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Cat 5 times for 7 mile flat Time Trial?(4 posts)

Cat 5 times for 7 mile flat Time Trial?timwat
Aug 26, 2003 10:16 AM
I'm thinking of trying my first ITT in 3 weeks.It is a 7 miler which I assume is mostly flat(central Georgia) Anyone have an idea of what cat 5 times usually run in an event like this? I'd like to do a few test runs and see how bad I'd be spanked before commiting. Also, I'm curious about cat 5 criterium avg. speeds.

Thanks in advance
re: Cat 5 times for 7 mile flat Time Trial?bimini
Aug 26, 2003 10:31 AM
I started racing this year. My first race was a road race. I set a realistic goal. "Don't come in last". I came in 69th out of a field of 100. There were a lot of DNFs due to a big pileup in the lead group the first mile or so into the race. So I think I was 69th out 81 finishers. I have done several more since then and have had a good time at all of them. Yes, your going to get spanked. And at times you get to spank others. I have made progress and now have goals of hanging with the big dogs on road races.

You won't know if you don't try.

To answer the question, I'm not familiar with the times for a 7 miler. On a 25 Mile TT an average of about 22 MPH would put you in the middle of the field in a Cat 4/5 race around here. I would guess with the shorter distance you could raise that to 23 MPH.

The point is go ahead and get spanked. Races are a lot of fun and excitement if you go in with realistic goals.
re: Cat 5 times for 7 mile flat Time Trial?Will Ross
Aug 27, 2003 3:40 AM
Do it for the experience and don't worry about the result. Concentrate on your positioning and heart rate -- you'll learn something about how your body responds to a TT-type of effort, and you can work on extending that to longer distances. If you do test runs, realize that your HR may respond differently in a competitive situation and run higher, expecially at the start. Seven miles ought to be pretty flat out, so go hard and have fun with it. It may be exactly the type of event for someone thinking about giving competition a try but unsure whether to commit -- so commit. Hey, you can't get dropped.
I can give you results for a 10 mile TTLC
Aug 28, 2003 3:26 PM
This was for a very early spring 10 mile TT with one U-turn on a windy and rainy day. For 4/5 men the best time was 23:01 or 26 MPH, 79th(last) place was 29:19, 40th place was 26:11 or about 23 MPH. Basically if you want to be in the top 10 you got to beat 24.5 MPH.

BTW the best time of any catagory was 21:44 or 27.6 MPH!

Crits have nothing to do with TT speed since it is not a sustained effort.