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Road race classificationsjesse1
Sep 7, 2002 3:45 PM
When I was in my early 30's I raced Cat3. I haven't done a road race in 20 years, but I'm still in "race shape". My questions is: At age 52, if I wanted to compete again, would I be racing/competing against others much younger than myself, or closer to my own age?
If I got a USCF license, would I designate a CAT3, or would it be "Masters"?
re: Road race classificationsda cyclist
Sep 7, 2002 6:22 PM
You would designate an actual category like 3, 4, or 5. But, you could do any masters event so long as you met the age and/or category restrictions. I've never done a masters event, but it seems like they tend to split things up 35+, 45+ and 55+ (sometimes with category restrictions). You might also want to consider moving down to the 4's or even 5's(might be required after such along absence). 20 years is a long time not to be racing and even though I'm sure you know what "race shape" is, you probably also know that being able to ramp it up in a training ride is never quite the same as doing it in a race.
Thanks for info & advice...jesse1
Sep 8, 2002 3:47 AM
...I didn't know (or maybe I'd forgotten)that there is a Cat5 designation. Based on that I would take your advice & start out Cat4.
Thanks for info & advice...da cyclist
Sep 8, 2002 6:46 AM
Cat 5 is a relatively recent addition. It was created to allow new racers to get some experience riding in a pack. To move up, you just have to enter 10 mass start races. If you've raced before, the 4's are probably a good place to start. You can always move up to the 3's if you're doing well in the 4's, but good luck moving down to the 4's if you're having trouble in the 3's.