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Junior needing some help getting started(4 posts)

Junior needing some help getting startedkhockey19
Nov 24, 2003 2:01 PM
Sorry for posting this twice but after posting it in the racing section I got the feeling it belonged in the General discussion instead.

hi everyone, i got myself a road bike two years ago when i was 16 because i have always loved cycling and the first spring/summer i had with it was awesome. i got myself a 2001 Giant TCR 0 and still love it to death. I need some help though getting more involved with the sport of cycling. I played Ice hockey through much of high school as well as other organized sports and i'm very lost entering this sport. with hockey its easy to find a club or team to compete with... go to your local rink and try out... i've searched for two years basically and am still very confused. i realize there are clubs in my area and i've gone to my local bike shops yet still seem to have come up empty handed. I live in the immediate Philadelphia area, suburbs, and have always ridden the great Kelly/West River drives on weekends when they shut it down for recreation stuff and during the week i get my hills in around where i live. i have a very versitile training region. I've done one race on my own which was a time trial, this was shortly after getting my road bike and i regreat not getting it sooner because i wasn't in the best condition i could have been and no where near where i was in the mid to end of the summer. Any help regarding clubs/teams that can cater to my needs would be greatly appriciated. I simply get too bored riding on my own and hoping someone nice will ride along and be able to draft with because most people who are involved with a club even if by themselves tend to not want to ride together with someone else not of a club from my experience. My father has always ridden with me but last year i began to get past him and it got frustrating having to slow up for him. I want the chance to try my hand in this sport at an organised level and i truely believe i can i just need the guidence to do it.
Thank you for anyone who can lend a helping hand in sterring me in the right direction. If you would like to contact me you may do so here by email

Thanks again
re: Junior needing some help getting startedAsiago
Nov 24, 2003 2:20 PM
Well, if you lived in Wisconsin, I'd have just the team for you. But as for the Philly area? Sorry, can't help. Good luck though.

I find it surprising that local shops, even one of them, couldn't direct you to a local club.

re: Junior needing some help getting startedkhockey19
Nov 24, 2003 2:32 PM
yea, out of the two shops in my immediate area, one only had mountain bike clubs, and the other only had a Cat 3+, Masters teams so nothere there for me either... 8(.
Hey PHL area riders. Can we help this guy out? nmDave Hickey
Nov 24, 2003 6:33 PM