im new to cycling and i had some questions. i know competitive cycling isnt simply riding a bike around but i was wondering how to get into actual races. riding against my friend is getting boring. how should i prepare and what exactly do i need? if it means anything ive been riding a 4 mile loop on a cheap dawes lightning 1000 with various inclines. i average around 13 minutes and my best time is 12:12 so far. thanks in advance guys.