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Getting into Racing in Seattle(2 posts)

Getting into Racing in Seattlemattcrout
Feb 14, 2003 4:11 PM
Hey, I haven't been riding my road bike for too long, about a year or two, but i'd like to get into racing. i can keep about 18-19mph for like 30 miles. is that really slow? how do i get into racing? do i contact a team, or just show up and race or what? i'm basically clueless. any good racing/teams in seattle? thanks!

matt
re: Getting into Racing in Seattlemjbmx5
Feb 17, 2003 9:04 PM
There are many teams in Seattle but you do not need to be on one to start racing. The speed in a race will be higher but because of drafting it will not be that much harder. Here are some web sites to check www.pazzovelo.com/events www.greggscycles.com/calendar/roadRaces.htm

Also sign up for the local nw cycling web news at www.topica.com/search/?query=nwcycling&search_type=cat

You want to start racing as a cat 4/5 which is for beginners.
This year there is lots of fast riders in there (sandbaggers)but they will be forced to upgrade soon so try and stay with the group until you get dropped and try againg next week. It may take 4 or 5 weeks to get into race condition. Being a team is a good way to get training & discounts but for cat 4/5 there is not much team work in racing but once you upgrade then the teams will work for their best riders.

Go to races and talk to others and learn.

Good Luck- Get out there and race- I'll be at many of the racing as my son is starting to race as a cat 4/5 also.