Oct 30, 2003 6:29 PM
|if you were sixteen years old and had lots of people telling you that you were fast and needed to do some racing, what would you do?|
|re: aspiring clock-crusher||treebound|
Oct 31, 2003 6:10 AM
|This is not advice, instead consider it as some options:
1. Does your local school or community or bike shop have a racing club? The USCF will have listings of local registered clubs in your area. Also look into any colleges you may be considering once you graduate from high school and see if they have any collegiate cycling teams/clubs in your area.
2. Is there a velodrome near you? If so see number 1 and look into the same issues.
3. Go to the library or a local book store and look at as many different cycling training and racing books as you can. Find one that works for you and study it. Learn as much as you can about safety, cornering, tactics, rules, regulations, fitness, training, performance, endurance, nutrition, bike maintenance and preparation, hydration and food intake while riding. And do all this with the understanding that your body is still developing and you don't really want to walk around all hobbled up in your 40's.
4. A long healthy life is better than a short blazing career.
5. There is always the Olympics. Look into what it takes to qualify for the tryouts. Get involved, ride right, try not to crash, and if you do crash try not to take anyone down with you.
6. Fast is good, but it don't always win the race. Food for thought. Tactics and strategy (the good kind, not the devious kind) are always worth knowing about.
Hope this helps some, or at least I hope it doesn't hurt.
|don't overtrain, use junior gearing. nm||Qubeley|
Oct 31, 2003 7:28 AM
|Join a racing team and tell them that you want a full ride.||MR_GRUMPY|
Oct 31, 2003 11:09 AM
|After picking themselves off the floor and wiping the snot off their faces, they will tell you; 1) Buy a bike 2) Enter a race.|
|Go to a local LBS involved with racing||Roger2|
Oct 31, 2003 3:27 PM
|talk to them to find events/races, training rides, etc. You'll gain contacts, advice, and you'll likely find most the answers to your questions.|
|Local Contacts||Keeping up with Junior|
Nov 4, 2003 9:31 AM
|Local contacts are your greatest asset. Having the legs is only part of the equation needed to race. You will need to gather a great deal of pack riding skills as well as learn how to think and read a race.
Experienced riders are the best resource for this. There is a lot of knowledge out there, you just need to find it. The person with that knowledge may not be the fastest rider in your area that wears full team kit everytime he rides. Find some old guys who may not race anymore, but still have the knowledge you need to acquire. The other plus is the current fast racer is busy trying to get better himself while the old guy just wants someone to ride with that he can keep up with and that will listen to his stories and advice.
Don't get hung up on all the toys associated with cycling. Get the basics, learn how to maintain it and then ride your bike. You are not going to lose a race because you lack carbon wheels, etc. A good relationship with a local bike shop may help you out over time. The mechanic may teach you how to take care of your bike and keep an eye out for discarded parts you may need. The owner may work with you on exchanging stems as you grow every couple of months. You can still take advantage of killer internet deals from time to time, but try not to abuse your relationship with the shop. i.e. don't buy some shoes on the net and save $20 bucks then expect the shop to dig around in their parts drawer looking for special screws to attach the cleats.
If you are doing group rides with tourist to get some pack riding skills remember that those rides are not races. Follow each groups etiquite. Touring rides are a great place to get some miles in and also establish some of those local relationships. Remember, old guys have lots of money that they spend on new bike toys they think will make them faster. That also means they have boatloads of good stuff in their basement that you might be able to get for a good price if you become their riding buddy.
Local contacts will also be your ride to races. It also makes mom and dad feel better if they know you are with an adult when you travel all over the countryside riding and racing.
Good Luck. Ride Lots. Have Fun.
Nov 10, 2003 12:44 PM
|Post what area of the country you live in here and I am sure someone can hook you up with a list of races in your area.
Then go out and race. Talk to people before and after a race. If you do well, I am certain some of the experienced folks will point you where you need to go to find training, a team and perhaps a coach.
All you need is an okay bike, good tires, okay shoes, okay pedals, a helmet and a strong set of legs to win cat 5 or junior races. Strong legs being the most important.
Once you finish a few Cat 5 or Junior races you can start working your way up. As you work your way up finding the right team and coach will become important, but just get out and race for now and talk to the people at the races.