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Getting started racing(3 posts)

Getting started racingDrPete
Apr 30, 2001 6:08 AM
I've recently bought a road bike and I'm thinking about trying a race. My climbing is still pretty pathetic, but I can hold a pretty good pace (20-25) on the flats. Where do I go to find out about races? I tried the USCF web page and there's just not a lot of info for beginners. I live in Gaithersburg, MD, around DC. Also, how hard core is the Cat 5 scene? I raced mtn. bikes years ago, and the beginner class was great. I guess the real question is what kind of performance level do I need to reach to be competitive as a Cat 5 racer? I also have a rough idea of the events available, but what would be the best event for a newbie? Any info would be great, especially specific for Maryland. Thanks! is very good for race info nmclimbo
Apr 30, 2001 8:11 AM
re: Getting started racingrollo tommassi
Apr 30, 2001 1:51 PM
I lived in DC for a couple of years, but didn't race road too much. Try Snow Valley Racing, they're nice guys/gals -, I believe (or .com if not) They may be able to get you info on local training rides as well.

I know that there are training races near the zoo in Baltimore, but I don't know if that is convenienent to you or not.

Truesport is a good source, too, so definitely check them out.