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Old 06-05-16, 03:46 PM   #1
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Is this a thing?

I love riding and racing, but at this point in my life I can't quite swing the racing fees. Does it jive with racing culture to work as a domestique for someone/a team in exchange for race fees? I'm not a bad time trialist, wouldn't be the worst buy ever.
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No, it is not a thing.
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I think that it could be a thing on teams that cover entries, meaning you join a team and part of the team is that they cover entries.
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Also do some weeknight races. They tend to be cheaper.
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Finally promoters will often ask for volunteers for marshals, helping with registration, etc. Ask.
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options are to join a team that covers reg fees (you'll probably have to throw in some cash for a kit) or volunteer at races in exchange for reg
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Finally promoters will often ask for volunteers for marshals, helping with registration, etc. Ask.
^ this ... many of the races in our area will comp your entry fee if you marshal, or bring a volunteer to marshal.
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Our races just started having marshals. They have radios and play gate keeper in the slower races. But you kind of have to let them know way early, and have some leverage in the community, because the spots fill up
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Finally promoters will often ask for volunteers for marshals, helping with registration, etc. Ask.
That may be possible. A lot of the races around here are sponsored by one team, and I know one of their directors, some others are sponsored by shops I'm on good terms with. That would at least get me in the really local races, giving me a handful of road races and a few crits, plus some time trials through the season. I'll look into that.
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Honestly I've found racing to be cheaper than going to regular t-shirt rides. 2 days of cat 5 racing at Tulsa Tough this weekend is $70. 1 day of grand fondo riding is $75.
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Might I recommend some ABR races: American Bicycle Racing

It's a different governing body from USAC but the races and rules are much the same. Registration fees tend to be much cheaper. They have a great selection of time trial events, some of which are team time trials (lots of fun). Hopefully there are some events in your area.
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If domestique duties include kit washing and recovery meal cooking there might be some interest.
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Might I recommend some ABR races: American Bicycle Racing

It's a different governing body from USAC but the races and rules are much the same. Registration fees tend to be much cheaper. They have a great selection of time trial events, some of which are team time trials (lots of fun). Hopefully there are some events in your area.
they do a TT series a mile or so from my house in conjunction with a cycling club, costs $5 for the timing plus a $5 "suggested donation. I'll see if there's anything else nearby, thanks
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