||04-28-14 10:04 AM
Originally Posted by shovelhd
Colnago, have you raced Masters in the States? How does it compare to Veterans overseas? Incidentally, the USCF used to call Masters Veterans over here.
Yes, I race masters in the USA, did the Tour de Moore this Saturday in NC. Pack finish, yellow line rule makes it hard if one can't position among the two or three front rows. I ride various crits as well, if they are not too far away from home. Still getting back into this, been off the bike for many years, it is so hard to get back. The standard of riding here is pretty high, with a huge gap between recreational and licensed.
I left South Africa in 1996, and raced Veterans there from 35 years old onward, with the Veterans Cycling Association. Very different to here, a lot of the races were organized only for veterans, including four day stage tours, with a stage in the morning, another in the afternoon. A, B, C, D groups. Generally the A group were at Cat1 level compared to here. They were very well organised, catering specifically for vets. Upgrading group was at own request, downgrading had to be approved.
In Italy, in 1999, I raced with a local club in the Veneto region, close to Monte Grappa. Not too far from the Dolomites. They had different clubs competing in the same race, you had to be a club member. There were no categories. By approval, they would occasionally allow visitors from outside to enter the race.