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Am I a performer?

Old 04-22-13, 04:24 PM
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Am I a performer?

I've been a solo rider with most of my riding over the past 7 years, but this season I've been riding with many more than usual. I've also found I can drop them sooooo easy, and they're not considered slow in the local scene. (One even tried racing me when we both dropped the rest of the group).

Today I reset my cyclocomputer with cadence and wheel measurements, and went on a 66 mile very hilly ride to and from along the coast of Maine with 25 mph headwinds on the way back. I had an average cadence of 90 rpm, and an average speed of 19.8 mph. What CAT would I be? And should I be racing?

I know it's hard to gauge my performance without knowing the exact measurements of my route.
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Depend what you mean by "should". You won't break any records, but you could have fun out there.
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And it's especially difficult to judge the size of your e-wang without pictures.
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hows about you go get your ass handed to you in a low cat race and see how you feel about it afterwards.
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And it's especially difficult to judge the size of your e-wang without pictures.
Yes, and OP, if you could include a Sperm Whale as part of the picture ^...providing us scale...this would help. Thanks
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I thought it was RUSH...
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Originally Posted by IcySmooth52 View Post
I've been a solo rider with most of my riding over the past 7 years, but this season I've been riding with many more than usual. I've also found I can drop them sooooo easy, and they're not considered slow in the local scene. (One even tried racing me when we both dropped the rest of the group).

Today I reset my cyclocomputer with cadence and wheel measurements, and went on a 66 mile very hilly ride to and from along the coast of Maine with 25 mph headwinds on the way back. I had an average cadence of 90 rpm, and an average speed of 19.8 mph. What CAT would I be? And should I be racing?

I know it's hard to gauge my performance without knowing the exact measurements of my route.
You would be cat 5 and the only way to find out if you should be doing it is to pin on a number and try it.
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What CAT would I be? And should I be racing?
CAT 7. You would dominate.
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You would be cat 5 and the only way to find out if you should be doing it is to pin on a number and try it.
Yup. Otherwise, you're cat "shoulda, woulda, coulda".
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I bet his e-wang is HUGE
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OP, methinks you belong in the TdF. I mean you are doing all that stuff without structured training, a masseuse, a chef and all the other cushy stuff that comes with being a pro. Yep, get yourself a pro contract pronto!
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this is a question for the 33. Those guys are much better and handling stuff like this.
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this is a question for the 33.
It would get redirected back to the 41 post haste.
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It would get redirected back to the 41 post haste.
A few lucky ones goto TH
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Cannot judge your CAT without power data.
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Imagine if you could power data your way in to Cat 3 for your first race...
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Cannot judge your CAT without power data.


Op in case you are not in fact trolling....riding will never be even remotely like racing. Everyone starts as a cat 5. Until you show up and race....you're not a racer. If you want to compare average speeds might I suggest triathlons or tts.
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Until you pin on the numbers, you're only a leisure rider v
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This ^^^^^
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Op in case you are not in fact trolling...
Rob, are you seriously considering that is possible? I dunno man.
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A few lucky ones goto TH
One day I will be sent there...
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To the op how's this for a comparison.
I did a 100 mile charity ride (first time ever) two years ago after riding mostly by myself my entire life...
I pulled the fast group by myself for 75 miles until they all dropped off my wheel
I averaged 23.? miles an hour for the ride...
I am a low cat...

I have a huge e-wang and can make up the numbers to prove it...
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ITT:

OP: I think I'm fast. Would you race me? I'd race me...

Originally Posted by Vlaam4ever View Post
this is a question for the 33. Those guys are much better and handling stuff like this.
Hahahahaha.... no.
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