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    how do I compare? am I even on track?

    Hi guys!
    Names Jon I'm new to the forum and I am 23 and discovered that I am going to do this seriously but first I need to know how others are doing so I can compare.

    My fitting 5' 11" 165lbs riding a 56cm motobecane road bike.
    Stats: I ride 9o-1oo miles a week 2o-3o mile rides with an average speed of 18-19 miles per hour.

    So what do you think? Am I ready to start racing?
    NO PAIN. NO GAIN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighedges View Post
    Hi guys!
    Names Jon I'm new to the forum and I am 23 and discovered that I am going to do this seriously but first I need to know how others are doing so I can compare.

    My fitting 5' 11" 165lbs riding a 56cm motobecane road bike.
    Stats: I ride 9o-1oo miles a week 2o-3o mile rides with an average speed of 18-19 miles per hour.

    So what do you think? Am I ready to start racing?
    Almost certainly not. But read this, follow the links, take the advice, and then ask some more. New to Racing? Here's a tip or two
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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    When I started (only crits though) I was doing 100-120 mi per week and 20-30 mi rides at 21-25 mph, so the only real difference is speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighedges View Post
    So what do you think? Am I ready to start racing?
    Join one these cycling clubs and find out:

    Flatwater Cycling USAC Lincoln
    IntoMetal Cycling USAC Lincoln

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    At 23 you would be the world's oldest "Junior".......

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    I thought about my rides the stats are based on and I think I can do more.the rides were on city trails with many stop signs.so tomorrow I'm going out on the road.
    NO PAIN. NO GAIN.

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    Of course, I'm also 7 years younger than you.

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    But yeah, try to find a bike trail or long uncrowded road. (My issue with the roads is that I live in the suburbs of NYC, so the roads are crowded with stop stuff and REALLY bad new york drivers. I like the bike trail near me, there may be one near you, where you can really hammer it. Also, take in mind what kind of racing you wish to do. Do you have a current race in mind?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighedges View Post
    I thought about my rides the stats are based on and I think I can do more.the rides were on city trails with many stop signs.so tomorrow I'm going out on the road.
    Also, find a group to ride with. You cannot race effectively and safely until you learn to ride in groups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighedges View Post
    Hi guys!
    Names Jon I'm new to the forum and I am 23 and discovered that I am going to do this seriously but first I need to know how others are doing so I can compare.

    My fitting 5' 11" 165lbs riding a 56cm motobecane road bike.
    Stats: I ride 9o-1oo miles a week 2o-3o mile rides with an average speed of 18-19 miles per hour.

    So what do you think? Am I ready to start racing?
    Depends where you live.
    USA - Cat 5. Yes.
    Late season - get your feet wet and try.

    Most racers are doing double that mileage.

    BTW - typically 19+ are not considered juniors.
    Last edited by Doge; 08-19-14 at 12:36 PM. Reason: Adding Junior age

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