How good are cat 2s?

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JoeBond
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How good are cat 2s?

Postby JoeBond » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:15 pm

Theres this bloke at work who reckons he’s a bit handy on a bike, and we’d both had a few beers the other day so I challenged him to a race. He said yes and that I can choose the event. So Im thinking a long sportive with hills. Beacuse he’s heavier than me and his bike isn’t as good. Anyway I googled him and it turns out he’s 2nd cat and wins a few races. I can do a gold standard sportive. So have I got a chance? Or should I back out now?

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby Dan_Giant » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:18 pm

I dont know the answer here but have to say i find this very funny.

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby jibberjim » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:19 pm

Depends, some are tubby sprinters who can't do diddly on a road race. Others are extremely handy over the hills but can't do much in a sprint so end up stuck in cat 2 when they have the power of an elite over a sportive.

He won't be rubbish, and it's very unlikely that there are many cat 2's who cannot "do a gold standard sportive". You should've done the research before... No, don't back out, just race, who cares if you might lose?
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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby LegendLust » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:26 pm

Dear Oh dear. That'll teach you to drink beer.

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby ju5t1n » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:52 pm

Go for something like the Marmotte. I race as a second cat and I found it tough. I’m used to racing for 2 hours max. 8 hours in the mountains was a killer.

Keep us posted. This could be interesting.
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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Fri Nov 09, 2012 22:54 pm

Dan_Giant wrote:I dont know the answer here but have to say i find this very funny.

It would be even funnier if the guy is a member here.
Is the gorilla tired yet?

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby oldwelshman » Sat Nov 10, 2012 00:34 am

He probably wet himself when you challenged him to a race and is probably quaking in his boots lol
Forget the long hard sportive, got for a standing start 200m sprint and get it over with as the end result will be the same whatever you chose lol

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby Arthur Scrimshaw » Sat Nov 10, 2012 01:32 am

Sorry but if he's a Cat 2 I think you're screwed. Don't back out though, all part of life's rich tapestry!

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby NewTTer » Sat Nov 10, 2012 06:08 am

Well if you needed to ask the question, your cycling knowledge is obviously limited, so why the hell are you getting p***ed, then challenging peeps to a race. You will lose no matter what the event, so just take your medicine and move on.

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby danowat » Sat Nov 10, 2012 07:32 am

Please let us know the outcome :)

Appearances can be deceptive :D

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sat Nov 10, 2012 07:55 am

Fred Whitton Challenge... that's where good sprinters don't do well... :mrgreen:

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby diy » Sat Nov 10, 2012 08:14 am

What about something neither of you can leverage... Mtb randonee? E.g South Downs way. it's a good leveller if you are light and him heavy. My mate does half the training I do but manages to keep a head of me on all the climbs, because he is skinny.

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby Teisetrotter » Sat Nov 10, 2012 08:39 am

Ride off quick at the start and keep throwing tacks out behind you.You might just do it then.

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby houndlegs » Sat Nov 10, 2012 08:49 am

1 Set off like a bat out of hell
2 go round first corner out of his sight
3 throw yourself in the hedge
4 get someone to pick you up in the car once he's passed
5 wait for him at the finish

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby grony » Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:03 am

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, please keep us updated, this has really brightened my morning, just the sort of thing I would do myself.

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:08 am

JoeBond wrote:Theres this bloke at work who reckons he’s a bit handy on a bike, and we’d both had a few beers the other day so I challenged him to a race. He said yes and that I can choose the event. So Im thinking a long sportive with hills. Beacuse he’s heavier than me and his bike isn’t as good. Anyway I googled him and it turns out he’s 2nd cat and wins a few races. I can do a gold standard sportive. So have I got a chance? Or should I back out now?




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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby CYCLESPORT1 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:25 am

JoeBond wrote:Theres this bloke at work who reckons he’s a bit handy on a bike, and we’d both had a few beers the other day so I challenged him to a race. He said yes and that I can choose the event. So Im thinking a long sportive with hills. Beacuse he’s heavier than me and his bike isn’t as good. Anyway I googled him and it turns out he’s 2nd cat and wins a few races. I can do a gold standard sportive. So have I got a chance? Or should I back out now?


If you challenged him to a race, YOU should ride a race as a sportive is NOT a race - remember :wink:

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby Routier » Sat Nov 10, 2012 09:47 am

Yes, you can't wimp out of it by entering an event that isn't even a race. Instead why don't you just compare the size of your cocks, because that's what this is all about isn't it :mrgreen:

Or... do what real men do and compare Strava times!

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby NewTTer » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:12 am

In a way it is a pity that the OP found out the other guy was a 2nd Cat racer, would have been funny to have seen them line up and the OP get totally burned!

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Re: How good are cat 2s?

Postby LegendLust » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:24 am

Obvious isn't it. Do the race of truth.

Pick a local 10m TT course, get a few mates to time you, voila!

Time trials are good levellers. After all he could be a sit in sprinter 2nd cat. Or then again he could have been 3 points off his 1st cat licence through instigating small breaks.


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