As a junior cyclist I have gotten very into cycling over the last year but have found few resources for junior riders. This is my background and questions but if anyone else has questions please feel free to ask.
Context: I have got into cycling over the last few years and started training relatively seriously at the beginning of the last school year almost 1 year ago.
Age: 17 years old
Height: 5’ 9¾”
Weight: ~156 lbs
Current FTP: ~260W Last test was 256W but that was 5 weeks ago
W/Kg for FTP: ~3.65
Max Sprint: 1100W
W/Kg for Sprint: ~15.5
60 Sec Effort: Around 600W
Since I am just starting to really get into cycling I don’t know if this is good or not for a relative beginner (about 1 year training semi-serious). I don’t have much experience out on the roads because all my races got cancelled and I was only able to do one group ride before COVID hit and our local bike club cut all group rides. I went with the B group on a 50 mile ride but got dropped about 35 miles in. Though this was probably due to a number of reasons.
My nutrition was a granola bar and a single bottle of water which probably helped in me bonking really hard at the end.
I was on a bike that was my uncle’s and was 10-15 years old. Additionally, it had flat pedals which took a big toll on me compared to when I am able to clip in on my families Peloton. – However, I have gotten a new bike since and hope to get clip in pedals and shoes in the future.
I know I would like to do road racing but beyond that I am not sure what kinds of races I should ride. I am a very competitive person and want to race but am not sure what kind of race would best suit me.
Should I approach my training or racing any differently because I am a junior as opposed to an adult?
I am not sure what level I am in comparison to others. I know about the category (Cat) system but am not sure if I am at the novice level or a cat 4/5. – Whatever the case I hope to be able to progress fast and someday get to cat 1!
I know how knowledgeable the TrainerRoad community is from the excellent TrainerRoad podcast on YouTube, so any input on any of my questions would be greatly appreciated.