I spoke with a few of our bike club members who were in the amateur race yesterday (5 club members, including one in his 70's who finished EIGHTH!) about how it was riding in it and while it's a challenge, it doesn't seem TOO far out of my reach. Might consider it in the future. 16 laps round a mile long loop round several city blocks with an uphill stretch that I'm told gets a little TALLER each time they go 'round! :-)
One fellow from the club held an overall 20 mph pace for the race which is definitely more than I could sustain at present, but with a little more work and training I could see myself within striking range of that.
Plus the tight quarters one sees among the pro racers really doesn't exist for the amateurs except perhaps for the first stretch at the beginning.
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