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Cat 4 Racing

NinjatrevNinjatrev Posts: 20
edited April 2011 in Amateur race
Ive never done a cat 4 race before and im just wondering if i will be able to keep up on a cross bike? my road bike wont be ready by the time of the race i dont think.

Its not exactly practical but i was hoping it was managable.

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  • ozzzyosborn206ozzzyosborn206 Posts: 1,340
    depends how good you are, also i doubt there is much difference is there? put some proper road tyres on it, maybe change the gearing? and should be fine
  • ozzzyosborn206ozzzyosborn206 Posts: 1,340
    depends how good you are, also i doubt there is much difference is there? put some proper road tyres on it, maybe change the gearing? and should be fine
  • NinjatrevNinjatrev Posts: 20
    how fast do i need to be going? its a 32mile one.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,768
    if you're paid up you might as well go either way. if you're good enough to do ithe full race on a road bike you should manage at least a good chunk of it on a cross bike i'd have thought.
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  • emxemx Posts: 164
    Ninjatrev wrote:
    how fast do i need to be going?

    as fast as everyone else - and then slightly faster than everyone else at the finish....
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    I've just come back from a race (I'm a really bad cat 4) and average speed was 25.5mph for 1hr11mins. Obviously being in a group helps!
  • ZachariahZachariah Posts: 782
    Just put on slicks and do your best, then tell us what happened!
  • ga02clrga02clr Posts: 97
    edited March 2011
    Cross bike is fine for racing as long as you have slicks on.

    I took a fifth last Saturday and first on Sunday to get out of cat 4. I was riding a old Jake the snake (aluminium) and shod with Continental GatorSkin Road Tyre the steel bed ones.

    As long as you can handle your bike and you have slicks fitted you can compete. If its crit racing it makes very little difference, obviously if you have a hilly cause then it makes more of a difference.
  • milesemilese Posts: 1,233
    It will be fine.

    If your at a slight disadvantage it is still going to be very good experience and training for you.

    The sooner you get involved in races the sooner you'll become a better racer, whatever your bike is.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    A cross bike with slicks will be fine in a road race (unless you are way undergeared)

    A road racing bike in a cross race is total fail however!
  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    if you have a compact you'll be fine. If you have a 46/44x12 as your biggest gear you might find that your legs are turning over a bit quick!
  • racingcondorracingcondor Posts: 1,434
    In the race I got my upgrade to Cat 3 the 15 year old who beat me (I came 3rd, he came 2nd) was on a cross bike. :oops:

    It's not about the bike. :wink:
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,772
    As someone said elsewhere, it's 4th Cat not Cat 4. You be saying Campy next. :wink:
  • Chip \'oylerChip \'oyler Posts: 2,324
    inseine wrote:
    As someone said elsewhere, it's 4th Cat not Cat 4. You be saying Campy next. :wink:

    And fixie
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,692
    inseine wrote:
    As someone said elsewhere, it's 4th Cat not Cat 4. You be saying Campy next. :wink:

    And fixie

    Stop it, you loosers!
  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,158
    inseine wrote:
    As someone said elsewhere, it's 4th Cat not Cat 4. You be saying Campy next. :wink:

    it's you're not you
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  • BronzieBronzie Posts: 4,927
    mattshrops wrote:
    inseine wrote:
    As someone said elsewhere, it's 4th Cat not Cat 4. You be saying Campy next. :wink:

    it's you're not you
    You'll! (or you will)

    kermit-the-frog.jpg
  • kieranbkieranb Posts: 1,674
    once did a 3rd/4th cat race at Cystal Palace where one guy turned up and raced on an MTB, he managed to stay with the bunch for a good while.
  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,158
    Bronzie wrote:
    mattshrops wrote:
    inseine wrote:
    As someone said elsewhere, it's 4th Cat not Cat 4. You be saying Campy next. :wink:

    it's you're not you
    You'll! (or you will)

    kermit-the-frog.jpg

    :oops: :oops:
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  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,158
    you be glad i is dumb like you? :lol:
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