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Old 02-22-06, 09:43 PM   #1
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Collegiate Road Racing

I have my first road race this weekend and was wondering if anyone could offer any advice.

I have been riding for about a year now, and train with a couple of guys that race cat 4, and one that just moved up to cat 3 this year. I am not sure if i should race mens C or B this weekend, i think i should race C, but a friend of mine that races for Murray State says i should go straight into B. This will be my first road race, but i have a lot of experience with riding in large groups, so that shouldnt present a problem. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-22-06, 09:56 PM   #2
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Im in pretty much in the exact same boat as you. My race is at DePauw, we are a brand new team and I was advised a little while ago to race C's. The only problem with that is that the other 3 guys I am going with are all racing B's. I would have a lot more fun I think if I raced with them. Also its a super long way to travel for only 20 miles.
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Sounds like we are in exactly the same boat. ive just started a team at western kentucky university and me and two other guys are planning on going to the depauw race this weekend, looks like all three of us will race C. im not sure how long the drive will be for you but its going to be about 4hrs for us, and that is a long drive for a 20 mile race.
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Im in pretty much in the exact same boat as you. My race is at DePauw, we are a brand new team and I was advised a little while ago to race C's. The only problem with that is that the other 3 guys I am going with are all racing B's. I would have a lot more fun I think if I raced with them. Also its a super long way to travel for only 20 miles.

It would also be a super long way to drive to get dropped like a rock after 3 miles.... Just something to consider.
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20 mile RR, sound like a TT or crit more then RR distance. I would try C, see what the field is like. One thing is riding with B's, another is racing with B's.
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I would start out in C's and see how that goes. In any event, there may be guys sandbagging who should be in B but are racing C's, making your C race that much more competative
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Yeah our drive is 10 hours. I agree that C is probably where I should start. We have 2 very strong guys and then myself and the other guy are solid but should probably get our feet wet first. Maybe ill see if I can talk him into the C group on the way down.
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If you ride with people that think you can start in Bs, and you feel like you compare pretty well to the cat 3/4 guys you said you ride with, go B. I was totally unsure myself for my first race a few weekends ago. I decided to go into Bs. I got 3rd in the road race, and won the crit. Plus the sketch factor is down quite a bit in the Bs. If you're driving all that way, I think you'd be disappointed in a C's race.
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Wow, collegiate racing must've really caught on or they're getting a lot of newbies. When I did collegiate, if you weren't at least a cat-3, you'd have no chance in Bs. Cat-4s were the C racers and beginners were Ds. There were some weak cat-2s that was doing well in Bs. Strong cat-2s raced As and cat-1s could only race As.

I'd say start in Cs and if you win your first couple races, move up to B.
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Some conferences have D catagories but the MWCCC does not, C is the lowest
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Wow, collegiate racing must've really caught on or they're getting a lot of newbies. When I did collegiate, if you weren't at least a cat-3, you'd have no chance in Bs. Cat-4s were the C racers and beginners were Ds. There were some weak cat-2s that was doing well in Bs. Strong cat-2s raced As and cat-1s could only race As.

I'd say start in Cs and if you win your first couple races, move up to B.
Danno, I respect you immensely for your knowledge of the sport, but I think that each USCF category is deeper now than it was back then, and the differences between them decreasing. I think its a combination of more people racing in general, more collegiate racers, and a lot of newbies. This will be my first real racing season, and I expect to race at least the As road races towards the end of the season, especially at regionals. I'm starting out in the Bs, and moving up to As after 3 race weekends (although doing a USCF race in between one of them). For me, its a lack of tactical knowledge and just getting my crit handling down. After I get used to those, I'll be slaving for the team.

Although it should be noted that I wasn't exactly a bum off the street when I started cycling...
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