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new cat5 questions...Rubiks_Manuever
Jan 15, 2003 12:51 AM
Howdy y'all racer-types--I just posted this to the regular discussion board, with no idea that there was a racing board. Thank goodness. Anyway here it is: Ive been racing centuries for the past year (my first year) and this coming season am going to start racing cat5 in Greenville, SC. I looked at the USA Cycling site to get my liscense online, and downloaded the USCF race rules and stuff, but I would really like some firsthand, practical information regarding these races, so I know what to expect. I heard there are lots of crashes, it that the case? Is there some strategic way to avoid these? Further, how many miles are they, generally? I know they are not long enough to have to eat anything (like in the centuries), but do people use water bottles? I just don't want to show up for the first race completely clueless. Thanks in advance

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re: new cat5 questions...I Love Shimano
Jan 15, 2003 1:33 AM
From my experience, you need a to be real sharp during races...know what every cyclist in view is can avoid crashes if you see them coming. Keep away from squirrelly riders, riders who don;t ride their line in a turn...etc.
re: new cat5 questions...Freewheelers
Jan 15, 2003 5:03 AM
nice to hear from another person from Greenville. I would imagine you are going to start your racing in the spring series events (late Feb-March). Last year was my first year racing. I found it real helpful to go into the races knowing who to watch for and who to follow. Get together with someone else in the group and see what info you can get. I haven't crashed yet in a race, but I guess that means I haven't raced enough. Try your best to stay in the front third of the pack and stay steady. Cat 5 races are no where near long enough (20-35miles) to worry about food. Water bottles are helpful though. You may just need one bottle depending on the length of the race. If you are really uncertain about all of this, you could try to find me before the race. I'll either be a cat 4 or 5 depending on if they upgrade me or not. Look for a 5'8" skinny guy in a Freewheelers of Spartanburg uniform. I'll be riding either a celeste bianchi or a bright orange Klein.
Good luck
thanks for the heads-upRubiks_Manuever
Jan 16, 2003 12:52 AM
Thanks man--I live in asheville but will be racing in greenville--first time. I'll be on a red and yellow caad3 with a red giro helmet and some silly red and yellow costume on probably--red&yellow bartape, red&yellow look pedals, red&yellow EVERYTHING! (saddle too) I'm six foot, 200lbs, thanks for the input--look forward to it! I'll try to hammer it from the get go to stay ahead of the crashes--I'm not a bad sprinter but not so fast on the hills as can be imagined with my build. But I've never done flat-out races--just centuries. I really like the freewheelers setup compared to the blue ridge bc or the abrc, but I don't really know so much...Greenville seems way more fired up and organized than asheville.
re: new cat5 questions...53T
Jan 16, 2003 10:35 AM
Stay up front to not get stuck in or behind crashes. IN your first race you will be off the back, also safe from crashes.

Cat 5 crits, 12-15 mile. Cat 5 Road Race, 28 to 40 miles. Most races have a race flyer that gives you good information, these are usually on the web. Do a search

No food, one water bottle, no pump, no tools, so seat bag.

You will remain completly clueless unless you join a racing club. I'm sure you can find one.
re: Not always the case....I_See_Fred_People
Jan 17, 2003 3:40 PM
...that a newbie will be off the back. I wasnt in my 1st race. But, I had extensive experience in T,TH practice races.
re: new cat5 questions...Spunout
Jan 20, 2003 11:45 AM
Two bottles (40 miles), always carry a pump and a spare. If you get dropped, the wheel van passes you. Long walk home with a flat!

I race without a spare set of wheels, if I flat I'm not going to win. So, WTF. I don't have a grand to throw around right now.
re: new cat5 questions...legs
Jan 16, 2003 1:03 PM
be honesst with yourself about your skill level and handling skills. find a local club to ride with. make sure that you know how to be a smooth rider. know how to communicate and please stay away from the front until you have several races under your belt... dont try and win your first race.. just get used to riding in a crowded hectic bunch... you will learn that the bunch is like a living organism.. there are calm and nervous peletons. learn how to hold a wheel so that the guys behind you wont get gapped and have to make a jump.
learn how to stay away from squirrley riders (make sure that you are not one of them). dont be like lance.. be yourself... cat 5 is novice.. its cool to be a novice.. with time you will move up...
practice turns at speed .. ride not for who is in front of you but for who is in back of you...
keep your head up. relax. smooth...
remember that this is for fun. most towns have club rides that emulate crit speeds and conditions a few days a week. oh, and pre ride the course if you can.. understand the hazards of the cousre...

try and have fun.. as you gain experience you can start trying to race in the races...
rome wasnt built in a day.
re: new cat5 questions...DeadGame
Jan 24, 2003 4:16 PM
Last year was my first race year I started in June and raced 7 times. I am a sprinter as well but, I have improved my climbing ability quite a bit since last year.

If you are 2 honey and riding a flat course you will enjoy it and probably do well. If you are racing with hills remember it's no problem riding up a hill at 15mph, except that the 6'0 140 boys will leave your ass if they wish. My advice if you think your about to blow up is hang in there as long as you possibly can, they are 5's as well they can't keep that pace up forever.

In my 2nd road race "45 miles" we reached a significant incline on the second lap someone attacked up front and we lost at least half of the pelton. I thought I would pop as well but the pace eventually slowed down and we all recoverd. I ended up with a 3rd place finish but I probably would have won if not for slipping a pedal.

Oh yea,
Forget about getting any respect. Just have fun.