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Old 06-24-07, 11:04 AM   #1
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Beginning Racer?

Hey all,
I've been thinking about trying out my first race sometime soon. I'm wondering whether I would be able to keep up with cat 5s. Going solo, I can average 20mph on a 21 mile ride with about 1000 ft of elevation gain, and 19 mph on a 45 mile ride also with 1000 ft of elevation gain. Having never raced before, I'm just curious whether I'm likely to be able to stay with the group in a cat 5 race.
Thanks in advance for the input.
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Old 06-24-07, 12:07 PM   #2
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How are you doing in your group rides? Knowing how to draft will allow you to ride 25+ mph over that distance. My advice is to learn the art of drafting and then race.
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The effort it takes to average 20mph solo is probably greater than the effort to required to stay in a pack. If you know how to ride effectively in a pack you will have no problem.

Just try to mostly stick to the front (not the very front, you want to be in the pack and safe from the wind) so that if there's a crash your not as likely to be a part of it.
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If you have any thoughts of racing, enter one and find out. I have been riding for about 3 years, mostly solo, but a few group rides here and there. I was always told that even in Cat5, its a hammer fest and you'll never make it blah blah blah, so I avoided racing. I finally took the plunge about a month ago, and it really wasn't that bad, and it been a blast. Right now I have 3 events/5 stages of racing under my belt, with a best place of 4th. I really wish I would have raced sooner.
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Old 06-25-07, 09:23 AM   #5
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Do some group rides. Handling yourself in a pack is at least as important as the fitness IMO.
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Hey all,
I've been thinking about trying out my first race sometime soon. I'm wondering whether I would be able to keep up with cat 5s. Going solo, I can average 20mph on a 21 mile ride with about 1000 ft of elevation gain, and 19 mph on a 45 mile ride also with 1000 ft of elevation gain. Having never raced before, I'm just curious whether I'm likely to be able to stay with the group in a cat 5 race.
Thanks in advance for the input.
It is not possible to answer this question. The answer is found out by registering and participating in a Cat 5 race.
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Old 06-25-07, 03:29 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input guys. I'll try out a race in a couple of weeks and see how things turn out.
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Old 06-25-07, 03:46 PM   #8
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Good luck, and have fun!
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