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Sandwich

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Thinking about signing up for an XC race this weekend, the Root 66 at Grafton ponds. I haven't raced XC in probably 15 years (did miserable then) but I ride somewhat regularly up to 12 miles, usually around 6. What category should I go in? Cat 3 is 9 miles, cat 2 is 13.5. I previously raced cat2 DH and got my ass handed to me by both sandbaggers and non....but I don't want to take anything from beginners.
 

UNHrider

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If you're not a beginner, dont race beginner... thats how i look at it. besides you're paying what $40-$50 to race, may as well do the extra mileage.
 

auntesther

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I was in the exact same boat last year...hadnt done a XC race in 15 years, was awful when I did them. My rides were around the same length as yours. I had raced DH in between my XC stints ( and did just as awful). I entered in the Beginner class ( my tech skills are alot better than my conditioning) and I ended up doing " ok" but certainly not well enough to take anything away from anyone else. I have done a few since and havent gotten any better.
I think beginner in XC is based alot more on physical condition than it is riding ability. DH is different ...skills plays a much bigger role in that ( I raced sport in DH)
I plan to move up this year next race and likely will get my a** completely handed to me. The lap times in the few races I have done are pretty consistent between beginner and sport ( both are really fast) but longer distances. I would suggest jumping in with the beginners, see how you feel and can handle the pace and length. Alot of the guys in my class in the races I did had a similar story ( used to race, took a long time off for life, just trying it out again). If you find yourself crushing it and have alot more in the tank, move up next one.
 

Sandwich

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Well I looked again shortly after I posted and there's a separate "first timers" category. I think Cat3 will work for me, at least this time around.
 

Sandwich

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Definitely. My physical condition could be described as "poor" and, though I was confident my skill level, I couldn't make up for a lack of fitness in cat 2 DH. I wouldn't think about doing it a second time if I actually won.