Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Lexington KY
Bikes: 1970s or 80s concord pacer, 2007 dawes roadbike, 2005 raleigh supercourse
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just because your college doesnt have a cycling team doesnt mean you cant start one. it is dirt cheap, and after amassing a few sponsors, a small team could probably have a fair amount of their expenses paid for. the most expensive thing is uniforms, so maybe just do jerseys rather than full kit right away. also, your racing license would be cheaper that way too. it would be a good resume builder to be a founder and captain.
also, like it was said, get in some fast group rides. they are your best training. also look for alleycats and other local groups that host their own races you dont need a license for. they arnt very competitive but they are usually at night and through traffic, which really hones your handling skills.
some things you may want to get:
training manual - since you are without a club for now, this will be your best bet.
cheap computer- just to monitor your avg speed on the same ride, to find improvement - dont be fooled though, being used to a route will add speed as you know the turns and hills. upgrade to one with cadence if you really get into it. hell, i still dont have one with cadence.
heart rate monitor - useful for aerobic and/ or anaerobic (cant remember exactly) training which is essential for racing
decent tires - for cornering
just get out and practice and do group rides. try empty parking lots and corner at high speeds around the islands. do intervals
remember: the bike does not make you fast, you make the bike fast.
as merckx put it "dont buy upgrades, ride up grades'