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Busta Quad 08-29-12 09:12 AM

Too old to race?
 
I'm 49, back to riding after 10 years. 20 years ago I was a Cat-3, but I know I can't ride with the young guns now, esp in the hills.

Does USA Cycling have a Geritol category these days?

mattm 08-29-12 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BustaQuad (Post 14667249)
Does USA Cycling have a Geritol category these days?

Yes, it's called Masters.

rkwaki 08-29-12 09:28 AM

Screw that, race category...
Just work your way back into it, there is no reason you can't be competitive again.

AzTallRider 08-29-12 09:40 AM

You ask that question at 49? Sheesh! There are people over 50 racing Cat1. Get training. And check out this sub-forum, since you almost qualify:

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ll-Disciplines)

chas58 08-29-12 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by mattm (Post 14667283)
Yes, it's called Masters.

You are too young to be complaining about age. Seriously. You can race in the master's category, but around here the 45+ category is a lot more competitive than the cat3 category.

Find a level you like competing at, practice, enjoy, and have fun!

mattm 08-29-12 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by chas58 (Post 14667456)
the 45+ category is a lot more competitive than the cat3 category.

I would imagine it's not the old-guy part that makes it more competitive than the 3's, it's the cat 1/2 part.

bitingduck 08-29-12 10:58 AM

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Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 14667378)
You ask that question at 49? Sheesh! There are people over 50 winning Cat1.

Fixed that for you.

wanders 08-29-12 11:10 AM

Busta's back.

caloso 08-29-12 11:15 AM

Around here M45+ is almost always harder than Cat 3. Safer and smoother but harder.

ericm979 08-29-12 11:17 AM

Depending on your location there may be a lot of M45 cat 4 or cat 4/5 fields in races. M45 cat 4 is often the fastest filling field in NorCal.

If you have your old USCF licence number you may be able to convince the district rep to reinstate you. But as a 3 you'd be racing with the M45 1/2/3 guys and they're really fit. It might be better to downgrade to cat 4, or just start over as cat 5. That's what I did when I came back after 20 years. Since we have a lot of M45 4/5 or 5 fields I didn't race open cat 5 often. The M45 5s are more experienced than open 5s on average and less likely to do something dumb. I mostly do climbing races instead of crits, so I did not find the few inexperienced m45 5s to be a problem as they'd be dropped on the first hill.

JohnKScott 08-29-12 11:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BustaQuad (Post 14667249)
I'm 49, back to riding after 10 years. 20 years ago I was a Cat-3, but I know I can't ride with the young guns now, esp in the hills.

Does USA Cycling have a Geritol category these days?

I started racing at 47 and never raced previously. So no...not too old. I suck but you'll likely do a lot better if you've done it before. Just do it.

merlinextraligh 08-29-12 01:00 PM

I'd just renew my old license number, assuming USA Cycling still has you in its record. Go out and race Cat 3. If you're not close to being competitive, then ask to downgrade to Cat 4.

I'd try to avoid starting over as a Cat 5. Better to avoid doing the 10 Cat 5 races if you can.

kleinboogie 08-29-12 03:10 PM

Agreed, you're not too old by a long-shot. There's guys 10 and 15 years older than me, I'm 47, that make me question whether I'm too young to race. Get out there. GL

gsteinb 08-29-12 03:18 PM

If you have to ask you may be.

jsutkeepspining 08-29-12 03:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzTallRider (Post 14667378)
You ask that question at 49? Sheesh! There are people over 50 racing Cat1. Get training. And check out this sub-forum, since you almost qualify:

http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...ll-Disciplines)


Theres a local 52 year old who kicks my ass in almost every race :)

botto 08-29-12 04:10 PM

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Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining (Post 14668954)
Theres a local 52 year old who kicks my ass in almost every race :)

must suck getting beat by your grandpa.

AzTallRider 08-29-12 04:14 PM

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Originally Posted by bitingduck (Post 14667763)
Fixed that for you.

Much appreciated!

longbeachgary 08-29-12 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BustaQuad (Post 14667249)
I'm 49, back to riding after 10 years. 20 years ago I was a Cat-3, but I know I can't ride with the young guns now, esp in the hills.

Does USA Cycling have a Geritol category these days?

Something doesn't ring true about your post. Back to riding after 10 years but you have over 1,500 posts?

wanders 08-29-12 04:34 PM

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Originally Posted by longbeachgary (Post 14669193)
Something doesn't ring true about your post. Back to riding after 10 years but you have over 1,500 posts?

He's a troll/sockpuppet from way back.

jsutkeepspining 08-29-12 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by botto (Post 14669175)
must suck getting beat by your grandpa.

father, not grandpa!

pjcampbell 08-30-12 11:46 AM

Well isn't 40+ pretty competitive?

I think you would rather race with 40+ than cat3 anyway, even if they are roughly the same speed.

But i wouldn't want to start at cat5 either.

EventServices 09-03-12 08:00 PM

It's a common mistake to think that the older guys are more mellow.

To answer your question: 49 is not too old to race.

To point out your age..... you referenced Geritol. Do you still watch The Lawrence Welk Show? ha ha ha ha ha ha


Just kidding.

big john 09-07-12 09:21 PM

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Originally Posted by EventServices (Post 14687899)
To point out your age..... you referenced Geritol. Do you still watch The Lawrence Welk Show? ha ha ha ha ha ha

a..turn off..a..the bubble machine..a

DataJunkie 09-07-12 10:50 PM

I know a guy who is racing in a 65+ category. He is in his mid to early 70s. I met a guy who races in Boulder who was freaking fast as hell and races. Dude is 65 as well.
They do tend to opt out of crits.

miwoodar 09-10-12 02:59 PM

Masters nationals were last week...the best TT was a guy in the 50-54 age group.


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