I saw your name in scratch, ouch.
good luck Pat & Baron for tomorrow , I share your pain
Apparently there are over 160 riders entered across all grades.....its going to be a very big day :)
173 according to CSA...!
For a novice who's not raced, what sort of speed do you get along at?
Am wondering whether i should try sometime,
it really varies from race to race, sometimes it's really slow, and other times ridiculously fast. The average speed is pretty much irrelevant for road races, because that's not really how races work - you only need to go as fast as required to inflict pain on others' legs ;-)
Just give it a go and find out!
will come and watch one and give it some thought, at 40 was wondering whether Vets was a better option but Sunday mornings are not avail to me during winter.
come to CX on 21 April :-)
HI Sean, I race Vets and the speeds also depend on what type of race it is. For criteriums (run during the summer months, multiple laps of a short street circuit) the average speed is higher as the distance is shorter and its a flat course (D graders still average in the high 30's but they only race for 30 min. You are in a bunch though so not having to ride solo at that sort of speed). I race B grade vets and we average around 38km/h for 50 odd minutes, but sometime it feels a lot harder or alot easier than this.
Baron Von Thierry started racing this year (I think) and he probably has some good observations on what its like starting out.
I haven't done alot of road racing in SA but again average speeds for lower grades would be in the mid-low 30s depending on the terrain. Its often not the average speed that hurts, but the short bursts of very high speed that knock you about.
But like Gemma says the best way to find out is to do a race or two. The open racing (not vets) allows you to purchase a three race license (Gemma may correct me here) so you dont have to fork out a huge amount of money to get a taste.
Crits and CX are probably the best place to start.
Your age should certainly not be the limitation. Many of the guys in B grade that place in the top 10 are over 40.
racing gets you racing fit :)
How does one go about entering these races. I understand the gold/silver racing licence but don't understand the handicap/scratch aspect. Can anyone clarify, please?