I am a fat (6'2" x 215# Clyde), 53 yr old, BEGINNER. Never rode single track, or off road at all, until my first cross race on Saturday last.
I am debating the class to declare myself in the Crusade. The beginner fields are 100+, and that seems like a lot of moving road hazards. The Masters 50+ is even a larger field (numbers based on last year), but I wonder if it isn't safer for me to be at the back of that pack instead of being surrounded by folks at my skill level, or worse.
I am NOT competing to win anything - I just want to learn how to do this silly sport, enjoy the workout (am still fat, but 25# less fat than before April 23, when I bought my bike), and not get hurt or hurt anyone. I have two (repeat, 2) cross races under my belt, so I really am a beginner when it comes to skills - not trying to fool anybody, as I truly stink at this sport.
I appreciate your advice - and particularly want to hear from those of you that might have to maneuver around a moving road hazard like me.