I've been riding pretty seriously for about 1.5 years and I want to try some racing this year. The crit series in Austin doesn't start for a couple weeks, but I just noticed there is a road race this weekend at Lago Vista.
Would this be a good race for a beginner? I'm just looking to have some fun and get a taste for racing, but don't want to dish out a bunch of money if I'll probably be off the back and riding 30 miles by myself.
I've been doing group rides for about a year and my FTP is 260+ at ~180 lbs. I really have not done any intervals except FTP stuff since last fall, so I know this is a big weak area for me right now. The course doesn't look too hilly, but not flat either.
IF it is a good first race, should I enter the regular CAT 4/5 race or the masters 4/5?
Any advice/guidance is appreciated.