How fast is a Categorised race(r)?
Having seen plenty of threads on the forums about sportives not being races and that people should "pin a number on and go and join a real race" I'm intrigued; how fast do you have to be to stand a chance in a race? How long are they? Do you need a super duper unobtainium frame with a groupset powered by electrickery to stand a chance of competing?
Anyone out there got any experiences of their first ever race?