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Cat 5 or Cat 9???(4 posts)

Cat 5 or Cat 9???taar44
Jul 18, 2002 5:42 PM
I have used the search button but displayed results did not really answer my questions. How does what determine what cat he will be classified in? I am very new to road bike riding and i was thinking of probably racing in the near future. I can prob hold a steady 20 mph if its all flat. I know it only goes as high as Cat 5 but i am suspecting my average would only qualify me for Cat 9 if such a thing existed!! A thorough explanation of categories or a link to a good site would be appreciated.
Jul 19, 2002 5:48 AM
All guys start at 5. There is nothing beyond 5, except possibly a "citizens" or "public" race at certain events.

After 10 mass start races, you can upgrade to 4. From 4 to 3, I think you need about 25 races or a certain number of points from placings. You'll have plenty of time to figure it out.

There are a few good ways to know if you should race. 1. Ride with some racers, 4's and 5's if you can, and see how you keep up. 2. Do a 10 mile flat ground, fairly windless timetrial; if you come in around 23-25 mph, you'll likely be ok. 3. Just show up and do a race; find one that's not too hilly at first. You'll learn lots and find out real quick.

Read the rules at USA Cycling:

You may wish there was a Cat 9!LC
Jul 19, 2002 9:32 PM
You will probally get dropped in your first Cat 4/5 race, but at least you will know how hard you will have to work this winter to stay with the pack. Just enter a race and do your best to hang on the back. Talk to some of the different teams while your out there warming up and cooling down and find a good one to join.
re: Cat 5 or Cat 9???kaiser
Jul 23, 2002 8:25 AM
a 20MPH average speed won't be an effective guage. average speeds are just that. They are not effective predictors for racing fitness.

Racing is about your ability to handle riding in a pack at speeds over 23-24 MPH (for cat 5), but then be able to handle 2-3 minute surges in speed of up to 27-28 MPH (at Cat 5 level)...You might be able to ride at the "surge" pace, but will you be able to ride it long enough to stay with the group? And if so, will you be recovered enough to even sustain the lesser speeds afterwards?

In order to handle these surges, you'll need to train accordingly.