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    How far do you travel for your weekly road race?

    Very rarely do I have to wake up at 5:30 to drive two hours north south or west for a road race which starts at 8 or 9. There is not much East as I live near the coast.
    I live on the NH/MA border and travel between NH, MA, RI, and CT mostly. We may have more races than other states/countries though but one race a week is my happy medium and I travel 30 minutes to about 2 hours at most for a single day race.
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    I try to stay within 2 hours. Tues Night races are 35 minutes each way if traffic isn't horrible. I live about 10 min from I-91 on the CT/MA line so my range basically ends in NY (not quite NYC, before that), Limerock to the west, Ninigret to the southeast, and for whatever reason I rarely venture into MA, like almost never.

    I've done races in NY/NJ but those days killed me, 3-4 hours of driving each way. No kid at the time, that's also a limiting factor.
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    I could race almost every weekend of the year if I'm willing to go 2 hours, depending on traffic....

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    I have 5 crits(4 are weeknight crits) and one road race within an hour of me. After that I'm traveling 2 hours one way for a few more crits. For road races it is 4 hours plus (again one way) for each race.

    As of today, the 4 crits have passed. I have one crit and one road race left on my "close" calendar for the year.

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    When I look on the bikereg calendar my default search is 100 miles. A few races I can literally ride to; most are 1-2 hours. NYC, most of CT, western MA, Battenkill, and much of central NY are all within the circle.

    I'll do almost any race within 45 minutes. Further afield, for whatever reason I race mostly in CT, some in northern NJ (that's where the weeknight crits are), occasionally in the NYC area, rarely in central NY, and never in western MA.

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    100 miles limit, with a few special exceptions on the calendar which usually have to be negotiated months in advance.
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    It varies from 5 minutes at the low end to 2.5 hours at the high end. There have been a few exceptions for 8+ hours of travel and there will likely be an exception for 12 hours of travel later this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Panza View Post
    Very rarely do I have to wake up at 5:30 to drive two hours north south or west for a road race which starts at 8 or 9. There is not much East as I live near the coast.
    I live on the NH/MA border and travel between NH, MA, RI, and CT mostly. We may have more races than other states/countries though but one race a week is my happy medium and I travel 30 minutes to about 2 hours at most for a single day race.
    New England, NY/NJ, and the mid-atlantic are probably some of the luckiest areas of the country with regards to how close races are.

    For an "average" race I try to stay within 2. I'll drive longer for "big" races.
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    Normally about 2 hours. Exceptions are there and 4 hours isn't uncommon if it looks like a good race or is a stage race.

    I may go down to do Tour of Washington county, which will take ~8 hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by globecanvas View Post
    When I look on the bikereg calendar my default search is 100 miles. A few races I can literally ride to; most are 1-2 hours. NYC, most of CT, western MA, Battenkill, and much of central NY are all within the circle.

    I'll do almost any race within 45 minutes. Further afield, for whatever reason I race mostly in CT, some in northern NJ (that's where the weeknight crits are), occasionally in the NYC area, rarely in central NY, and never in western MA.
    I have a couple I can ride to. That's a treat.
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    2 1/2 hours is my limit. I have a 9 month old and a 2 year old, so traveling to a race for that long can be a bit stressful. Much longer than 3 and I'm fried before I even touch the bike. 9 month old is usually the culprit. Hoping once they both get older it will get easier. Or maybe just start going by myself to the races, however we are a 1 vehicle family.

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    My races this year are all within 1.5 hours each way, but I don't race even close to every weekend. Many of my teammates that race every weekend will drive up to 3-5 hours usually for stage races or omniums.

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    3 hours. Everything around here is 3 hours away.

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    Most are within 1-2hrs, I'm not opposed to driving farther distances if I like the race and/or it's in a pretty area that I'd like to explore.
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    Around 2 hour max for a crit or circuit race, 3 hours or more for road race, but waking up that early on a weekend is tough. Drove like 14 hours each way for Valley of the Sun stage race.

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    too damn far apparently
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    Average about 15K miles and year going to bike races.
    I'd guess about 1.5 hours a weekend average.
    Locals - <2 hours - we are S OC between San Diego and LA, so local is Bakersfield/Santa Barbara (3-4 hours) to San Diego/Boulevard (1-2 hours) with Ontario 1 hour.
    Semi-local in PHX, NorCal, Yuma.
    If you don't like races around business parks you need to drive from where we live.

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    Part II:
    I try to have as much time before the race as time driving to the race. Junior wears compression for over an hour drive - if he remembers.

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    For me, I also base it more on what my expectations are, I'm not going to drive 4 hours to get shelled....Similarly if I think I have a shot, I'll go pretty far (my next A race is 500 miles away) I can't disclose that location because with the way ppl have been racing here I don't want the competition!

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    1-1.5 Hrs for a Crit with 3-5 of those within riding distance. Furthest I go is 3 hours for an Omnium.

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