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Old 07-25-07, 03:31 PM
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Im 15 and have been riding for 3 years. In the past 6 months I have been tossing around the idea of racing next season. Today I did a short 16 mile ride in 1 hour. How much do i have to improve before i am race ready? Thanks in advance
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Old 07-25-07, 03:40 PM
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Im 15 and have been riding for 3 years. In the past 6 months I have been tossing around the idea of racing next season. Today I did a short 16 mile ride in 1 hour. How much do i have to improve before i am race ready? Thanks in advance
Just go out race and have fun.
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Old 07-25-07, 03:41 PM
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There are some jr racers (16-18) in my area that are CAT3 and others that are just starting out. There's a wide range of abilities at the Jr level. If there are any training crits or Jr races in your area, try them out. Just be knowledgeable of any Jr rules that apply in your area (ie gearing).

Find some clubs or race teams in your area that specialize in developing Jr racers. Train with them in the fall, winter and you'll be ready to race come spring.
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Old 07-25-07, 03:52 PM
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In my area (WI) most of the juniors are 3's or 4's with a couple 2's. I just started this year, and it wasnt that hard, just get comfortable riding in a group and you should be fine
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As mentioned above, just go out and try it. Heck, don't wait until next year. Any of the top juniors in your area will just now be winding down from nationals and the newer riders will enjoy the advantage from August through September. That's a good time to get your feet wet so you're ready for next year. Don't be discouraged if you get dropped the first few races. The learning curve is pretty nice at the beginning and you'll be finishing with the pack by next Summer if you play your cards right.

Also, see if there is a junior development team in your area. They will do wonders for you in terms of training and teamwork at races.

edit: Oh yeah, when I first started racing I was 13 years old and thought 12 mph average was pretty good for a 50 mile ride. My first crit was a shock, but I quickly caught on and loved it for years after that. Too bad adult life got in the way. I might start it up again now that I have a little free time on my hands.
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Originally Posted by Frunkin View Post
In my area (WI) most of the juniors are 3's or 4's with a couple 2's. I just started this year, and it wasnt that hard, just get comfortable riding in a group and you should be fine
The guys that ride for Baraboo are a bunch of sketchballs, FYI. How they are 3s is beyond me (well, I have a good idea, but that's neither here nor there).

Thank God I haven't had the misfortune if seeing any of them in my races at superweek.


To the OP: Average speed is meaningless, unless your average speed is faster than your competition's over that same distance, with the same environmental factors. Just get out and race.
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yea there is a kid on the sharks that is a 3 but he has dnf'd almost every race this year because he got dropped, not mechanicals. I have no idea how he got to the 3's. He got dropped on the second lap of a RR that we avg'd 16 for the first three laps.

They have been surprisingly absent from superweek though, along with iscorp
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xx miles in xx hours is a meaningless number when it comes to racing.

Find some group rides of "B" quality or better and see if you can hang. Or just enter a race and try it.
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Old 07-26-07, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by cmsuter View Post
Im 15 and have been riding for 3 years. In the past 6 months I have been tossing around the idea of racing next season. Today I did a short 16 mile ride in 1 hour. How much do i have to improve before i am race ready? Thanks in advance
What kind of ride was this? Flat, windy, hilly, etc? If it was on flat land with no wind then you are going to need to speed up a little bit but you have time to work on it. Before I raced I was told that I needed to be able to do 22 mph on the flats for half an hour by myself. I worked my butt off until I could do it. Now that I race I honestly think it wass a bunch of crap. It did give me something to work towards though.

Now, with that said average speed really doesn't mean much when it comes to races. You need to be able to do quick accelerations in order to not be dropped. You also need to be willing to suffer for anywhere from from thirty seconds to thirty minutes.

Oh, and one last thing. In order to be "race ready" all you need to do is have a bike and pay an entry fee. You will figure out real quick if you are ready. You will also learn what you need to work on so that you will be ready for the next one.

Now, go out and have fun! The quicker you enter a race the quicker you will be ready.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post

Also, see if there is a junior development team in your area. They will do wonders for you in terms of training and teamwork at races.
+1. You can go on the usa cycling website here and do a search for clubs in your area. The site should have club contacts listed.

But there is something to be said for going out and just racing. Just don't get too discouraged if you find your first race to be harder than you expected.
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You're ready. Try to remember that most riders have about equal physical abillity. The hard thing is learning how to race. You have a ton of stuff to learn but you have plenty of time. Participate and have fun and ride safe.
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Old 07-26-07, 03:20 PM
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Botto's step-by-step guide would be helpful here, but I'm too lazy to do a search...
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