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Old 07-10-09, 05:28 PM   #1
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how to get into competitive cycling

im 17 live on long island and feel like i never hear about races. i want to get into competitive cycling badly. should i join a club? or get in contact with a national team or something?
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Find a bike shop and ask one of their employees. Ideally, you can find a race somewhere around you and show up with a bike and race as a Cat5. Then you can talk to people there about teams.

You might want to do some asking around in the road racing subforum, under the road cycling forum.
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Train and compete in local races. If you are good enough, you won't have to contact anybody, they will be contacting you.
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You live in NYC and can't find races? I guess you don't know what an alleycat is?
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You live in NYC and can't find races? I guess you don't know what an alleycat is?
Dude. Where the alleycats live...
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The alleycats live on the streets of NYC - which happens to be where the OP lives - not on the internet. If you're having trouble finding a race in NYC, you're simply not looking.
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The alleycats live on the streets of NYC - which happens to be where the OP lives - not on the internet. If you're having trouble finding a race in NYC, you're simply not looking.
I'm pretty sure OP is not looking for Alleycat-type races.
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OP is looking to get into "competitive cycling". Regardless of whether or not you want to eventually do formal road races, you can still start doing alleycats. They're frequent, cheap to enter, require no license or safety equipment, and are a ton of fun. Best of all, they'll get you in shape, and get you used to riding as fast as you bloody can. I did a bunch of alleycats before I ever bought my UCI license.
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i dont live in nyc. i live almost 80 miles away. on LI. ive herd of ally cats but never done one. and it would be kind of hard to get into the city due to the fact that i dont have a car. maybe take the train?
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The alleycats live on the streets of NYC - which happens to be where the OP lives - not on the internet. If you're having trouble finding a race in NYC, you're simply not looking.
Long Island and NYC are different places.
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Can we move this thread to its proper place please?

I have never heard of any of these Pros or races you guys are talking about.
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Reasonable point - although, I can see why the OP may have thought this was the place for it.
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You live in NYC and can't find races? I guess you don't know what an alleycat is?
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OP is looking to get into "competitive cycling". Regardless of whether or not you want to eventually do formal road races, you can still start doing alleycats. They're frequent, cheap to enter, require no license or safety equipment, and are a ton of fun. Best of all, they'll get you in shape, and get you used to riding as fast as you bloody can. I did a bunch of alleycats before I ever bought my UCI license.



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im 17 live on long island and feel like i never hear about races. i want to get into competitive cycling badly. should i join a club? or get in contact with a national team or something?
Where on Long Island are you? Nassau? Suffolk? North Shore? South Shore? If you want pm me and I'll give you some info.
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