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    just got my first USAC race license

    They started me at Cat2 when they saw my name.



    Just kidding. But I'm excited. Training races start in March. The weather isn't dipping much past 40 degrees these days and spring is on it's way. Anyone getting AMPED?

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    Have fun racing! I did one race last year and had TONS of fun. I've been crazy nervous pretty much everyday since because I've only had a few group rides since the winter and I feel like I'm going to get dropped at the start line. But yes, AMPED ! This year will be huge. I think I may come down to the states for a few races this year, I'll have to talk to my coach about that though; you thinking about coming to Ontario at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstang13 View Post
    Have fun racing! I did one race last year and had TONS of fun. I've been crazy nervous pretty much everyday since because I've only had a few group rides since the winter and I feel like I'm going to get dropped at the start line. But yes, AMPED ! This year will be huge. I think I may come down to the states for a few races this year, I'll have to talk to my coach about that though; you thinking about coming to Ontario at all?
    the closest i'll ever get to canada is watching the bruins smush whatever canadian team theyre playing. Turns out Chara is a huge cyclist- he apparently bikes part of the Tour de France course every year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UMassAm View Post
    Turns out Chara is a huge cyclist- he apparently bikes part of the Tour de France COURSE every year.
    fixed.
    "If you're riding less than 18 MPH up a 2% grade please tell people Coggan is coaching you."

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    "just got my first USAC race license"


    Thanks for the reminder - I've been meaning to buy some more Johnson & Johnson stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTallRider View Post
    fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UMassAm View Post
    the closest i'll ever get to canada is watching the bruins smush whatever canadian team theyre playing. Turns out Chara is a huge cyclist- he apparently bikes part of the Tour de France course every year.
    Leafs are better.
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    Some of us have been racing since January.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UMassAm View Post
    They started me at Cat2 when they saw my name.



    Just kidding. But I'm excited. Training races start in March. The weather isn't dipping much past 40 degrees these days and spring is on it's way. Anyone getting AMPED?


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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
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    Ironically, this is actually 33 material.
    I'm sure when you were getting to the point of blowing nothing was obvious but making the pain stop...I don't know about you but after the fact I always look back at those moments and think 'why didn't I just keep going' but at the time there wasn't enough oxygen on the planet to make me take one more pedal stroke.

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    While it might seem that way at first blush the word AMPED doesn't belong in the 33

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    I'm AMPED to see where this thread goes since you can't move it...

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    hahaha i forgot, i dont need to be nice to garbear anymore. I can make fun of him all i want cuz he's not a mod.....Gary you smell.
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    Congrats on taking the plunge. I'd advise reading the stickied info asap - it's good stuff.
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    Isn't this garbear, exbear, jsutbear and kwakbear out collecting stuff for bf?

    How sweet...
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    Speaking of first licenses, I have a question. I had my first race last weekend, on the 17th, and paid the $60 to get a full license, rather than just a one day. I've got my next race this weekend, on Sunday, but haven't gotten any confirmation yet that my license has been processed or anything. So when I show up to this race on Sunday what do I do if I haven't gotten a license by then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hank0604 View Post
    Speaking of first licenses, I have a question. I had my first race last weekend, on the 17th, and paid the $60 to get a full license, rather than just a one day. I've got my next race this weekend, on Sunday, but haven't gotten any confirmation yet that my license has been processed or anything. So when I show up to this race on Sunday what do I do if I haven't gotten a license by then?
    GO to USA Cycling and print out the receipt and authorization to race
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    Quote Originally Posted by hank0604 View Post
    Speaking of first licenses, I have a question. I had my first race last weekend, on the 17th, and paid the $60 to get a full license, rather than just a one day. I've got my next race this weekend, on Sunday, but haven't gotten any confirmation yet that my license has been processed or anything. So when I show up to this race on Sunday what do I do if I haven't gotten a license by then?
    Explain it to the race officials, sometimes they can lag on processing paperwork. Have you visited the USAC website, yet?

    edit: rkwaki, you're a ninja.
    Attack in the feeling because it says I'll win absolutely.

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    you can print an authorization to race from usacycling.com

    you don't actually ever need a license if you print one every 30 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jandro View Post
    Explain it to the race officials, sometimes they can lag on processing paperwork. Have you visited the USAC website, yet?

    edit: rkwaki, you're a ninja.
    I've got him on ignore. If I said the same thing my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
    I've got him on ignore. If I said the same thing my bad.
    You don't have me on ignore...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hank0604 View Post
    Speaking of first licenses, I have a question. I had my first race last weekend, on the 17th, and paid the $60 to get a full license, rather than just a one day. I've got my next race this weekend, on Sunday, but haven't gotten any confirmation yet that my license has been processed or anything. So when I show up to this race on Sunday what do I do if I haven't gotten a license by then?
    When you paid for the annual you should have gotten a carbon copy, sort of like (at least in CT) the temp registration paper you get when you get a car.

    The officials file the paperwork, including the annual application. Usually it goes to the district rep. The district rep then files the paperwork with Colorado. Someone in CO inputs your data. You get your license shortly after that step.

    It can take 6-8 weeks or even longer.

    You won't be in the system for a while because you'll exist only on hard copies in the official's and rep's hands. You can't print an authorization to ride because there's no record of you in Colorado.

    If you don't have a carbon copy of your annual renewal then you need to get in touch with the promoter and get one, or somehow convince the district rep that you paid for an annual. It would be best to have either a carbon copy of that application or a fax of the application that you can print out.

    In the past people used to fill out another annual at the next race. To avoid this USAC said they won't refund license fees or something to that effect. Not sure about what the policy is for 2013.

    This is a weakness in USAC's licensing structure. It would be best to force people to buy a license online (even at the races - maybe through smartphone etc) because the you'd get the license relatively quickly. I recommend people get their licenses online rather than at the race for this reason.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UMassAm View Post
    the closest i'll ever get to canada is watching the bruins smush whatever canadian team theyre playing. Turns out Chara is a huge cyclist- he apparently bikes part of the Tour de France course every year.
    +1 - Bruins vs Chicago for the cup
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    Do you need a license to help run a cat 5 clinic ?
    What if I get dropped ?
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    Hell I'll pay for your license.

    To answer your questions, "yes you do" and "wait a lap and tell them that someone needed extra help".

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