worriesdeHonc
Nov 26, 2002 7:04 PM
No worries - hope to see you out soon. Look, I've just shelled out big bucks for a bike ($7000 - Trek 5500) and even if I decided I didn't want to race anymore - I've got a brilliant bike for riding anyway - so go ahead and buy something sweet - thats my advice anyway. You will find that interval training will get you race ready very quickly. The original post didn't sound boastful - its just that averages, max speed etc go out the window when you race. We all go through the "will I be competitive" worries but you will be - good luck and I'll look out for you when you start.

PS - As a member of UQCC, you get 10% discount from the Uni bike shop ($700 for my bike) - Gavin there is brilliant.

Dan Mack
Dude, swap them tires!BowWow
Nov 26, 2002 3:46 PM
If ya really want to give the roadies fits, get a set of Tioga City Slickers, pump 'em up to the max, and let'er rip! You'll be blown away at how much easier it is to pedal, and your times will drop as fast as you drop your riding buddies! And trust me, it really torques 'em to get dropped by a schmuck on a mountain bike!

Once you see your potential with this small investment in tires you won't even question getting into road racing. Go for it!
Dude, swap them tires!Col1
Nov 26, 2002 3:56 PM
Thanks for the advice, its something I've be meaning to do for some time. I'll head to the LBS today. I did once borrow a friends road bike for my commute to work and knocked about 5mins off my best time. The speed of that bike blew me away. I'll have to get my arse into gear and get a road bike asap.
re: Do I have any potential?muzza_b
Nov 26, 2002 4:48 PM
Just do it. If you can do 18.6mph over 40 miles on an MTB, you'd have no problem in my bunch on a road bike.

For (road bike) beginners, like you and me, it's about time on the bike, and making that time worthwhile (efficient and effective training). I've only been riding for two years, and this year my 100km PB is 25 minutes quicker than last year. It's just effective training and time on the bike. You'll make similar gains in your first two or three years if you put in the miles. You'd be amazed at your own potential. Join a club too. Club riders are, almost without exception, very helpful and encouraging. Get that road bike - you'll love it.
re: Do I have any potential?pnitefly
Nov 28, 2002 1:05 PM
I agree with one of the previous posters. I am tired of "should I or shouldn't I race" posts. Are you asking for our permission to race? We can't decide that for you. Enter a race, vanquish your foes so badly that they are the ones asking "should I or shouldn't I race?" Not you.