Tips for cat.4 racers


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The race season is approaching and last year I did a few ‘tips‘ posts, coming from my standpoint as a relative novice. I’ve found you can pick up the basics and even get to a good level of fitness, but getting advice on the things that really matter for racing is actually hard. How many […]

Cat.4 tips: Be at the front


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‘Be at the front’ sounds counter-intuitive, because surely novice racers will struggle to hold the pace at the front? As as per my last ‘Cat.4 tips’ post, they should be sitting in and saving their energy? Well- in a bunch, the pace is the same at the front as it is at the back. At […]

Cat.4 tips: saving your energy


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I’m going to post some tips for people who are new to road racing. What qualifies me to give this advice, you may ask? I’ve only ridden a road bike for two years and this is my second season racing. Well, I’m keen to do research, learn from the old heads, and absorb as much […]

Tips for 4th cat racers: get your 3rd cat!


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There comes a time in every man’s life where he must leave behind the 4th category road racers and make the step up to ‘the big time’. After about 5 years of trying, I finally managed to get the hallowed 10 points* in 2013 and the 3rd category road race license that came with it. […]

French amateur racing- Trophées de Brocéliande Montfort


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A local race that I watch during my stay in Brittany was the Montfort round of the Trophées de Brocéliande series on Saturday 2nd July. More, and better photos to follow It was the final of a regional series for 3rd category racers affiliated to the FFC – France’s equivalent to British Cycling. Juniors will […]

How to / how not to ride a cat. 4 Road Race


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I rode the B race of the Davie Bell Memorial road race 2 weeks ago, and while it’s too late to review the day (and Martin and Ed from Veloresults have done that better than I could anyway) I thought I would recap a few of the reasons why I had such a stinker. I […]