Newbie - confused by which category to enter

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rodgers73
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Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby rodgers73 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 20:44 pm

I'm looking to do my first event in the next few weeks and I'm getting a calendar of dates together for the winter. Only problem is I'm not sure which one I should/can enter as a complete beginner.

Can anyone help?

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Re: Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby Imposter » Thu Oct 10, 2013 21:37 pm

Largely depends on what choices are offered by your local league. If you are a senior, enter the seniors. If you are a vet, enter the vets, and so on/so forth. After about 10 minutes of racing, you won't even know what day of the week it is, so your category will become irrelevant.

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Re: Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby rodgers73 » Thu Oct 10, 2013 22:28 pm

Ah, ok.

What about when it says things like "Cat B" and "CX Band 4"?

I'm seeing that on the British Cycling website next to some events for Senior or Vet Mens races.

Any ideas??

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Re: Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby Imposter » Fri Oct 11, 2013 07:35 am

That just relates to the status of the event, not to the category of rider.

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Re: Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby rodgers73 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:53 am

So there's no danger of me ending up in some elite race by accident?

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Re: Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby Imposter » Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:17 pm

rodgers73 wrote:So there's no danger of me ending up in some elite race by accident?


Not unless you enter one of the national trophy rounds. Most local leagues are categorised by age group, ie junior, senior, vet, etc. Some leagues may have a novice class, in which case do that. Otherwise, just enter whichever category you qualify for.

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Re: Newbie - confused by which category to enter

Postby rodgers73 » Fri Oct 11, 2013 14:14 pm

Well that makes life a lot simpler - great!


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