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amateur racing in europeiml
Jun 20, 2002 9:59 AM
hello all. i will be spending a year or so living in germany in the nuremberg area, with loads of time to train and race. i'm 30, expert mtb/catII/cat A 'cross racer - no pro or even top amateur, but eager to have fun with the opportunity to race with no distractions - like work! i'd love any info on what i can expect over there, aside from the assumption that i'll have my legs ripped off on a regular basis. i will have other racers there to get me plugged in, but i would appeciate hearing from any of you re: your experiences, anecdotes, even rumours and innuendo. thanks.
I can give you some second-hand info...Wayne
Jun 20, 2002 10:34 AM
on dutch racing. Just happened to have dinner with a guy who was visiting a friend of a friend of a friend, etc. Anyway he races in Holland, top amateur never gonna be pro-type, I looked him up and he finished 24th at the Dutch Cross Nationals last year, etc. Anyway I'm sure it differs by country but he said road cycling in Holland at least is the same as here as far as categories but the most surprising thing he said was that you self-select your road category like we do with mtn biking or cross here. He also said that during the summer he can race every afternoon without driving more than 50k if he wanted to!
re: amateur racing in europeGutterball
Jun 20, 2002 11:52 AM
I think that the tricky part is getting licensed. When I was in Belgium for 3 months I couldn't do any ametuer cross races...I needed an international license through the USCF . I was able to do some 'mountin bike events' which were really really fun, but still not 'cross. Another word of advice...stay off the chocolate.
re: amateur racing in europeSparticuss
Jun 26, 2002 7:22 AM
Hello. Well I don't know what racing is compared to in the states, I've only raced here in Europe (Your area too). What I can tell you is that there are plenty of races (MTB) to attend without driving a long distance. Pretty much any race withing Germany is not going to be any more then 3-4 hours away with a good bunch of them being no further than 1-2 hours away from you. If you feel like riding or racing in France, Austria, or Switzerland (Also close) I'm guessing no longer then 4-5 hours. OH, about the Europeans and cycling, they take it very seriously. Feel free to contact me while you are here. I'm in the Heidelberg area.