Join Date: May 2009
Bikes: Felt AR1, Cervelo S2
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I train on pretty much the same schedule. I was cat 5 last year, and just upgraded to cat 4.
There are development teams that you just join - like Dave Jordan's or Velocity. These are teams you join to train with people and add structure to your training, get more paceline experience, etc. There are teams that you have to make it onto, or they recruit you, like Foundation.
Velocity costs, i believe, a few hundred bucks a month - they give you workouts to do, train together (though i never see them as a group in the park), etc. they're very big, and usually have like 9 guys in the cat 5 field. Personally I didn't like racing near them in the 5s, but that's all i'll say here.
I'll tell you about how my team works, but at the risk of it sounding like a commercial, just send me a PM - I can put you in touch with some people to talk to if you want more detail.