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Master's racing, how to get started..(11 posts)

Master's racing, how to get started..Roger H
May 13, 2003 5:46 AM
Looking for a source for info about getting into master's racing. Any tips would be appreciated. Thanks.
re: Master's racing, how to get started..palewin
May 13, 2003 6:32 AM
Your question is very general. Here in NJ, the Master's choices in races varies from many events where the only Master's grouping is 35+ to some with 10-year age groupings through 55+ (& rarely 65+). Most age-groups are open to all category riders, sometimes restricted to cat4 and higher. Because age-groups often include cat2 & 3 riders, they are in general faster and harder than cat5 or cat4 races. One approach would be to find a local race with age groups (use the internet) and find some riders who look in your age group, find out what club they ride for, and go from there.
Do a google search...Dwayne Barry
May 13, 2003 6:33 AM
for USA cycling or USCF and you'll find some info. BTW, if you're just starting out racing you'll find that Master's racing is quite hard compared to category 4 or 5 racing (especially if you are only 30 or 40, maybe if you're 50+ it might not be as fast).
Not really........MR_GRUMPY
May 13, 2003 6:44 AM
Last weekend the second faster time in a 20K TT was by a 50+ rider. 28 Min.
Oh yeah, well...Dwayne Barry
May 15, 2003 5:11 AM
when I did Fitchburg a couple of years ago, the guy who won the cat. 4 TT would have also won the cat. 3 TT, and finished top-30 in the P/1/2 field. I guess that means cat. 4 racing is comparable to cat. 3 racing and P/1/2 racing? I bet his time was right up there at the top of the master's classes as well.

There can always be outlyers. You would have to average all the 50+ and cat. 4/5 times to get a fair estimate of the relative ability of the riders. Or average speed during races might give some insight into this (although you'd have to account for differences in field sizes).
Right here is as good a place to stat as any...TFerguson
May 13, 2003 12:58 PM
Let us know in what area you want to race and those in that area will let you know what's available. Then start with the easy ones and go race. The learning curve is almost straight up at this point for every race even if you just start.
Answer these questions and we'll give you more info:shirt
May 13, 2003 1:18 PM
1. How old are you?
2. Where do you live?
3. How would you describe your fitness level?
4. Have you raced before? (running and triathlon experience interesting)
5. Does the concept of falling down on the pavement at speed freak you out?

AnswersRoger H
May 13, 2003 8:48 PM
1. 55 2. Southern California 3. Very good 4. Not since my twenties- (short track motorcycles) 5. No
The best way to get started......MR_GRUMPY
May 14, 2003 6:17 AM
is to sign up for some Time Trials. This way, you can see where you fit in the pecking order of your age group., show up for a group ride & throw down! nmshawndoggy
May 14, 2003 5:35 PM
re: Master's racing, how to get started..Eric Marshall
May 15, 2003 4:20 AM
Join a local racing club. Go on a bunch of group rides. Learn. Train. Prepare to suffer.