Get your bike fitted and ride in a group that will teach you how to rotate nicely and handle yourself. Speed is nothing without handling.Dean Carr said:Sorry I should have said I have only just started out. Got my bike 2 weeks ago. I used to do a lot of weight lifting / bodybuilding and know how to stick at a regime but I would need to know what the goals are
This is exactly what I plan to do. After doing some 10 mile sprints over the last 4 days I can feel some of the muscle memory I have left over from 200kg squats I used to do. I need to get my weight down currently 200lbs at 5ft 8 and plenty of that is fat from a sedate lifestyle the last 5 or 6 months. My plan is to work my cycling fitness up so hopefully I am in good enough shape to start thinking about competing next year. But I need some raw figures as I can't keep doing 20 miles at 15mph thinking it's OK if you get me.Doctor Who said:In the United States, Cat. 5 is the lowest. To become a Cat. 4, you've got to do 10 races as a 5 before you can petition for an upgrade from the licensing body, USA Cycling.
Britain's different -- but the points we're making about training and group riding are still the same.
Right now, i think the most important thing you can do is get base miles on your legs before you try any super hard efforts. I had a year of base before I gave racing a go -- you'll probably need less, but doing base miles helps stave off injury and helps your musculature and joints adapt to the unique strains of cycling.