Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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180 at 6'3" is not too bad. The question where is most of the muscle mass, in the legs or in the upper body? Also what is your frame size? Both of these are real determining factors in how heavy you are. I am 6'6" and I could neve be below 200 and I race, I just have a large frame.
Muscle mass can help alot if it is in your legs, good strong legs means high wattage but also you need muscular endurance. If you stop working out as much you may loose some muscle mass due to using the muscles differently. The other question is whether you are really huge or lean in muscle mass. IMO cycling requires fast lean muscles not big huge muscles but that comes from time on the bike. Remember that you do need muscles in your upper body though, expecially in your arms in the more aero posistions on the bike.
Good luck with racing, if you want to do it just go out and try it and see how you do. Then decide on things like loosing weight. If your averages are really in the low 20's then you should be close to being able to hang in the lower catagories (4,5) assuming you have the muscular endurance.
Just your average club rider... :)