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Here's what this cat 5 learned

Old 08-28-06, 02:58 PM
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Here's what this cat 5 learned

After 9 training criteriums and 1 hill climb race here's what this cat 5 learned.

I want to go to cat 4 to avoid this (as seen before here at BF): http://s111.photobucket.com/albums/n...t=7abddd51.flv

Each race is different.

You have to foccus on each race.

The grade school butterflies before the race go away after about 3 races.

Mechanical problems in the final sprint suck.

Criteriums with a 140 ft hill are way harder than a flat crit.

Trying to race in the same week as racing an 800 meter hill climb is touph.

People will yell at you.

I can kick ass and have it handed to me.

Man I love racing



Stats: 5th, last, 7th, hill climb 23 of 26, 8th, 5th, 6th, 6th, hilly crit DNF, 4th (w mechanical in final sprint)

9th in standings of 22 who placed. I raced 8 of 14 races (points to 5th)

Should I cat up?

Have a great off season everybody

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Old 08-28-06, 03:05 PM
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Don't cat up until you win one. Thats always my advice to the 5's As you move up, it gets a lot harder to win. And I think you would really enjoy the feeling of taking the victory.
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Old 08-28-06, 03:26 PM
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I think I would rather sacrafice an easier win for the smaller chance of getting hurt in the harder race.
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Old 08-28-06, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by riskus
I think I would rather sacrafice an easier win for the smaller chance of getting hurt in the harder race.
I think the 4's are just as dangerous or even more so. Most of the field really doesn't have much more experience than the 5's, and field size is usually 2-4 times the size of the 5's. This season I've seen more carnage in the 4's than any other category. Luckily, I've managed to avoid all of it.
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I've seen cat 5 races that are actually faster than 4's. There's also almost always a sandbagger that only shows up once a season or something. If winning is your only goal in racing, be prepared to be very disapointed. Cat up.
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Old 08-28-06, 04:45 PM
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Valuable info there... Lots of truth in what you say.

I thought about it long and hard, and even though I haven't won a race, I've learned how to set myself up to do so, and I need to train through the off-season to get there.

I just feel like, after 10 training crits, 2 RR's, and 3 "real" crits it would be totally sandbaggerish of me to stay in the 5's just so I can win a race next spring, and even then it might not happen.

So my upgrade is pending, hiro... Go for it!
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Originally Posted by thatguy
If winning is your only goal in racing, be prepared to be very disapointed. Cat up.
+1.

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Old 08-29-06, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by thatguy
I've seen cat 5 races that are actually faster than 4's. There's also almost always a sandbagger that only shows up once a season or something. If winning is your only goal in racing, be prepared to be very disapointed. Cat up.

Ok I will avoid disapointment for the time and not cat up. The hilly crit was humbling. I have a hard time kidding myself knowing my hill capabilities.

Here's to more training in the off season and then we will see.
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Old 08-29-06, 10:03 PM
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Go ahead and cat up. I don't know about elsewhere, but here in Oregon most of the cat 5 races are a 4/5 mixed field. The 4's usually end up dominating the pace anyway. Sounds like you're a pretty strong crit racer so you should be able to at least hang with the leaders. Maybe work on the climbing this winter a bit. This summer, I usually rode at least once a week in a mixed abilities group ride that was often lead by 3's and 2's. That made noticeable improvments in my riding. At the very least, I've gotten good at chasing and time trialing.....
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