So I just started grad school and i'm thinking of doing some of the college racing next year. I'm pretty new to racing in general (1 year in) and I know nothing about collegiate racing so humor me please.
1. Are the races broken up into categories like 4-3-2-1?
2. Must you be on your college's team in order to race? Or can I just show up w/ a student ID and go for it?
3. Are collegiate races any less safe than standard ones? In terms of pack sketchiness etc? There is NO WAY i'm going to race a criterium w/ 20 year olds who think they're indestructible, but what about road races?
Part of me says "you're too old for this crowd" and the other says "you should race as much as you possibly can." So I'm sort of torn as to whether I want to do it or not. Luckily, i've got lots of time to figure it out.
For people that may happen to be in the Colorado area, do you know how much the collegiate racing schedule conflicts with the standard (ACA?) one? I'm mainly concerned w/ road races.
thanks for any info,