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Sea Otter Road Race '10
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rottieruff
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 Posted: Mon Nov 9th, 2009 12:36 am

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Has anyone ridden the Sea Otter Road Race? Is the CAT 4 category crazy fast? Do you think that a casual racer that isn't crazy fast such as myself would be better off in the Masters 35+ (I'm 39) or CAT 4 group?

There is a Gran Fondo event which sounds fun but I'd like to race. Last year I raced mtb but can't this year because it is on Sunday and I gotta go home that day :?.

Any input would be appreciated!

Thanks!

leslie

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 Posted: Tue Nov 10th, 2009 02:16 am

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My experience is that the Masters were faster and it felt alot safer.  The RR does not have alot of mileage, but it's hilly and always windy.  I highly suggest you pre-ride the course, so you get a good sense of what to expect from "the wall" and "Barf-Boy". 

When I raced with the Masters, I was alone most of the time, because those ladies were too fast for me.  After that I raced in the Cat 4 and actually got to race with others and stay in a group.

Hope that helps,

~ D

 

P.S. what is the Gran Fondo that you are talking about?

 

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 Posted: Wed Nov 11th, 2009 12:29 am

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Thanks for the input. I figured the Masters group would be pretty fast. I like the safety factor of riding with more experienced riders but probably would not be able to hang. I'd love to pre-ride the course but not sure if possible since I would be coming up from So-Cal that Thurs and the race is on Fri. My strength is climbing so I am not so worried about the climbs. My weakness would be descending, for sure. I'll think about it.

The Gran Fondo is more of a "fun ride" with some timed sections. Check out the Gran Fondo section on the Sea Otter page for more info. These things are gaining a lot of popularity.

Thanks for the response.

leslie


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