I've toyed with the notion of maybe getting a license just to say I have one. By that, I mean that I doubt I'll ever excel at the sport, but having a license and racing from time-to-time might be that extra little bit of fun and motivation to keep me on the bike on those dreary days...
Anyway, could someone give me some basic ideas of what Cat 5 is like? Is it basically guys like me who just want to try it out then the small group that's already on their way to the next level? Is it high-speed, long-distance riding? Are there freds that just muddle through and cross the finish line so they can say "I finished a race"?
A little about me in case it's important:
6'4", 250 (should be able to get back to 230 by mid-summer)
AvS on "moderate difficulty" rides = 17-18
Pack riding experience = the occassional group ride (I'm at least smart enough to know what I don't know so I try not to be stupid). On MS150's, I occassionally act as the "wind shield" for slower groups and have received compliments before on "keeping it steady".
2005 Trek 1500
Please don't be TOO harsh.