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Newbie question about racing(4 posts)

Newbie question about racingRLinNH
Aug 4, 2002 5:58 PM
Today I had the pleasure of helping out at a road race in Bow, NH. I had a great time. I have been riding in the dirt now for the better part of nine years, and have recently bought a road bike. A 2002 Fuji team. After being at the race today, I have to say that I got caught up in it and am now thinking about making next years Bow, NH race my first. My question is this. Are the riders alright with someone being in their first race? I ask because I couldn't get over how close the riders were to each other and the team work that was going on. They really seemed like quite the cohesive team. How tolerable will "the pack" be of a newbie racer?
Join a local club, learn how to ride in group, paceline etc.0_Kewl
Aug 4, 2002 6:06 PM
1st thing 1st. Join a local club. Tell them you're new to road cycling and would like to learn how to road race. Most local club have racers in them. They should be able to help you out. They'll probly have you get aclimated to riding in a group, then to ride paceline. Once you get these down and can hold a good 20mph+ pace on your own, you'll probly be ready to join the racers, when they do their fast training rides.
Your first race will be a Cat 5 race, for which there are littlebill
Aug 4, 2002 6:07 PM
to no team tactics. In a Cat 5 race, no one has a great deal of experience, anyway, and, unless you can't corner or hold a line (i.e., are dangerous), no one will care who you are. Even if you are dangerous, you'll have more company than anyone would care to admit.
The people who are nice are nice. Some are good. Some are not so good. The people who are a**holes are a**holes. Some are good. Some are not so good.
Because I'm a 43 y/o Cat 5, I could give a sh*t what anyone thinks of me. I come to the line friendly, make some jokes, see who laughs, and try to have a good time.
Go for it. No way to do it other than to do it.
They don't call it Crash 5 for nothing! nmjose_Tex_mex
Aug 4, 2002 6:55 PM