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Racing 101lexington476
Feb 10, 2003 5:56 PM
If I get into road racing a little this year what should I expect? Any advice for a first timer? What is the cut off number of races for getting the one day race licensees and getting the $50 USCF one year license? I will be using my new 2003 Specialized Allez the basic one.
re: Racing 101flyinbowlofmilk
Feb 11, 2003 8:03 PM
You should expect alot of things.My primary advice is for you to stay near the front of the pack. That way you will avoid any crash in crits.,and in RR the same. my second piece of advice is be prepared to acclerate coming out of Corners in Crits. The answer to that question depends on how many race you want to do. But the $50 USCF racing license will save you a some money in the long run . Nice bike . I just came off my 1st year racing in 2002 as a Cat 5 or (1st timer). The learning curve is steep,but don't get depressed. Just hang in there. I can tell you this from experience. Because I am still learning now. E-mail me if you have any more question at Good luck.


re: Racing 101Thorman
Feb 12, 2003 6:38 PM
Last year was also my first season of road racing. I learned a ton as the season progressed. Fly gives some good advice about staying near the front of the field if possible. My best advice is to stay positive even if you get dropped, which will most likely happen in your first few races. With a good training program you will go from being dropped to staying with the field in no time. If you're interested in a new racers perspective on road racing you can check out my race diaries on my site.