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Old 05-03-07, 02:18 PM   #1
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How many years have you been cycling/training and what Cat are you?

Please answer honestly. How many years have you been cycling (with speed training, not just commuting or riding around the park) and what category racer are you?

I'm wondering if a pattern exists between years cycling and Cat level. I'm also wondering what the standard deviations are for each Cat.
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Old 05-03-07, 02:20 PM   #2
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Riding road for 10 years recreationally, Racing/speed training for 1 year, Cat 4.
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I'm cat 4, and I've never really done any organized training, but I've been cycling for about 2.5 years. When I started, I couldn't ride 3 miles without taking a rest. I've been racing for about a year.
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Raced MTB since I was 14, then switched to road after the MTB was stolen.

I had one race season where I did two races 4 years ago.

Other than that, last season and this season are my "I'm actually trying" seasons.


Short stop in Cat 3.
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16 years. Raced the first 4 years. Got to Cat 3 in my first season in 1992 in Denver/Boulder. Took 12 years off from racing, and now have my Cat 3 license back, looking to crush some souls if I can get enough time to race (weekends are really tough for me).
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'Crush some souls?'

I need a vacation bad.
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My first year biking was 2005. I did 4 cat5 races that year, but really nothing serious at all, same thing that cypress did. Last season was my first real one and I went from 5-3...my goal is cat2 by this season's end.
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First race was 1982. Most recent race was last weekend. Cat 2.
There is no correlation between years of training and category.
Some guys zoom to the top, and others don't zoom - some by choice, some not.

If you're a Cat 3 by the end of your second full year, you're doing pretty well.
But a lot depends on which part of the country and the size of the fields.
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Started riding in the summer of 2005. Rode first century in April of 2006. Started formal training plan during summer of 2006. Entered first race in August 2006. Upgraded to Cat4 in April of 2007. Decided last Sunday that I hate racing but changed mind on Monday. Decided on Wednesday that I hate time trialing but changed my mind this morning.

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7 years. Raced mountain bikes for 4 years and made it to pro/elite then had kids and quit for 5 years. Been racing road with this being my 3rd year and cat 3.
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Old 05-03-07, 02:32 PM   #11
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I've only trained seriously this past off-season. This is my third year riding, and my second year of racing. I'm Cat 3. I'm mostly into time trialing though, so categorisation doesn't matter so much to me.
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First race was 1982. Most recent race was last weekend. Cat 2.
There is no correlation between years of training and category.
Some guys zoom to the top, and others don't zoom - some by choice, some not.

If you're a Cat 3 by the end of your second full year, you're doing pretty well.
But a lot depends on which part of the country and the size of the fields.
To upgrade in Alberta you need results not starts. I understand that you can move from cat 5 to cat 4 in some locations by starting a certain number of races.
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For the record:

When I raced MTB, I didn't go a single season without winning one or more state championships (multiple states sometimes). I won Nationals in 2001... I thought I was the Cat's Pajamas, then I entered a category 5 road race and got dropped like a newborn giraffe.

They just aren't the same.
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Old 05-03-07, 02:45 PM   #14
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I'm not sure if I've really started training yet.. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to that.

4 Races last season, 8 so far this season. Cat 4 - starting to do alright.
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Cat 3, second year of racing. 3rd year of road riding.
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Cat 5 ATM, but looking to cat up ASAP.

I have been riding for about a year now, seriously training only a few months.
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Old 05-03-07, 03:13 PM   #17
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USCF license from 1992 through 1999. Cat 4. Never upgraded for two reasons:


• I suck at this

• My racing age was 35 from the start, so I always did Vets races anyway

In those 7 years I got a 2nd in a 4 race, a 5th in a Vets race, 9th at the NJ Cat 4 RR championships (can't recall what year that was), and a handful of other top 10 placings. Like I said at the outset I suck at this. I am however experienced at this, having participated in 150+ races in my pathetic career.

So now I'm 49, got my first license since '99 in January. 2 races so far. Planned on my first TT in years Saturday, but health issues may make that impossible (ultrasound tomorrow for possible gallstones, this just came up this week). But pre-registering for that race has served its purpose. I trained like hell and I'm in MUCH better shape that I would have otherwise been. Hopefully a week or so off the bike for pending medical issues won't cost me all of that fitness.

I do enjoy the incessant BF bike race banter. And to paraphrase the immortal Bobke, we are all peloton dogs.

And every dog has his day.

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Old 05-03-07, 03:24 PM   #18
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Old 05-03-07, 03:24 PM   #19
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3-1/2 years riding and just into my second year of racing. I'm a Cat 4 and getting close to an upgrade.
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-Riding for 21 months now.
-Cat 3.
-Race in the midwest, home of Memorial Day Races, Stupid Week, Elk Grove, and the ABR and USCF national championships.
-I'm a crit rat dying for some long climbs.
-Never actually raced as a Cat 5.
-After getting my ass handed to me by the Pro/1/2 boys all spring in college races, and finally coming around and hanging in towards the end of the season, I'm looking forward to learning a lot against a more level playing field, and getting some good results in the 3s.
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got my first uscf licence in 1984. did a couple of races that year as a 4. had epstein-barr for almost 3 years and started racing again the late 80s and early 90s. i had more that 3 times the points needed to move up to cat 2 but didn't as i was stopping racing to go to school. now i'm racing occasionally and would like to make enough points to make it to cat 2 again even though it doesn't matter with all the masters races.
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Been back on the bike since August, 2005....before that, did absolutely nothing for a year, and ballooned from 150 pounds to 180 pounds. Been shaving the weight down since, and am at 145 pounds (still need another 10 pounds to lose).

Cat 5, with 2 races under my belt....and a third this Saturday.

One thing I've noticed though...in my infinite wisdom after 2 races....is that whatever I thought was hard riding before, seems to pale in comparison to racing.
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Been back on the bike since August, 2005....before that, did absolutely nothing for a year, and ballooned from 150 pounds to 180 pounds. Been shaving the weight down since, and am at 145 pounds (still need another 10 pounds to lose).

Cat 5, with 2 races under my belt....and a third this Saturday.

One thing I've noticed though...in my infinite wisdom after 2 races....is that whatever I thought was hard riding before, seems to pale in comparison to racing.
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Old 05-03-07, 04:32 PM   #24
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Been road riding 15+ years, racing the last five. Cat4 and suffering.
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started riding, a real road bike in 68
local unsanctioned races from 70 to 73
1st USCF race in '73 as a Cat 4 (was the lowest cat at the time) and raced a 'ton' until '95 tapered to nothing by '97.
became Cat 3 in '74, Cat 2 in '77
stayed Cat 2 until '84 when I became a 'Vet' (that was the equiv of 'masters' back then, they had just changed to age break to include 35+) at which point I down graded to a Cat3.
stayed that mostly until '97 at which point I got off the bike COMPLETELY - until my re-entry into riding in summer 05 and racing last year -'06
at which point I'm well into Masters 55+.
Can't find any of my old paperwork (tossed most of it back in 2000) and really didn't want to make an issue of prior experience so I just applied on-line and was classed as a Cat5 noob - no biggie, I'm about as slow or as fast as most other 58 yr olds...
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