I have race experience from earlier days with NAAC Collegiate Races and various old Category 5 races. I have moved around the US a lot and found my new home in Pennsylvania to have some pretty bad race officials and hosts…lots of Camera finish line problems and such…I mean if I register ($$) to race and come in with the pack I would hope to see a ranking even if the same time as the group. I could never tell if I was improving.
Bitterly, I walked away from racing and spent 4.5 years riding with friends, fiance’ and alone (mostly). My finace, soon to be wife, wants to race. She will be a CAT 4 women racer and a novice.
I will be a??? Do I register in the novice category if the race offers that or do I race Masters 45+?
I am not sure if my first races should be to gain race experience with novice and try to hang in the group or risk a drop off the back with Masters 45+.