Little background. I used to mtn bike race alot in the Sport category (which I believe is now Cat 2?). I was "generally" a podium finisher, give or take a couple of races where mechanicals kept me out of contention. Haven't done any races for the last 4 years or so, but have the green light from my wife to start competing again.
I do alot of road riding, going to do some road racing in that arena this next year as well (Cat 5 since I have to). I don't have any great expectations in this arena, but I'm fairly confident in my riding ability, as I've done alot of riding with Cat 3 (and some 2) riders in the past. This next year I'll qualify for the 40 yr old age bracket (no comments on my age, please); so I'm pondering whether to start off in the sport class again, or try my hand in the expert class, OR try my hand in the SS class.
Now I know I don't want to set myself up for failure, but I don't like sandbaggers either. I don't think I'll qualify as such; but my dilemma right now is that I'm searching for a bike to race this next year. I'm looking at 29ers (HT), and leaning toward a geared bike. Don't know that a SS wouldn't be fun, just not sure I want to commit to all my races being on one?
I'd like to hear some feedback on what you guys might suggest. Right now, leaning towards the sport (cat 2) class and see how I fair; then go from there. (There's also an endurance class in a local series I can do that's somewhat interesting.) My issues is, if I go for the points in the series, I don't want to jump ship and move up and lose those if possible, regardless of how I'm doing. I'd like to be in contention for the overall at seasons end....not sure that's a feasible expectation in the expert class.
Thanks in advance. I appreciate it.
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