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    What is this Cat 1, 2, 3 stuff in regards to racing?

    Granted, I'm new to road bikes, as I'm sure some of you are aware, and still relatively dumb/learning. Not saying I'm going to be making a push for entry into next year's Tour de France, but I'm curious to know what you are all talking about when you refer to yourselves as Cat 1 racer and such?

    How does one get involved in racing? Join a team, or just enter as a lone wolf entry and go balls to the wall in hope you can pull out a victory? I know there is a lot more to racing than hoping on my CAAD and screaming through a course.

    So what's the deal?

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    Your CAT level is based on your fitness level and experience. You move up the ranks as you improve in each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood Devil View Post
    How does one get involved in racing? Join a team, or just enter as a lone wolf entry and go balls to the wall in hope you can pull out a victory?
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wood Devil View Post
    but I'm curious to know what you are all talking about when you refer to yourselves as Cat 1 racer and such?
    Everyone starts as Cat5. 10 mass start races will earn you an upgrade. From there, you have to earn upgrades by placing well in races.

    How does one get involved in racing? Join a team, or just enter as a lone wolf entry and go balls to the wall in hope you can pull out a victory? I know there is a lot more to racing than hoping on my CAAD and screaming through a course.
    Find your local racing calendar, pick a race, and try it out. You can buy a one day license and enter the cat5 race. I would recommend some group riding experience first. Ask a local shop about rides.
    Pro rep, yo!

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