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    Looking for a team: Herndon/Reston, VA

    I'll be moving from DC out to Herndon in June and I'm looking for a team. Fresh college grad in my first season of racing, I'm a pretty solid Cat5 racer. Soooo if anyone knows of any good teams based in that area, please post! Thanks!
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    There is quite a few. I have a friend that races on Squadra Coppi. It's a huge club team that supports developmental riders.

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    not gonna lie, Coppi looks too old for me. Dems are as follows (numbers are men only):
    50+ - 9
    40-49 - 33
    30-39 - 29

    they don't even list a category for riders under 30...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung
    not gonna lie, Coppi looks too old for me. Dems are as follows (numbers are men only):
    50+ - 9
    40-49 - 33
    30-39 - 29

    they don't even list a category for riders under 30...
    there are quite a few young folks who ride for coppi. also check out pedal shop in ashburn, va. they sponsor the old dominion team.

    there's always ncvc, they're pretty much everywhere.

    i'm doing the same research right now. except replace "solid cat 5" with "hope i don't get dropped by cat 5"
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    Maybe I'll spend a month doing "club rides" with every club in the area.

    I'll have no car, so a more local club is preferred. Well, that's not true - my wife will have a car, but it's her car. She gets a multi-thousand dollar car while I get to ride everywhere.
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    Some good dudes at Whole Wheel Velo Club with several Cat 5s if I recall. They're a smaller club, which can be good.
    www.wwvc.org

    For a bigger club, there is evolution (evo) or Team DRT, not sure what they're going by now, but if you do a search you'll be able to find them. Lots of good guys there, as well as an elite team to learn from, but their kits are kind of, well, plain.

    Squadra coppi has good looking kits.

    NCVC is everywhere, and has some good developmental activities, but it's very easy to get lost in the shuffle with a club that big. Lots of sub-groups, but at least every race you enter will be like a club ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDcatV
    NCVC is everywhere, and has some good developmental activities, but it's very easy to get lost in the shuffle with a club that big. Lots of sub-groups, but at least every race you enter will be like a club ride.
    +1. It's pretty funny to show up at the start line and all of the NCVC "teammates" are introducing themselves to each other.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    +1. It's pretty funny to show up at the start line and all of the NCVC "teammates" are introducing themselves to each other.
    yep - at the giro di coppi last year, we worked our tails off trying to set a breakawy up for one of our guys, 2/3 way through the race, after alot of attacks, we finally our guy got off and a r-ville harley, evo, coppi, ncvc, and artemis - went with him ... we're sitting near the front trying to keep the pace high but not too high to discourage bridge attempts, and the ncvc guys start chasing. I said to one of them, wtf? you've got a boy up the road, let it go ... his reply - "yeah, but we dont know who it is". Unbelievable.

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    Hahahahaha....
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    I'm on Coppi and I'm 24. We've got some younger guys, but it does skew more towards middle-age. I do love the kits. Coppi does 50 miles from the Java Shack in Arlington every Sunday at 8:30am, come on out.

    I lived in Herndon right after college. Evolution's the big team out there - http://www.evolutioncycling.org/

    A good way to meet teams is to do the Reston Bike Club rides on Tuesday/Thursday in the summer. Tons of racers come out for those, and all the big squads make an appearance. http://www.restonbikeclub.org/

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    RBC ride looks good - i'm not moving out there till June but will definitely hit them up. Thanks, Goodall!
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    Awe man your makin me feel old now

    Most of those big cat 4/5 teams up there race for them selves, it's no big deal. You can't expect a strong cat 4 rider who wants to upgrade to cat 3 as soon as possible to race for some dude who just joined the club. I mean those teams are so big its next to impossible to organize.

    Doing the Jeff Cup this year? You will see teams of 20 riders strong but they will be scattered all over the place. But not my team so watch out

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    I'll be at Jeff Cup, but racing collegiate
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    Quote Originally Posted by goodall
    I'm on Coppi and I'm 24. We've got some younger guys, but it does skew more towards middle-age. I do love the kits. Coppi does 50 miles from the Java Shack in Arlington every Sunday at 8:30am, come on out.

    I lived in Herndon right after college. Evolution's the big team out there - http://www.evolutioncycling.org/

    A good way to meet teams is to do the Reston Bike Club rides on Tuesday/Thursday in the summer. Tons of racers come out for those, and all the big squads make an appearance. http://www.restonbikeclub.org/
    How many guys are you getting on the Sunday Coppi rides when it is sub 35 (like yesterday)? I have been trying some clubs on for size and I thought I might come out some day soon. I am the 42 year old Cat 5-wannabe, never-raced-before that your club may be looking for....
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    I advise just going on group rides and races and see who you meet etc. I have no idea what teams i am even considering at this point but I figure after about 10 races or so I will have one in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostman
    How many guys are you getting on the Sunday Coppi rides when it is sub 35 (like yesterday)? I have been trying some clubs on for size and I thought I might come out some day soon. I am the 42 year old Cat 5-wannabe, never-raced-before that your club may be looking for....
    We still have a decent group in cold weather. Even that one Saturday when it was cold AND raining they had at least 10. I've never heard of it being cancelled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung
    not gonna lie, Coppi looks too old for me. Dems are as follows (numbers are men only):
    50+ - 9
    40-49 - 33
    30-39 - 29

    they don't even list a category for riders under 30...
    That's not always such a bad thing. Generally, you will find that older guys who have mucho experience are more willing to help out and mentor younger guys, than a team full of just younger guys.

    Please note the word "generally".
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung
    not gonna lie, Coppi looks too old for me. Dems are as follows (numbers are men only):
    50+ - 9
    40-49 - 33
    30-39 - 29

    they don't even list a category for riders under 30...
    You should also think about which catagories they race in. Depending on the size of the race, the Masters 35+ may be hours after the regular Cat4/5 or even Cat 3/4. This can make carpooling and other logistics harder for you.

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    So it looks like the house we're buying will be right behind A-1 Cycling in Herndon. Sweet, a bike shop in my backyard!
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    That could be really bad for you're wallet!

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    ...and my marriage...
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