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    Newbie Racing Question

    Hello all,

    I have some real basic questions regarding road bike racing.

    Although relatively new to cycling on a road bike, I was looking to do a road race sometime this summer in the Chicagoloand/greater Illinois area. The problem is that the more and more I look for an appropriate race, I realize that there's hardly any out there. I have found a bunch of "rides" (tours?) that are of varying distances, but it looks like you can register and start at different times which really doesn't seem like a race to me. I come from a running background, so I kind of just assumed that just like there's a 5k, 10k, or half marathon almost every weekend in the summer, that there would correspondingly be some bike races as well.

    So my question for you guys is: are there just not a lot of (amateur) races for road bikers?

    I went to the USACycling website where I read about road (circuit) races but the explanation of these races seemed to indicate you have to be on some kind of team do be able to do these. Is this true?

    Also, are there any helpful websites that list all the biking road races for a region similar to how one would go to Active.com or RunnersWorld.com to find a list of running races? (The only website I found was BikeRide.com and it listed a whopping 2 races for the whole state of Illinois.)

    I seem to feel that there might be amateur road races out there for newbies like myself but that I'm just missing the boat here. Thanks in advance for any advice/info.

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    try the truesport link for north central area, i found things in IL:

    http://www.truesport.com/Bike/2007/c...thcentral.html


    as long as a race has a cat 5 category, and offers a one day license option (i think most do), then you can just show up, pay the fees, and race. no team required. lots of cat 5s race unattached.

    if you want to keep racing, it's worth getting a license from USAcycling.

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    Check out ABD cycling club. They are sponsored by Prairie Path Cycles. They put on the Fall Fling each year which consists of a TT, RR and 2 crits. Very well run and a great place to get started in racing. Also, check out American Bicycle Racing at AmBikeRace.com you can race any of the crita as unattached through ABR.

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    You can go here:

    http://www.bikereg.com/

    and from the menu pick Road Races which yields this page:

    http://www.bikereg.com/events/Default.asp?et=1

    or from the drop down menu pick your area of interest.

    You don't have to be on a team to race (known as riding "unattached"), but unlike running races, you need a license to participate in cycling road races. You can go to www.usacycling.org and purchase a 1 year license (membership) or purchase a 1 day license at the event.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryLime
    I have found a bunch of "rides" (tours?) that are of varying distances, but it looks like you can register and start at different times which really doesn't seem like a race to me.
    These definitely aren't races.

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryLime
    So my question for you guys is: are there just not a lot of (amateur) races for road bikers?
    Check out http://www.ambikerace.com/2007/calendar_07.htm

    Quote Originally Posted by HarryLime
    I went to the USACycling website where I read about road (circuit) races but the explanation of these races seemed to indicate you have to be on some kind of team do be able to do these. Is this true?
    Nope. You don't need to worry about being on a team- usually isn't a factor until you are in the 2's. Just need to race smart.

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    You would benefit greatly from some "practice" racing before just jumping right into the real thing. Check out this link for some "training" crits. in your neck of the woods. Training crits. let you get your feet wet in a controlled, developmental setting.

    http://www.southchicagowheelmen.com/

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    There are definitely races every weekend of the summer within an hour or hour and a half of chicago.

    Off the top of my head:
    Superweek (14 races)
    Memorial Day (4 races)
    Elk Grove (2 races)
    Downers Grove (2 races)
    Winfield (2 races)
    Monsters and Cobb Park (2 races)
    Proctor(ITT, RR and Crit on Fri/Sat/Sun)
    Elgin/Grayslake weekend (2 races)
    Wisconsin state RR and crit (2 races)
    A bunch of smaller races put on my shops in Madison and Milwaukee

    Synopsis: one of the best areas in the country for summer racing.

    Go to abdcycling.com and look at the tool on the left hand side of the page. They have more races than you can shake a stick at. To move to the next month you click on the "Month>" when you've scrolled all the way down.
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    Also find a team. A team will be a great help in getting started, and will know where the races are. To find a team, go to the USA Cycling web page, and they have a directory. Also go to the local bike shop in your area that carries high end bikes, and ask them about the local racing teams.

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