I live in SoCal (the northern end of), been racing 4 years, and have been on a team the last two. I'm a CAT4 (35+) for life with dreams of maybe winning a race just once.
I'm not particularly excited about the team I'm currently on so I'm seriously thinking about going unattached next year. I don't really want to but it seems like the thing to do. The problem is I live too far from any racing clubs/teams. The closest teams are an hour drive or more and that's just not going to work for training rides. If you don't train with the guys you don't get the comradery and then you don't go to races together and ultimately you're out there riding by yourself. Then I thought maybe I should just join a team for the perks. What perks? Save a few bucks on tires and maybe an energy drink? Do it so I don't have to pay the stupid "unattached" fee? I don't think so.
I'm even considering going with the "unattached" kit just so I'm not wearing some boring plain red jersey all next year. But then again I'm not sure I want to wear some boring black/white kit either.
I really need to start my own team, design my own kit, and con all my slow riding buddies into joining. We may suck at the local races but at least we'll look good and have fun doing it.