I'm going to try out racing in about a month.
history: long time endurance racer both on and off road. ultra endurace road, 100mi type stuff off road.
anyways, i've, a pretty expensive custom IF crown jewel steel frame fork, new this year with top end components. I'm not rich, and am very nervous about trashing it racing around central park. since it's steel, it's pretty easy to fix, but...
would you a: buy a cheaper bike like a caad 9 and toss it around not caring if you wreck it.
or b: say screw it, race the IF and use all that money for the caad 9 and finally go to power training, something i've been wanting to do for awhile now.