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Old 03-06-05, 09:59 PM   #1
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How many races do you do each year?

Here is why I ask... the expense...

A typical race costs 20 dollars for enternce fees and lets say 10 - 15 dollars for fuel (to get you there if it is a long way away). Some venues charge for parking 5.00 dollars so a typical race day can run 40.00 not including food, etc.

Citrus Valley Velo funds part of each race fee (about 75%) but not the other expenses such as gas etc. A typical race can then vary from 5.00 dollars vs 15.00 dollars or more. Now I looked at my schedule and I can find at least 1 race each month that are somewhat close to my location (ontario, redlands, diamond bar) and they will cost almost nothing (besides a few dollars in gas) to do with club sponsorship.

Some races, like the Domingias Hills and the Home depot criterium cost around 20.00 to do with gas. I looked at my schedule and noticed that if I want to do at least 2 crits per months I will have to do one or two with rather heafty price tags. As someone who is not independtly wealthy I have a hard time coming up with the cash sometimes to go racing.

Does your race schedule have to do with how much a race costs or how far you have to drive to get there (within reason)?

Just looking at my schedule and trying to figure which races to do and not.
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I will be doing about 20+ races between now and September. Currently there are 12 on my calendar, but I may pick up some other local USCF crits for experience and training (which will be designated as C priority). I'm also (hopefully) doing Ride the Rockies as a good training experience (what a great way to work on climbing). Its a week long and several hundred miles. I may also do the Courage Classic but I might not and might just stick to some specific training for those few days....
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I am planning 12 criteriums right now also, the local ones between now and August,
some races are just out of hand with cost so I will cut them out...
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Chris Horner had a great story about this. Basically he needed to win to pay for the event he was in. Good incentive.
http://www.dailypeloton.com/displayarticle.asp?pk=7383

What about carpooling to the event? Most people have two bike mounts on their racks. It would at least halve the gas.
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Old 03-07-05, 12:35 AM   #5
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I'm planning on about 15 races this year. 1 crit, but we'll see how I like that before I decide to or decide not to do any more crits. The club I'm in has a great policy, allowing reimbursements for placing or if you help a teammate reach 1st -3rd.
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That has been a thought... probably later in the season. It is hard for me because I usually can not stay the whole day
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I realize a triathlon isn't the same type of racing that you're discussing here but to put things into perspective, I have 3 "A" triathlons this year. A Sprint in April ($55.00), a half IM in June ($100.00) and half IM in October ($140.00) + traveling expenses.
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You'd have to research it, but there's a way you can write off all your expenses on Schedule C when you do your taxes.
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This is a good question. You forgot about hotel expenses too. Unfortunatlly I live in a bike race unfriendly town/area so most of my races are hours away. I generally have a rule that if the race is 3 hours then I get a hotel. I never budget for racing so I don't know how much IO spend but I am always broke

I do about 25-30 a year including about 10 cyclocross races. So I am looking at an annual expense of about $2000 and that does not include bike maintence and god forbid medical bills

This year being on a team I hope to save a bit more on travel expenses at least.
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I could not afford to dish out 2000 per year I am a poor student!

That would be great to write off the money each year... hmmm!
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About 25-35 and then cross(6-10). As another poor college student, carpooling is key, making friends in places 2 hours or more away is key, being as frugal as possible is key. My job at the magazine gets me into a few races for free, my other job satisfies all my equipment needs, and through my club, my college and the mag I can usually scrape out a place to stay, and if not sleeping in the car always works wonder. Gotta live it
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