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Newbie Q: Cat 5 v. Masters 30-39 y/o, which is tougher?(6 posts)

Newbie Q: Cat 5 v. Masters 30-39 y/o, which is tougher?mdehner
Jun 20, 2003 12:37 PM
if it is possible to generalize. Looking for minimal humiliation for my first race (uphill TT).

Much thanks.
Many of the 30-39 are Cat 2's that can't hang anymore.nmMR_GRUMPY
Jun 20, 2003 1:03 PM
Yeah, and many are 2's that can still hang!(nm)merckx56
Jun 20, 2003 1:10 PM
re: Newbie Q: Cat 5 v. Masters 30-39 y/o, which is tougher?palewin
Jun 20, 2003 4:25 PM
If you didn't figure out the two earlier posts, Masters will almost always be tougher, since that fields contain cat2 and cat3 riders who meet the age requirement. The only advantage is that the Masters riders are more competent bike handlers (in general, experience counts!) so if you can handle the speeds and the attacks (Masters also know strategy) the riding is less crash-prone.
re: Newbie Q: Cat 5 v. Masters 30-39 y/o, which is tougher?CritLover
Jun 21, 2003 10:00 PM
Without a doubt the masters groups are faster! Much faster (and safer) in my experience. Before I could hang with the 35+ field in the local circuit race, I would do the Cat 4 races instead. It took me a while to build up to the Masters level. In the end, it all comes down to your fitness level, but be warned!
re: Masters racing is gonna kick your...MShaw
Jun 24, 2003 10:18 AM
I have a friend that's a Cat1 who was specifically recruited by his team to be their Masters sprinter. He races the 30+, then sometimes the Pro/1/2. Then again, he doesn't have a job either...

The races I did this weekend (Cyclovets Omnium Weekend, I only did the crits on Sun) bear this out. The M30+ field was hammering around the course much faster than the 4/5 and 3/4 fields that I actually raced in.

The other difference in Masters racing is teamwork. Some guys actually know what they're doing! Its a beautiful thing to watch till you're on the receiving end of it. Try telling that to the 4s and 5s.