Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
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Originally Posted by KingCat
Lap times were 7:10 in C4 and 8:00 in C3
I assume you mean your lap times, and not the winner lap times. But, that is odd. Perhaps the longer race also attracts more individuals that really shouldn't be cat 3 racers, but feel they wish to race the longer races, like the difference between doing a criterium race and a road race.
I've never been a fast cyclist. But on the road, I've been able to average about 25 mph for distances under a mile, a bit over 20 mph for a couple of miles, 19 mph for 11.5 miles, and perhaps 16 mph for 20 miles or so, and quite a bit slower for a century ride.
No doubt many cyclocross racers have a similar speed progression.
Perhaps you either hit the equivalent of my 16 mph pace for all of your rides, whereas others are able to hammer it much faster for the shorter distances.
There may be things like hills, descents, and muddy corners that slow you down, while other cat 4 racers are a bit wild and woolly. Have you watched a cat 4 race recently? Maybe get up early to check one out.