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Want to start racing...NewDayNewWay
May 26, 2003 3:54 PM
Can someone give me the 2 sec drill on how to get into racing? I would definitely need to start off in the lowest level category, whatever that is. I like competition, but I'm not out for blood (but we'll see how things go). As background, I took up riding last year at the age of 37. I'm nothing amazing, but I know from a few metric century rides that I have built up some strength.

Tx NDNW
Find a club, find some racesKerry
May 26, 2003 5:25 PM
Get in touch with someone from the nearest cycling club. They will likely be able to direct you to a resource that will know about races in your area. There are several key factors, among them the ability to go hard from the start (things ease up later, but you can get shelled in a hurry if you don't have this fitness) and the skills of bike handling in close quarters with a bunch of other people. It might be best to find some "training races" with your local clubs where you go on hard group rides during the week. This will tell you a lot about your readiness for racing, and the riders will help you with your skills and finding events that match your abilities.
Divorce? (nm)53T
May 27, 2003 9:14 AM
Try out for the Olympic team and go from thereshirt
May 27, 2003 1:06 PM
Step One: Call your local shops and find out where the Saturday rides are. Unless you live in Dillingham, Alaska, there's probably one nearby.

Step Two: Show up. Make sure there's enough team jerseys milling about to make yourself consider going home.

Step Three: Introduce yourself to somebody thusly, "Hi, I'm a Fred but I want to get into this racing thing. Do you mind if I tag along? I'm open to any advice may have, as well." Hang for as long as possible, no matter how much you're suffering. These two actions will win you friends instantly and any self-respecting roadie should go out of his way to help you learn the ropes from there.

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re: Want to start racing...manicoti
May 29, 2003 7:10 AM
I agree that you should find a local club. Also try going to a bike shop that sponsors a team and they will know plenty. You will also need to get a license from USACycling. I would train hard this year, go and watch some races, and wait till January to get you license. They take awhile and last one calender year. Right now it is just starting to get good racing in Cincy, and it would be a pain in the butt to deal with getting a new card right now. truesport.com has lots of races.