Yes, i know the obvious differences but I'm interested in categories, levels and differences in training for either.
For context i'm going to enter a few cat 4 road races next year (never done it before) and will be putting in some training over the winter for this.
Am i right in thinking training for road requires a lot more base training as you spend the majority of the time sub threshold whereas an xc race you spend a lot of the time at threshold + ?
(what i'm saying is if i purely concentrate on entering cat4 road racces next year my training would differ somewhat to training for xc races - I obviously need to train the base for both but an xc race my heart rate would be in the threshold + level for most of the race)
Am i right in thinking road racing has more categories and it's easier to get into than xc racing? Is there an equivalent cat 4 in xc (say open?)
I'd be interested in entering a few short xc races (sub 2 hour). What's the difference between the categories and do you get a points to move up to categories?