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There's no way we can answer this question for you. The people who reach elite-level competition in cycling have extraordinary natural gifts, dedicate enormous time and effort to training (20+ hours per week), and are incredibly motivated (to train intensively for 20+ hours per week, etc). If there's a local cycling club you can ride with, do that. If there ...


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Treating "competitive cyclists" as this single unified group (with three subgrouping) belies some prejudices. Like all walks of life there are a diversity of people, all with different motivations, morals and life experiences. As such there is no single correct answer your various questions. For example: are people in pelotons generally friendly, ...


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It is mostly too late indeed, unless you are already a world class or at least national-level athlete in a different sport - like Primož Roglič who was a ski jumper. Human bodies need the right level of physical training during their growth, that means some reasonable training during childhood and especially during junior levels to get to world class levels....


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Replace "cycling" in this question with any competitive sport. How should we know if it's right for you? How should we know what the community of cyclists near you is like, or whether or not you'll get along with them? Enter a race. Did you have fun? Enter another one. Or don't. Your call.


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If you have a power meter than download something like Golden Cheetah to analyse the data. Otherwise, if you are just using Strava's predictive data - I wouldn't bother as it won't be accurate enough for detailed analysis.


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I think you're looking at the lists backward - they have lists of banned substances. Everything else is okay and permitted because its not banned. So if your medication contains anything on the banned list you're best finding an alternative or dropping that product completely. You're able to prove that you made inquiries, and that your supplements do not ...


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Apparently, if you want to take basic supplements and are concerned about banned or undeclared substances, you can choose products that have the "NSF Certified for Sport®" Label. From an NSF Flyer: "NSF International's Certified for Sport® program has official support and recognition from the MLB, MLBPA, NFL, NFLPA, PGA, LPGA, CPSDA, CCES and other anti-...


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You could try looking at your ride through Veloviewer which offer a lot of very nice ways to dig into your data.


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Take the plunge and try it! Either you'll find that you don't enjoy it or you'll have discovered a wonderful new aspect to cycling. Regardless, you're only out a race fee. Community The cycling community is just like that of any other sport. You have some people who are pros, those who were, some who wish they were, some who think they are and some who don'...


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"As soon as cycling races started" is probably one way of answering your question "when and where the first podium girls appeared at a cycling race?" I had a look at Greek art related to sports. A lot of it shows women which seem to meet the Greek ethos of female beauty. On that basis I would argue the idea of attractive women ...


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I'm totally amateur but my understanding is competitive types are in it to win, which means being across the line first. This answer is race-focussed. The answer varies slightly depending on whether you're in a bunch or riding solo. A racer really wants to stay with the bunch in order to maximise aero advantage and cooperative assistance. If the racer "...


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You need -- Natural ability Training Persistence Support


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These are quite high-profile events. I think you do need a license, C1 and C2 are pro categories. From a random website: What does UCI, C1 and C2 mean? That means some of the world’s best cyclocross racers will be right here in Rochester racing at the Rochester Cyclocross in Genesee Valley Park! Including a bunch of current and past national ...


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BMX bikes are all very similar. Short, stout frames, tall handlebars, 20" wheels (and maybe the occasional 24" for a very tall BMX rider), and wide tires. The difference between Supercross and Freestyle BMX bikes is in the gearing. Supercross bikes will have a higher gear ratio for getting up to speed in races, while Freestyle bikes usually have a lower gear ...


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I'm going to attempt to approach the question a different way than the other two answers. This issue has been on my mind for a bit. Note that the answer refers to my experience in the US a lot. I do so only because I live in the US; the things I discuss likely go on elsewhere, but I'm not as aware of dynamics in other parts of the world. Basically, certain ...


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