Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Riverside, California
Bikes: Trek 2100 Road Bike, Full DA10, Cervelo P2K TT bike, Full DA10, Giant Boulder Steel Commuter
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It is not all that bad once you get going with the processes.
1. Buy your USA cycling licence (or get a one day at the race)
2. Pay your race fees (the actual fee for each catagory, like 18 dollars)
Most races you should be able to race without a team (i.e. unattached) and you may or may not have to pay an "unattached fee", usually 5 dollars. Being part of a team depends on the team itself, generally you pay the yearly fee, buy your uniform and possibly do a number of training rides with the team. You also possibly have to participate in putting on a race each year.
As you gain experience you will be moved up blah blah... but to just race it is realitlvly cheep if you buy a licence.
Just your average club rider... :)