I'm turning 55 next year and and having wild thoughts about getting back into a few races in Masters 55+. I raced quite a bit in the late 70s & early 80s, including a few years of Cat 1 &2 races.
Here in Northern California, it looks like there are many events with a Masters 45+ 4&5 category, and some even have 55+ 4 & 5. I wouldn't plan a full season, but pick races where I wouldn't be in with Elites or young 4s & 5s. I never quit riding completely, have been riding about 4000 miles/year for the last several years.
I have a 7 year old 19 lb. aluminum race bike with Ultegra 9 speed, a Mavic Open Pro wheelset and a second Neuvation (Performance Titan) wheelset. Even though I know a lot of Masters have money to burn, I don't see my equipment being a huge handicap. I'd consider a modest wheelset upgrade, maybe even a newer (used) race bike if I find a hot deal.
Is this a realistic goal? Any tips or other thoughts?