I was originally planning on waiting until next season to race. First I wanted to get my fitness in order. Then I wanted to get in some group training rides during the off season. After all that I figured I would be ready to race. This past weekend I went on my first group ride in chicago and it has my confidence soaring. I was able to ride comfortably in 2 row pace line at speeds over 20mph for 2 hours. Ive never had an issue riding in close quarters so I wasnt worried about that I just didnt know if I would be able to hang at faster speeds. I still dont know what it must be like cornering at high speed in a group so that still has me worried.
So if I decided to go out for some races now, this late in the season what should I expect? Would I suffer because the cat 4 racers are most likely a lot more in shape at this point? Would I benefit because most of the riders should be more skilled by this point?