Most masters races are for cat 4 or higher. You have to upgrade from cat 5 to 4 to compete in these races.spinnertsaf said:so there is no just a race for guys my age and older only?
If there are enough entries in the Cat 5 races, the promoter will typically split the field by age groups. Unfortunately, those splits are often 20-29 and 30+, so you end up going against a lot younger guys. Sometimes they will offer awards in more age groups but race everyone together, so even if you're the 10th guy across the line, you might get "first place in the 50 and older." It depends totally on how the promoter sets things up.spinnertsaf said:so there is no just a race for guys my age and older only?
he CAN'T race in that category...he can ONLY race in a cat 5 group...age graded or not, it has to be cat 5.T-Doc said:Masters 35+ cat 4/5 in my area...I'm 55 and started when I was 53. Don't start out in 50+...most of those guys are cat 1,2 ex-pro's etc. They will kill you. Open Cat 5 is too skittish for me. Many races have the Masters 35+ 4/5 and should several guys just like you. Good luck.
Ask the guys you train with every week. They will know the local racing scene, what Masters categories are offered locally and what the local fields look like. Around here the Masters races are often the fastest or second fastest field of the day so unless you want to do a time trial after you are shelled out the back you might think about entering the Cat. 5 race.spinnertsaf said:i am 54 years old , and want to start racing. What racing catigory would i need to start at. Would it be cat 5 or seniors etc?
masters 4/5 is fine, but in your previous post you wrote "Don't start out in 50+...most of those guys are cat 1,2 ex-pro's etc. ", which led me to believe you were talking about an open 50+ race w/ 1's, 2's etc. correct?T-Doc said:not true...its where I started that's why its called Masters 4/5