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Cat5 Racer need advice.(3 posts)

Cat5 Racer need advice.flyinbowlofmilk
Apr 13, 2003 6:21 PM
Hi! It you ever nusicance flyinbowlofmilk,in search of advice. Most of the racing team that I race with have told me that I need to race more. I don't disagree with them. But I am thinking of doing a Road Race in another state,that is a part of a Ominum using stage race format. I need to know if I should try to do a Ominum that uses a stage format as a Cat 5 racer? And I was also wondering if you could give me some advice on doing a GP race as a Cat 5 racer? Would I be biting of to much if I tried to do both in another state? And how would it help me as far a gaining racing experience that I need? Thanks in advance for you advice.


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hmm... stage race?weiwentg
Apr 13, 2003 8:11 PM
I would wait until my fitness improved. racing back to back can be hard. just don't get discouraged and keep training. I personally think you should get to the point where you can place top 10 in a Cat 4/5 race before you get to a stage race.
I managed a 9th place at a collegiate Men's B race. I'm currently thinking of riding the Tour of SE Michigan. 3 stages, 2 days. prologue time trial and a classics-style race (with some unpaved sections) on Saturday, and a hilly race on Sunday.
re: Cat5 Racer need advice.DeadGame
Apr 15, 2003 5:28 PM
Last year I did a stage race as a 5. I was not in great shape, it was was the second race on the bike of any kind. There where some guys that where really fast in the TT and since it was cumulative that was the event to win it on.

The format was TT 5k and Road Race on Saturday, Crit Sunday. I felt great the whole time. I took plenty of Endurox and stayed hydrated and ate plenty.

I placed 10th in the TT 4th in the RR and 3rd in the Crit finished overall 7th TT killed me if I could have shaved 7 seconds off the TT I would have been 5th. Do it. It will only make you better.