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Old 03-01-05, 02:38 PM   #1
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how do I get involved with racing?

I recently acquirred a road bike and am interested in taking part in a few races, if for nothing more than a good time. How would I find out about races and how would I get involved in them? I have been in other races before, but only alleycats on track bikes. Any advice about racing would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Where do you live? Find a local club website and they usually have links to race sites in the area. Here in Indiana they have this thing called the Indiana Race Series or IRS, and they have a website with a schedule on it. Maybe there is something similar in your area.

You don't have to join a team if you don't want. There are lots of pros and cons, but remember that you're allowed to ride on your own if you want. It's a good idea to go to www.usacycling.org and get a license. They cost $60, but if you don't have one you'll have to get a one-day license and eventually you'll end up spending $60 anyway.

Just train and go do one. I just had my first race, and nothing can teach you better than just getting out there and doing it.
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i usually use racelistings.com to find races in my area. most of them have a website you can then go to for all the details.

http://www.racelistings.com/nsn/default.asp
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Generally when you go racing you may have to pay an unattached fee. Race fees are generally in the 15 - 20 dollar range for just the race. One day licences are 10 dollars per day, unattached fees can be 5 or more depending on your catagory.

I was scared at doing my first time trial some time ago, now tt's are normal race for me... now I need to keep telling myself that for this weekend (first crit)...
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"if for nothing more than a good time"

Oh, sure, if you find burning thighs, aching back, tunnel vision, abject fatigue, and a long sure slide into the depths of poverty to be "a good time", then bike racing is the sport for you.

'cause it sure is for me.
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Just train and go do one. I just had my first race, and nothing can teach you better than just getting out there and doing it.
No.

For gods sakes, if you haven't already, get involved with some group and get a couple dozen group rides in before you race.

Pleeeease! If you don't you're just going to be a risk to everyone around you.
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Hehe Laggard, thats exactly what I did, though I didn't kill anybody.

DJ, your best bet right now is to head to ATA Cycles in Cambridge and ask them when the group rides that go out of there meet and get in a few of them. The Charge Pond (MA) and Bethel (CT) series start this weekend, and Wells Ave (MA) starts at the end of the month. If you've never raced before I reccomend you do some group rides till Wells starts as its the simplest course to learn on. Google "Wells Ave Training Series" for more info.
also see www.ne-bra.org
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No.

For gods sakes, if you haven't already, get involved with some group and get a couple dozen group rides in before you race.

Pleeeease! If you don't you're just going to be a risk to everyone around you.
He's right. I should have mentioned that. Learn how to ride in a paceline first. That should be part of your training.

What I should have said is don't spend all summer waiting for the "perfect" time to start racing. Don't spend a lot of time worrying about not being ready. After all, there aren't any pros out there, just normal guys like us. Don't be scared of racing. Once you're in good shape and can handle yourself in a group, just go out there and do it.
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Yes, riding in a pace line is not always as easy as it seems. Since racing is not an individual sport figuritivly speaking, having good skills will keep you and others out of trouble.

Of course you will not be able to see what kind of shape you are in until you go and do it... then adjust your training...
also see right away that pain tolerance is part of the game... and the lack of oxygen...

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DJ, your best bet right now is to head to ATA Cycles in Cambridge and ask them when the group rides that go out of there meet and get in a few of them.

thanks for the advice, I'm going to go do that today. Thanks.
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You go out to Harvard this morning?
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yeah, I rode out to ATA this morning. I might try to join in some rides once it gets nice out but I don't know if my 9 speed ultegra group can with stand the pressure of knowing that a ten speed group is available this year.
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I was one of the three ECV guys you ran into.
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I was one of the three ECV guys you ran into.
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Well if I'm thinking of the right group the three of us rode into Harvard Square when you guys were resting at the general store.
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oh yeah, me with my de rosa and my friend with his yellow fixed gear?
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