in February/March I will move permanently from Italy to SoCal (San Diego area).
I tried to understand all the burocracy needed in order to race in USA and I found it is just straightforward: i will transfer online my UCI membership from the Italian federation to USA Cycling, easy.
But ... I tried to look at the races calendar and I saw that I will need probably to change 100% my racing habits.
In Italy I run mainly GF (lets say long and mountain races, about 80 to 120 miles, about 7000 to 12000 ft) and "uphill TT" (don't know the exact name in english).
It looks to me that in USA the GF are basically "cyclotour events", not really competitive, exactly the opposite of what happens in Italy where instead GFs are real races, just the most "important" in the non-pro world. Crits and TTs are secondary and smaller events.
Moreover I do not find any "uphill TT" in SoCal (may be this is more reasonable, due to the fact that the mountains in SoCal are not tough mountains, short and quite flat, at least with respect to the Alps)
Looking at the USACycling events, I find a huge number of crits events (too bad for my power profile), TT events, and that's it. Is it right or am I missing anything?
Should I really deeply change my training program and racing habits and forget forever GFs and "uphill TT" in order to race in SoCal?