I've had hip pain (anterior and groin area) on and off for years but learned to live with it (I have a high tolerance to pain). It's recently worsened to the point that I'm beginning to take it more seriously and considering seeing a doctor. I researched the symptoms which sound just like a labral tear of the hip.
Recent developments include: Pain when lifting the knee to unclip on the bike (6-7 on pain scale); hip locking with sharp pain (on two recent occasions, the "lock" was released when I rode over a small crack in the street! This was during the warm-up and I considered ending the ride until it released.); lower glute pain (both hips) starting last weekend after a hilly metric; clicking when I flex either hip; mild groin pain at night; pain after sitting(!); pain after walking(!!), and poor range of motion. One very strange new development: If I wake up at night with a full bladder, the groin pain is aggravated. And, I'm beginning to limp.
I will see a doctor very soon, but I'm wondering if any 50-plussers have experienced this and escaped surgery through exercises and stretching alone. I've read numerous on-line articles and comments which suggest that PT and stretching often aggravate it, and long-term rest relieves it, and surgery is often highly successful.