Please school me on clubs and licenses, etc.
This will be my first year of racing. My goal is to get through Cat 5 this Summer, and maybe do a couple Cat 4 races. I'm a freelance worker so there may even be a few weeks I can do multiple races. I've been riding for about 10 years, but don't have a lot of experience riding in groups - which I gather Cat 5 will rectify.
As far as clubs go, I gather I can race in Kissena sponsored races unattached because they are "open," plus I think the fee is the same for Cat 5's. Joining a club like Kissena may give me some support and help me meet people though. Otherwise, I have to be a member of CRCA if I want to race in Central Park.
I live in Brooklyn, and it is likely that I will do most of my racing at Prospect Park and Floyd Bennett Field, but it may be nice to have the option of racing in Central Park. I was thinking I would be riding unattached or as a member of one of those giant clubs through Cat 5 and then see if I make friends or get noticed by a team whom I could race for as a Cat 4...
Also, is a USCF license all I need/want?
Please advise me on how to get started. Thanks!