so....I have always thought of a race was a group of riders on the same course on the same day attempting to be faster than the other cyclist.race
a. A competition of speed, as in running or riding.
b. races A series of such competitions held at a specified time on a regular course
I like it that i would have to train....pay...and travel to a specific location/time to pit skills against fellow cyclists...for me, it shows commitment and a sense of ceremony.
now we have Strava....which lets riders time routes....and apparently there are online competitions going people are calling 'races'....
is this virtual field of competition actually racing?...IMO no. It smells of 'second life', virtual gaming and the growing trend of avoiding personal interaction.
There is a world of difference lining up and competing on the same route in the exact same conditions than practicing a course by yourself over and over and over....only to say 'gotcha by a second so I win'....
Although i will admit that Strava would make an excellent training/motivation tool....