So a little backstory about me, I started solo riding in march of 2011. I had a Fuji with sora components that cost me about 699$ and I rode that for around 2,000 miles for 3-4 months and absolutely FELL in love with this beautiful sport and loved every minute of it. Unfortunately, I had to have surgery on my chest (Gynocemastia) and had to take a break from the bike... unfortunately that break turned into 6-7 months of individual therapy and I fell into depression and lost motivation to get onto the bike and ended up selling my Fuji.
I started school in september of 2011, and bought a new GT series 2, with apex components and as of today I have almost 5,000 miles on her. I love the sport even more than I did when I started! However, I'm SICK of riding solo... and I see/hear all of these guys that are "Cat 5" Or "cat 4"... and I have absolutely NO idea what it means... I feel like a total bike noob even when I'm on my 70-80 mile solo rides up the 101..
So I guess my questions are...
- What's the meaning behind the "cat 5" and "cat 4" stuff?
- How can I start racing? Does it cost money? Do I need to do things before I sign up for them?
I guess I just want to start getting MORE out of my riding and not just riding for 150 miles each weekend, just for "Kicks".. hehe
Thanks for the read all,