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To upgrade or not to upgrade(4 posts)

To upgrade or not to upgradelongfellow68
Jun 6, 2002 5:21 AM
I've been a Cat 4 for about 3 years and I'm 33 years old.
I have enough races and points to upgrade. I haven't won any Cat 4 races though.

Reasons to go to 3:
I want to avoid the carnage. The 4/5 races are getting worse it seems with more people.
A faster pace suits me better instead of the stop and go routine and the inevitable sprint finish (dangerous as hell)

Reasons to stay a 4:
Training more = more time on bike = less time chasing women
Pain and agony of 1/2/3 races.
Haven't won or dominated any Cat 4 races.

What would you do? I know alot of people that went to Cat 3 without winning anything (still not).
Upgrade...hammer_cycle
Jun 6, 2002 5:39 AM
In my mind, there is no point not to upgrade to 3 if you can do it.

The 3's are all-around much better riders which often leads to a much safer race. Cat 3's also have the most number of races to choose from it seems to me. For ultimate training, you have the option to race with the 1's and 2's. There are also plenty of Cat 3 only and Cat 3/4 races out there. I've found that racing as a 4 I mostly do 3/4 races, so why not at least be a 3 and have more races to choose from. Also, at least in the northeast, Cat 4 fields at good races almost always fill up early and quickly. Also, you will become a much better rider just racing with teh 3's.
upgrade...merckx56
Jun 6, 2002 7:01 AM
tis better to be an average cat2 than a ass-kicking cat4!
Upgrade and you'll get better faster...biknben
Jun 6, 2002 12:21 PM
I think there is little doubt that riding with beter competition will help/force you to improve.

I can relate using my MTB experience. I won a couple Sport races and consistantly placed near the top. I moved up and found myself struggling to keep up in Expert. It forced me to train harder and learn quick. The guys I know in Sport are not improving as quickly as I am.

IMO, you're holding yourself back by not upgrading.