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    How long did it take you to go from cat 2->1?

    Not many 1's here but the few of you that are around, how long did it take?

    (in terms of races or years or whatever)
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    One season. But I was old (48) and needed to hurry.

    I'll be up north soon for a month or so. Copperopolis, Topsport SR, Sea Slaughter, and Chico SR. Say hello if you're doing any of those.
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    One season.. whoa.

    I'll be happy if I can scrounge a few points by June (which would be a year since my 2's upgrade).

    I should be at some of those races.. I'll see if I can follow your attacks in the reg line. =]
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    It depends on where you count from. I was a 2 in the early 90s. Stopped racing in the mid 90s. Downgraded. Came back about 9 or 10 years ago. Upgraded to 1 last year a couple months into the season.

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    i'm hoping one year.....
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    Leaving myself out of the equation most of the guys I know took anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

    If I were to guess on average it would be about 2, most were crit focused to get there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    Not many 1's here but the few of you that are around, how long did it take?

    (in terms of races or years or whatever)
    delusions of grandeur threads rock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    delusions of grandeur threads rock.
    I'd love to meet you in person. I bet you're actually pretty nice.

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    more delusions of grandeur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammy56 View Post
    more delusions of grandeur.
    Hah!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkwaki View Post
    Leaving myself out of the equation most of the guys I know took anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

    If I were to guess on average it would be about 2, most were crit focused to get there.
    If I'm not a 1 in 5 years I quit.. or I'll just start racing Masters.

    What about you, did you make it in 4 races or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    If I'm not a 1 in 5 years I quit.. or I'll just start racing Masters.

    What about you, did you make it in 4 races or what?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattm View Post
    if i'm not a 1 in 5 years i quit.. Or i'll just start racing masters and get
    my ass kicked by a different group of guys..
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    are you saying i couldnt beat u ex? well then i challenge you to a dual!
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    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    It's going to be quicker now since the rule change, but it will never get any easier. I am about 1/3 of the way, but I don't think I'll ever get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsutkeepspining View Post
    are you saying i couldnt beat u ex? well then i challenge you to a dual!
    Gotta be a joke there somewhere
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    one of the numerous reasons I have him on ignore. you bastids quoting him is a drag

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    I have several teammates/friends who are 1s. I want to say it took them 2-3 years on average.

    One of them went from 5 to 2 in one racing season, then it took him three years to become a 1. His general statement was he got to a 2 on strength alone and then he had to learn how to race smart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shovelhd View Post
    It's going to be quicker now since the rule change, but it will never get any easier. I am about 1/3 of the way, but I don't think I'll ever get there.
    I still support the way it was for me when I was younger. Difficult to get as your points came against racing with other 1s of which there weren't very many (think of guys like Brian Walton, Eric Wohlberg, Michael Barry, Gord Fraser). Once you got there you had to continue to produce results or you would get downgraded to a 2 and could never be downgraded past a 2.
    I feel that as it is an Elite license it should be kept there to a select group,
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    Quote Originally Posted by topflightpro View Post
    I have several teammates/friends who are 1s. I want to say it took them 2-3 years on average.

    One of them went from 5 to 2 in one racing season, then it took him three years to become a 1. His general statement was he got to a 2 on strength alone and then he had to learn how to race smart.
    I was fortunate that I had strength at a young age and went to a 'club' that had very deep talent/coaching that taught me most of what I needed to know very young. We were fortunate to interval train on a closed 1km track with a coach on a scooter who would honk/scream/taunt etc. and from that we developed quickly.
    "if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein

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    We have one 1 on the team. And a few 2s. A couple of our threes are getting ready to move to 2 soon, I think. I don't believe anyone I know has the extra time to make the jump from 2 to 1. The extra time of the P12 crits is what kills our sprinter. He's fine in the mix for about 60 minutes and then it's just too much, but still not bad for a teacher with small kids and 5-7 hours a week on the bike.

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    I'm about to upgrade to the 2s. I'm not too worried about upgrading to a 1. Figure it will come if/when it's ready. Not enough perks for the upgrade anyways, 99% of the races I will do will be P12 and I have no future as a pro. Though it would be nice for the epeen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    Gotta be a joke there somewhere
    dual:
    To engage in a one on one robotic slowmotion style combat, usually between two good friends, or sometimes to use to capture the honor of an oponent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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    Incorrect.

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    do not judge my non-stop urban dictionary quoting!


    number 6:
    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dual
    cat 1-o-meter: wtf am i doing??????
    Quote Originally Posted by Racer Ex View Post
    You're not dumb. You're just less smart.

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