PawPaw wrote:mjd wrote:I have to think anyone can make it to CLUB A grade, because I just did it. 48 years old, 6ft tall & 72 kg, 3rd year of riding & 2nd year of racing.
How many hours a week are you spending in the saddle this year?
Around 14hrs a week. Moving up grades is not only about your ability to gain strength through training although that's the biggest factor, its about making the right decisions at the right time in any race your in. This is the hardest thing to learn about racing I think. Jump 20 meters to early in the sprint game over, jump 20 meters to late in the sprint not in the game, get into a break away with wrong group you just waste your energy & same as chasing the break to hard when nobody else is interested in the bunch. So many little things in a race have a big impact on your overall result. I'm no sprinter that's for sure but not so bad that I cant contest them either. Best thing I can do is make it as tough as I can with some collaboration with others to soften the sprinters up before it gets to the last 300 meters Catching people out is part of the fun, just not being caught out is the trick but it happens often that's why we keep going back so we can work on our experiments isn't it.
The original question is answered in the yes based on my experience, but you have to have the right training plan from a expert in that field. The younger you are I would imagine it is a little easier if you are somewhat athletic in any way shape or form & you also have a bigger window to gain experience & to build a solid number of years in the legs.