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Old 06-28-07, 04:22 AM   #1
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Talented at road racing?

How can you tell you are talented at road racing?
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Old 06-28-07, 05:15 AM   #2
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How can you tell you are talented at road racing?
When you do them and win.
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Can you hold 30mph on a flat? Then you still need to learn how to race, but at least you have some speed.
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Old 06-28-07, 04:18 PM   #4
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I could hold about 22mph with an early 90s road bike. Not good enough huh? But that was without much training.
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Old 06-28-07, 06:03 PM   #5
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Contact your local cycling association, get your licence, find a local race, and try.
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Old 06-28-07, 08:35 PM   #6
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I could hold about 22mph with an early 90s road bike. Not good enough huh? But that was without much training.
Find some local fast group rides and get some experience in groups. do lots of intervals, and get a racing license. 22mph gets you the ability to maybe hang on the back of a Cat5 race, but like you said - you're just starting. After some fast group rides, you can always try racing on a $10 one day license. You may get addicted, many do.
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Old 06-28-07, 09:46 PM   #7
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What is a Cat5 race?
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What is a Cat5 race?
The lowest category in racing. A good starting place.
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Old 06-30-07, 11:17 PM   #9
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What would you say if someone like me wanted to become a professional cyclist? i.e. 22mph on a flat by myself with no training and 18yo. Early 90s road bike.
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At this point, probably just keep riding. Ride often and work up to riding longer distances. Hills are your friends. Maybe try some group rides, slower at first until you have some experience? I'm in kind of a similar position to you. As in any sport, becoming a professional is rather difficult, but with some willpower and hard work entering races non-professionally and being fairly competitive at lower levels is within your grasp.
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What would you say if someone like me wanted to become a professional cyclist? i.e. 22mph on a flat by myself with no training and 18yo. Early 90s road bike.
The same thing as I said a few posts up ... "Contact your local cycling association, get your licence, find a local race, and try."

At least you'll know where you stand with your local racers.

If you discover you like racing, then join a racing club. Try to find one with a coach, and one that meets regularly once or twice a week.


But here's the thing ... just about any cyclist can go out to the local races, and race Cat 5, and maybe after a few years of training might move up to Cat 4 or even Cat 3. A few racers will continue to move up to Cat 2 or 1 ... but MOST racers don't become professional racers.
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One more piece of information is that I never did well in long distance running compeitions in high school. Always came between the top and middle. So 1/4 of the competitors usually finish in front of me. This is an indication of lack of ability aerobic capacity so even if I have leg power, I wouldn't make it very far?
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Everyone is telling you that you simply have to try it to know. Speculation is useless in this case.
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One more piece of information is that I never did well in long distance running compeitions in high school. Always came between the top and middle. So 1/4 of the competitors usually finish in front of me. This is an indication of lack of ability aerobic capacity so even if I have leg power, I wouldn't make it very far?
I dunno if that's necessarily true. Sure your aerobic capacity has to be at a certain level to compete, but comparing it to running may not be the best comparison. I can only speak from my personal experience, but in highschool (I'm now 23) I couldn't run much more than a couple miles without basically dying. This is at the time when I was in shape. I just wasn't a long distance runner is all. Today I biked 30 miles (15mph avg) with some intense hills and I am extremely (very extremely) not in shape. I've only beed riding 3 weeks, before that no physical activity in 2 years. My potential to bike long distance is far greater than my potential to run long distance in the future. Just speaking for myself though.

I say you go out and try it. If you're not up to par, work at it. You'll get there.
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Old 07-01-07, 06:09 PM   #15
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The thing is wouldn't you say the people who are better at long distance running will be better at cycling? I have to admit cycling does seem like easier. That is why there are no 3 week marathons but there are 3 week bike rides with about 200km on each day.
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There's a lot more to racing than aerobic ability or strength.

You may be able to kick a ball 300 yards, but that wouldn't necessarily make you a good soccer player, would it? You might be the toughest guy in the bar, but not a very good boxer. Etc, etc.

You just need to get out there and try it, and learn from people who know.
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Yeah, physical fitness is a given in bike-racing; it's assumed that everyone is in exceptional form. What really matters is your mental ability to reason and scheme. It's a chess-match on wheels. If you're good at chess, bike-racing is much easier for someone who can't think 2-3 moves ahead.
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It also helps to be fearless. If you, like me, don't dare to corner tightly due to fear of slipping/falling, especially on wet roads, you won't last long. Same thing with being afraid to hook another bike and fall.

Even if I had the ability to perform physically at the same level as an elite pro racer, I wouldn't win even the slowest race, due to being afraid to ride close together like that.

I'd make a much better time trialist. Only problem there is that I'm still very slow...
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