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I am a younger ridertrek5900cyclist
Dec 18, 2003 1:17 PM
and I really want to start being in big time races besides centuries and stuff. Can anyone tell me how to get a license and how I can ever manage to get on a team. I am only 15 so I know I have to wait a while but can someone please help me out. Is it just dumb luck that some executive notices you? I really want to race for my proffesion when I get older. I know there is a slim to none chance but the people in my club say that I have it in me. I have always dreamed of being on the US POSTAL or CSC teams but I would give anything even to be on a regional team. Someone please help me.
where are you?DougSloan
Dec 18, 2003 1:52 PM
Lots of teams and clubs mentor and help out junior riders. I'd look for a local team or club and talk to them.

Check out the road racing info here:

http://www.usacycling.org/road/

Here's more info for Northern California, but might applicable to lots of other areas:

http://www.ncnca.org/ncnca/Start_Racing.html

http://www.ncnca.org/
where are you?trek5900cyclist
Dec 18, 2003 1:55 PM
Im in central Florida 50 miles south of Tampa
Tampa area racers? Anyone here?No_sprint
Dec 19, 2003 8:22 AM
I'd suggest as Doug did, finding a local club that at the very least, has some racers. That'll mean they're registered with the local race sanctioning body. You may search the web for these types of clubs or you can go the local bike shop and ask them what clubs are around. You can also find the local race sanctioning body and give them a call for information.

Your best place to learn is from your peers. You don't have to wait for anything. If you've got visions of USPS, you'd better not. We've got some young guys like yourself on our team.

Here:
http://www.treasurecoastracing.org/
http://treasurecoastcycling.netfirms.com/page8.htm
http://www.bikeflorida.org/bicycle_clubs.htm

check the usacycling.org for the local sanctioning organization.
Tampa area racers? Anyone here?trek5900cyclist
Dec 19, 2003 8:33 AM
I am in Sarasota and I am the only memeber under 25 in the Sarasota Manatee Bike club. Everyone else is pretty much... well... not exactly racers which is what I want to do.
Be carefulshirt
Dec 19, 2003 12:09 PM
I went to college in Sarasota back in the 80s and distinctly remember spending half my attention and energy trying not to get creamed by half-blind octagenarians sailing their Buicks from the rest home to the Publix.

/shirt
Be carefultrek5900cyclist
Dec 19, 2003 12:35 PM
Yes there are some old ones round here. But that bit of information dosent really help me.
Sorry buddy, I retract that bit of information. (nm)shirt
Dec 19, 2003 1:26 PM
Sorry buddy, I retract that bit of information. (nm)trek5900cyclist
Dec 19, 2003 1:41 PM
sorry bout that this is sort of frustrating
Here ya are, sport:shirt
Dec 19, 2003 3:31 PM
Here's the information you need, not necessarily the information you want:

1) There's no way you can know if you want to be in "big time" races until you've been in small time races.

2) Centuries aren't races. While you're riding your bike for a long time, and possibly even suffering, the difference in dynamics between an actual race and a century is the difference between describing skydiving and jumping out of an airplane.

3) You live in a crappy place for racing. No hills, little organized racing, no shoulders, lots of old farts. Kind of like Texas, where some good racers have come from. Meaning, it's a challenge, not a show-stopper.

4) You can do junior races immediately. There is no need to wait.

5) Read Doug's email above and get yourself a license. That will be your first step and you won't even risk road rash by getting it.

6) Your bike club sounds like one of hundreds around the country. They can't help you much. Hit up some of your local bike shops and find out who the racers are in your area (Sarasota's too big not to have any) and find out if there's a Saturday ride you can join up with.

7) Nobody gets anywhere by "some executive noticing you." There are no executives in this sport. People will notice you when you win races. Or when you work really, really hard and show a lot of courage. These are things you can do as a junior without a team around you.

8) To get decent racing, I'm guessing you'll have to travel at least to Tampa/St. Pete, and probably down to Miami, up to Jacksonville, and everywhere in between. This is where knowing the local racers can help.

9) When you do find the local racers, do yourself this favor: after introducing yourself and hooking up for training rides, don't tell them that the people in your club say you have it in you, or that you want to race for a living. Tell them that you're a stupid fifteen year old who doesn't know his ass from a follow car, can barely change a flat tire, but that you're willing to learn everything from the experts. Act humble because they're going to kick your ass. If and when you end up kicking theirs, continue to act humble so they'll help you out in the jams you're sure to get into.

/shirt
Here ya are, sport:trek5900cyclist
Dec 19, 2003 3:51 PM
Wow. I'm overwhelmed. There is a training ride at a local bike shop called bikesanjava that I am going to start doing. Supposedly alot of racers participate in that. The only problem is that when I used that link to go to the license page it looked like it only applied to California. Then it aslo looked it applied only to off road. Can anyone give me the link for the Florida or National license page. Thank you all for your help. I hope to see you guys in the peleton or on the podium some day.
bikesanjavaVeloflash
Dec 19, 2003 5:48 PM
At 15 years old if you don't drink coffee then you had better start acquiring the taste! :) (and don't forget to take your money with you)
bikesanchicksZone_5_Junkie
Dec 19, 2003 9:06 PM
also...make sure you've got a hot girlfriend that you can bring to the races. That helps alot...well, after you've been shelled she'll still think you're a stud and you'll forget about getting shelled.
Teams in the Tampa areamondo
Dec 20, 2003 1:19 PM
BBC ( best of the bay club )training crits start in a few weeks in Tampa. In the Tampa area we have the BBC, American
Classic, Alantic Velo Shores, Gearlink and many more teams.

The problem is where you live. The best thing you could do
is go to the training rides in your area and ask the faster
guys for some help.

The first race is Feb 28. You can get more info from...

jill@kvjewels.com

Peace
Bikesanjava in Sarasota or Ringling Bicycles in Bradentoncdhbrad
Dec 29, 2003 9:26 AM
have weekly riders that have lots of fast riders. Bikesanjava rides are Tuesday and Thursdays, call the shop for times. Ringling are Wed at 6:00 P.M DST, and Sat. at 7:30, again call the shop for more info. Its not racing, but good quick training rides and you will learn from a lot of good riders, some of whom are licensed racers. Its a good place to see how quick you are and what you need to improve.
I live in Bradenton and am also in the Sarasota Manatee Bike Club, but am 51...I thought I was the youngest..... Hope to see you soon.
fer Christ's sake, www.usacycling.org (nm)53T
Dec 21, 2003 4:27 PM
re: I am a younger riderchaquefois
Jan 6, 2004 7:47 AM
A good resource for you:

http://www.florida-cycling.com/