The National Criterium Championship is coming to my town in August and I was wondering what kind of speed/shape would I need to be in to race Cat 5 (20min +1 lap). I have never raced, and not sure I will but though I could get an idea of what is involved from here.
I ride avg 17mph on a 30 mile route of stop lights quick but steep hills.
I could be in better shape, getting there tough.
Would this be realistic, or am I high and should I just train for next years?