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  • jules

    I went through this when I went up from D grade to C. it’s so intimidating at first but after a while you get used to the higher pace and more businesslike approaches of the riders.

  • David Bonnett

    Juniors go through this progression several times as they mature; spending a year as the bottom age in a category then a year as the top before they repeat the cycle. With the jump in band from J15 to J17 (for example) they also face racing on bigger gears, longer courses and new events if they race track.

    They do have the advantage of being able to call on older racers who have been through the same challenges but I know that almost every rider experiences the imposter syndrome and the shock of going from winning to barely hanging on to the bunch as they move into the next grade.

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