Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    7
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    how to get into competitve cycling?

    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.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Utah
    Posts
    912
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Get to the point where you can ride that loop about 40 times a week, then find a local shop that has a club or team that does group rides, then once you're comfortable with them sign up for some cat-5 races. At that point you should be able to figure it out by yourself.

  3. #3
    Travelling hopefully chasm54's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Uncertain
    Posts
    6,271
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by john winn View Post
    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.
    Start here
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

  4. #4
    Senior Member AdelaaR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Vlaamse Ardennen, Belgium
    Posts
    3,891
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by john winn View Post
    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.
    4 miles in 13 minutes.
    That's less than 20mph.
    No offence but that's pretty slow for such a short distance.
    To put it in perspective ... I ride way faster than you ... for way longer ... on my hybrid.
    Instead of wondering how and where you can enter races ... you'd better start off by riding more and riding harder to get stronger.

  5. #5
    Senior Member billykmd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Nashville TN
    My Bikes
    Trek Madone 4.5
    Posts
    76
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by AdelaaR View Post
    4 miles in 13 minutes.
    That's less than 20mph.
    No offence but that's pretty slow for such a short distance.
    To put it in perspective ... I ride way faster than you ... for way longer ... on my hybrid.
    Instead of wondering how and where you can enter races ... you'd better start off by riding more and riding harder to get stronger.
    Yeah I agree. That's roughly 18mph... You should find some other people to "race" and just get stronger. Consider riding longer distances too
    2011 Trek Madone 4.5

  6. #6
    Senior Member todayilearned's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    463
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Can someone list a resource for competitive #'s for Cat 5 and Cat 4 cyclists?

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    5,834
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    1) Find a racing-oriented club.

    2) Go on their rides, get your @#! kicked, and listen to what they're yelling at you.

    3) When you can hang with the club rides and they don't have to yell at you much anymore, get a racing license.

    4) Enter some races, get your @#! kicked, and listen to what they're yelling at you.

    5) When you can hang in the races and nobody's yelling at you much anymore, then you're a bike racer.

  8. #8
    Senior Member Hapsmo911's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    SF Bay Area
    Posts
    472
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
    This.........

  9. #9
    Senior Member mkadam68's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    30 minutes North-West of Los Angeles.
    My Bikes
    2012 MotorHouse road bike. No. You can't get one.
    Posts
    3,482
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by todayilearned View Post
    Can someone list a resource for competitive #'s for Cat 5 and Cat 4 cyclists?
    We could, but you couldn't trust them. (I'm assuming you mean speeds?) Too many factors to be dogmatic about average speeds. Hills, winds, temperature, length of course, type of race (crit, circuit, or road race), number of riders in race, location of race (Belgium faster than U.S.?), general feeling of the pack on any given day, etc...

    The best advice is already given here: check out the resources that Six jours & chasm54 are mentioning.

    Visit The C-Blog : the blog about cycling.

  10. #10
    Administrator CbadRider's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    On the bridge with Picard
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez, Specialized Sirrus
    Posts
    5,516
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Moving from Road to Road Racing.
    Quote Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
    Does the ignore feature just replace all of the poster's text with "Said something stupid" because that would be awesome.
    Forum Guidelines *click here*

  11. #11
    Young and unconcerned Treefox's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Merry Land
    My Bikes
    Yeah, I got a few.
    Posts
    4,131
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'd say being comfortable in group rides would be more important than whatever numbers you do when toodling about yourself. That's the crux of racing, unless you're trying to go off the front at every opportunity.

    Find a shop that runs an easy group ride. Ride that until you think it's easy. Find a harder group ride. And on you go.

    And for all we know this guy lives in f'ing Le Bourg-d'Oisans; 18mph might be pretty sweet for his route.
    Die schokoladenseite des radfahrens.

  12. #12
    Genetics have failed me Scummer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Zorneding, Germany
    My Bikes
    Pedalforce CX1 & Trek Madone 5.9
    Posts
    2,830
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Go find a race, sign up, pin on number, get your ass kicked 100m after the starting gun and learn from it. Then train harder, way harder and join group rides to get comfortable at pack riding.
    Gelato aficionado.

  13. #13
    Throw the stick!!!! LowCel's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Charleston, WV
    My Bikes
    GMC Denali
    Posts
    17,588
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
    Go find a race, sign up, pin on number, get your ass kicked 100m after the starting gun and learn from it. Then train harder, way harder and join group rides to get comfortable at pack riding.
    It's amazing how getting your ass kicked a few times can motivate you to get faster.
    I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.

  14. #14
    Does Not Exist
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Voltairia
    Posts
    2,094
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If there's a velodrome near you, that is the best way to get started racing. Velodromes give you classes before you start racing, so the approach is less haphazard compared to the way most people start racing on the road.

  15. #15
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Posts
    7
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i dont even know what a velodrome is to be totally honest. i'm one of 5 cyclists in my town, but ill be going to a university soon so maybe ill find something. thanks guys for all the advice. im just going to take a good long time training.

  16. #16
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Colorado Spring, CO
    My Bikes
    Vail Cycle Works - Ti
    Posts
    652
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yes. Just do it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scummer View Post
    Go find a race, sign up, pin on number, get your ass kicked 100m after the starting gun and learn from it. Then train harder, way harder and join group rides to get comfortable at pack riding.

  17. #17
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,035
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by john winn View Post
    i dont even know what a velodrome is to be totally honest. i'm one of 5 cyclists in my town, but ill be going to a university soon so maybe ill find something. thanks guys for all the advice. im just going to take a good long time training.
    It's good to train and it's very important that you know how to handle your bike before racing, but don't just train for years before signing up for a race. Racing is fun, it's good training in and of itself, and it will let you know very bluntly what your weaknesses are.
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •