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Old 08-18-06, 09:20 AM   #1
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Joining a Team??

I'm wanting to join a team for next year's season and wanted to know how it typically works.

There are a couple group rides that I do with several shops, and they all have teams. I am thinking about approaching one to ask about joining.

I have raced about 10-12 times in the past 2 seasons and am looking to be fairly competitive by next season....
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Old 08-18-06, 09:24 AM   #2
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Just ask the racers on the respective teams. They'll be your best first step in figuring out how to join.

When they make you sacrifice the live chicken, make sure you have all the steps and incantations in the proper order.
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Old 08-18-06, 09:27 AM   #3
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Just ask someone from your favorite team about joining. I'm sure they'd be glad to have you.
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Old 08-18-06, 09:31 AM   #4
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As a newb to racing I also thought that there was much more of a process to it than there really is. For the lower cats, most "teams" are really clubs whose members all wear the same stuff at races and do some training rides together. There's really no big selection process involved. For instance, there's a guy who races locally around here in the 5's and routinely gets shelled who joined a local team and is now getting shelled in team kit.

Find the guys who are fun to ride with and occasionally have a beer with and you're set. Oh, and make sure the kit looks good.
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It's sorta funny....

A guy here at work who I talk to all the time is a Cat 3, and he's been lobbying to get me to ride with his team and join up....and I haven't even started racing yet (next year...but am eyeing a race this fall). Start talking to people, and unless they're a bunch of elitists, they'll probably be more than willing to help you out.
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there's a guy who races locally around here in the 5's and routinely gets shelled who joined a local team and is now getting shelled in team kit.
God, I help you weren't looking a year in the future and talking about me : ) Maybe it just seemed like you were talking about me personally, maybe I'm a bit paranoid, yikes.

For the OP, this past week I've sent out a few emails to the teams in my area that have a larger component of 4/s (lowest ACA cat). I haven't had any straightforward replies but they generally have been, "chat up a few of our racers at the next race." Pretty similar advice to whats been posted. So thats my plan.
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Whatever, man--I'm signing up with a club this fall, and while I can hang in most races in the 5's I'll be getting shelled in team kit in the 4's for at least a couple races next spring...

Nothing to be paranoid about. Gotta start somewhere.
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i've raced unattached for a while now. with a recent upgrade to cat 4, i think i want to race next season with a team as well. in NYC we have two big racing clubs which are open to anyone. all you really need is some money to cover the dues and you're in. The smaller teams are often "subteams" of the bigger club and have a more selective process for new members (which i'm foggy on). as far as i know there aren't too many independent racing teams here. So, i guess i'll probably just join one of the bigger racing clubs and see what happens from there.
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Thanks for the advice!
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Some teams/clubs have an open policy on joining. Meaning anyone can join of any catagory. That's the way the team I'm currently on works. Sign a waiver and buy a jersey, you're on. Other teams pick and choose riders. It seems like these are the more "tight knit" clubs and most of the team members are the same catagory.

Just ask a team member about their club. Don't start asking about sponsorship deals though. Bad form.
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