I am interested in road racing world, but I am a complete noob with no racing experience.
Maybe some of you can help clear some things up for me and offer some guidance.
ME: 25/M I have only been cycling a year. Last year I gave up my car for a bicycle, and I haven't been able to stop riding since. I ride everyday, but other than riding by myself, I have only done a few Century group rides and events. The last ride I did was a double century, I road in a pace line for the first time and it was such an incredible experience.
I am not really outfitted to race currently. I have a Trek Portland, SPD shoe's and pedals, some basic gear, and no REAL racing experience.
GOAL: To continue to develop myself with the goal of entering the lowest entry level racing category for my age bracket to start out, and see what this is like. What speed, distance's, and cycling ability's/knowledge will I need to reach this goal? What advise can you offer me to look into starting out? Will I have to try and join a team to start out, what kinds of organizations and places should I look into in order to get something started?
I don't know where to begin, and its a bit intimidating with my current experience, setup and lack of knowledge.
thanks in advance for any advise you may offer.