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John C.
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please explain

Postby John C. » Sat Feb 21, 2009 16:33 pm

ist cat
2nd cat etc.

I've never done a race but I keep hearing these terms.

So where would a 50 year old weekend warrior come who can do a hilly 115 mile sportive in about 8 hours :lol: Don't answer that even if you can , it will be too embarassing :oops:
http://www.ripon-loiterers.org.uk/

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail
Hills are just a matter of pace

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Postby iainf72 » Sat Feb 21, 2009 16:36 pm

British Cycling is a good place to start for information

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/si ... lained.asp

Have a browse around and I'm sure most of your questions will be answered.

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John C.
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Postby John C. » Sat Feb 21, 2009 18:00 pm

iainf72 wrote:British Cycling is a good place to start for information

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/web/si ... lained.asp

Have a browse around and I'm sure most of your questions will be answered.


Many thanks

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http://www.ripon-loiterers.org.uk/



Fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Hills are just a matter of pace

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Postby stratobiker » Sun Feb 22, 2009 15:49 pm

John,
LVRC for you!

The League of Veteran Racing Cyclists. You gotta be 40+ to join. They have some fantastic races/events.

You'll find their website here...
http://lvrc.org/

SB

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Postby oldwelshman » Mon Mar 02, 2009 22:00 pm

Sportives obviously different to racing but you would start as 4th cat.
Riding a sportive in 8 hours does not mean a thing for road races :D
Road races can have speeds varying from 18 mph during lull in action, then suddenly accelerate to 30mph or so in a blink of an eye so whereas in a sportive you pace yourself, in a race it may be easy then balls out, constantly changing.
Need to have decent acceleration to be able to close gaps, hold wheels etc and need good corenerring skills or you get tired quickly if you have to sprint out of every corner if your slow.
As some one mentioned you can ride lvrc ebents also, they are cheaper also :D and do not need bcf license. They are mostly 50 mile races and still use open roads where a lot of bcf races are on circuits, which are ok but can be boring and a bit hectic.


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