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Should I try a Novice Road race next year(6 posts)

Should I try a Novice Road race next yearflyinbowlofmilk
Nov 22, 2001 4:00 PM
Ok! Evveryone it's time to pick on the fool newbie now. Since the last time I posted something here, I have done my 1st Cycling Tour(CNC 2001). I have also started riding with a group in my area. The group is faster than my Avg.(16.0avg), and they do 17-20+. A rider from the group that I ride with suggest that I try a Novice road race next year. I have about 534 total mileage so far. I know that it will be a step up for me to do Novice road race ,but should I try it? I need advice. (31yr going on 32yr old , Afro-American)
re: Should I try a Novice Road race next yearJon
Nov 22, 2001 8:22 PM
Do you want to? So go ahead. BTW, the laws of physics, wind drag, and aerobic metabolism are
not ethno-specific.

You do need to get some consistent training mileage under your belt between now and racing
season, though. A couple of thousand miles preferably.
Go for it.colombian C.
Nov 22, 2001 8:23 PM
First keep riding with your group. That is where you will learn the most. Then, spend the 2002 summer racing cat 5 races. You will learn a lot and will be a great experience for you. As long as you approach the next season as a learning experience, there is nothing wrong with doing several cat 5. Also have a simple goal: Finish as many races as you can.

One last advise. Sometimes you will find a 30-40y master race. STAY AWAY FROM THEM!!! Stick to cat 5 races. The master racers will include many CAT1, 2, and 3s.

Welcome to the sport.

Colombian Climber
Mileage ?Cyclorocket
Nov 23, 2001 6:08 AM
You are lucky it's winter ! Make has more mileage on your trainer (if you don't have one -BUY ONE) that your legs can take

CAT 5 is there for new racers !

-Guillaume
re: Should I try a Novice Road race next yearjacques
Nov 23, 2001 5:34 PM
flyinbowlofmilk - you might want to consider starting your racing career by doing a few time trials before you do mass-start pack racing. The time trials will get you used to being nervous the night before the race, packing your car for a race, paying money to ride your bike on a course someone else picked, pinning on a number, and going as hard as you can. At the end of a time trial, you are placed and thus get some sense of where you are in comparison to other riders your age and level of experience.

If you're not satisfied with your time-trial performance, don't despair: there are many mediocre time-trialists out there who do very well in mass-start pack races.
re: Should I try a Novice Road race next yearallervite
Nov 28, 2001 3:38 PM
All very good advice. Giving a time trial a whirl is an espeacily good idea. It sounds like with the shape your in now though, you would get worked over pretty good. I say forget mileage, forget average speeds and any other technical crap for now. Unless you have been participating in some other endurance sport you need to do some serious aerobic work. At your level, anything is great, run, skate, ski, aerobicise, whatever. Do it and do it often until about eight weeks befor your first race. Then work on strength by riding hills or big gears. Good luck!