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Never Raced - Need AdviceLimegreen
Apr 13, 2001 11:24 AM
I have never road raced before but MTB race. Just bought a road bike. 41 years old. 2 hour ride average 22.4MPH riding alone on slight rolling terrain. Calm cool day.

I do understand drafting concepts.

What level should I consider riding my first race and what kind of shape am I in?

Thanks,
Limey... to you and Jayz...bigdave
Apr 13, 2001 4:26 PM
Read my post one thread down... it may help a bit. Limey, you could ride the cat4/5s or the 40+. It sounds like your fitness is pretty good, but the 40+ races can be quick... a crit just a week ago was cranking at about a 25 mph average for 50 minutes or so.

But while I can give you advice, or others can, the only way you'll both truly learn is to go out and do it. I just did my first few crits and although the kind and wise folks on this board did a lot to *tell* me what to look for, trust me, it's far different in the heat of battle. Things will happen (breakaways, etc) before you even realize it. Or, you might think it's a break, go like mad only to have it peter out and get snapped up by the field again.

So, the best advice I can give is in the previous post to Gelo... just let it happen, learn and have fun.

Good luck.

--Dave